British judge rejects case, calls it an 'attack' on LDS

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  • RedDot Saint George, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    So the argument some of the so-called 'mainstream Christians' commenting here are making seems to be that the Holy Scriptures contain and outline covenants yet this does not constitute a valid or applicable "contract" because no one can show you your own 'wet-ink' signature as a party to it?

    Someone seemed to be talking about the membership status of the disaffected tom Phillip who brought this suit, I wonder if the anti-mormon Paul Drockton (if this is actually his real name) is also a member of record? He seems to preach all manner of libel against President Monson... really, it's stuff that could get ya sued big time...

    Just wonderin

  • JM Lehi, UT
    March 26, 2014 2:43 a.m.

    @Silverprospector I've thoroughly researched the BofA and the BofM, and, since this is my last comment (just 4 still??) I'll simply say that if any critic had actually found any fatal flaw with either book, they would have posted it by now. It's easy to claim the BofA was mistranslated, but providing proof seems impossible, so it's a matter of faith for the anti-mormon ;).
    On the other hand, it also seems impossible for Joseph to have known all the accurate names, customs, language structure, symbolism, places, geographic ups & downs & turns & customs & political powers, etc etc of the ancient MEast & Americas. He included Lamanite Baalisms, barley, elephants, the Tree-Mary, King, crocodile, goddess, etc all appropriately associated (as in Americas, Egyptian, MEast) Abraham consistently as Osiris (how did JS know?), seer with Hor (&Shulem), Jah-oh-eh as earth, Amon-Re key to open way, was-scepter as authority, wdjet light & glory, Horus-Soped etc as firmament & ship as ship of 1000, "Olishem" now found in Naram Sin, Abraham anciently associated with sacrifice on lion couch, Kolob heart of universe, creative center (of4) apes associated with stars etc etc etc. How did Joseph know?

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 25, 2014 7:51 p.m.

    @Jesus loves you
    If we are to use your conclusions, then Jesus fulfilled the 10 commandments and they are no longer commandments. Since the laws are fulfilled, you advocate that we can lie, steal, cheat, murder, hate our parents, worship idols, and several other things, as long as we accept Jesus as our Savior. I don't buy your argument, but you may choose to ignore the admonition of Jesus to take care of the poor and in many other ways be perfect, even as our Father in Heaven is perfect. And Jesus didn't really mean it when he told the woman, "Go thy way and sin no more". May I advocate that you read the entire scriptures and find that whatever is good comes from God?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 25, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    I can't wait to hear from President Thomas S. Monson within the next couple weeks... I do doubt he'll mention this case.

  • Silverprospector SAN ANTONIO, TX
    March 24, 2014 4:00 p.m.


    With your comment I have to wonder if you have done any research at all into the book of Abraham, book of Mormon, or the life of Joseph Smith. According to your bold claims, my bet would be no. Most Mormon at least acknowledge that there are problems with his stories. They also acknowledge that the book of Abraham is a problem because Josephs translation of it (the parts we do have) are wrong. You seem to deny that these problems exist, and that concerns me.


    I have paid tithing for 47 years. I have stopped paying it for the last 11 years. My life is the same, except I have more money to use for things my family needs. We are very blessed. Nothing has changed since I decided to stop, so the blessings that I am apparently missing out on aren't noticeable so I guess I won't miss them. (I don't believe they existed in the first place). I don't believe god will reward those who pay him and punish those that don't.

  • JM Lehi, UT
    March 24, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    See "Why Giving Matters" to learn some of many wonderful things about LDS tithing. Brooks was president of the American Enterprise Institute and is Catholic.
    As for Phillips and Co., Mormons who think don't try to destroy faith, reason, or innocent people. Thinking Mormons know the Book of Abraham and Book of Mormon are miraculous and historical. And the logical, spiritual, religious, etc. evidence supports that.
    And, after nearly 200 years of trying to prove these books are false, none- not the educated critic or the ranting haters, or anyone in between- no one has been able to find a fatal flaw in either book, and each critical claim has fallen or will fall.

    The valid evidence indicates that LDS scriptures are the word of God, AND are Historical. And Joseph Smith could not have known the truths in them without God's help.
    This includes the books accurately giving names, symbols, places, customs, cultures, geography, predictions etc. etc. unknown to JS or his associates.

    So, Critics, be thankful that God guides and gives, smile and do something worthwhile : ). The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS does great good, and brings happiness to those humble enough to heed.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    March 24, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    Have you ever hear of embezzlement, i.e. one set of books to show where the money goes and one set of where the money REALLY goes. I am not saying that you religions do that. I am saying that, when you have faith, it is a more powerful force than paper...

  • nebocreek Nephi, UT
    March 24, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    We receive some blessings now, but many of them are unseen and not related to this mortal existence as we see it. The greatest blessings will come after our mortal existence. We pray for our families to be protected and blessed but are we always aware of being protected? I believe that we are protected and blessed in ways that we don't even realize or understand right now. Mortality is brief -- "life eternal" with God is forever.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    March 24, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    @ Silverprospector:

    No one ever claimed that non-believers who don't pay tithing don't receive blessings. There are all types of blessings that people can receive that are unrelated to the paying of tithes. But those who don't pay tithes don't receive the specific blessings related to that particular commandment. And those who pay tithes with the wrong attitude miss out on blessings as well. It's a fact.
    Put the Lord to the test and try it. And if you do it correctly, you'll discover blessings you never previously knew existed.

    @ DocHolliday:

    It seems pretty obvious from your statements that even if you previously did actually pay tithing, you did it with the wrong attitude and for the wrong reasons. Otherwise, the blessings you would've received would vastly outweigh those you still receive when not paying tithes per God's commandment.
    As explained above, people can and do receive blessings unrelated to the paying of tithes. But it's impossible to receive the specific blessings related to the paying of tithes without actually doing so, and with a spirit of love toward your fellowman. Literally all tithe money is used to benefit mankind.

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    March 23, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    "The whole idea was bizarre and unwise."

    Unwise depends on your perspective. If Phillip's goal was to win the lawsuit, it probably was, although even at that the church had to pay its own legal fees. If his goal was to get some unfavorable press for the church and wake some more people up that probably happened.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    March 22, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    @A1994 "The tithes that are collected by the church are accounted for and used much more efficiently than the collections of other Christian denominations."

    Every non-LDS church I have been part of publishes a full line item budget for the coming year and a full line-item financial report of all income and all spending during the previous year. It is printed and available to all members.

    If memory serves, an LDS Church leader at General Conference declares that accountants have looked at the records and all are in order. No details and nothing is published - you just have to believe everything is fine and wonderful.

    I prefer a whole lot more transparency in my financial reports.

    As far as "efficient use" - by what standard? I am currently a member of a UU church that has a skilled and knowledgeable professional staff, a wonderful building that is in almost constant use by community groups for positive causes, and members who are engaged in good works in the community in a wide range of causes. I am not sure how much more efficient you can get.

  • Silverprospector SAN ANTONIO, TX
    March 22, 2014 7:58 a.m.


    So just to clarify, you think that the vast majority of the world who aren't mormon and don't pay tithing don't get blessings? That is a bold claim, and I don't think for one second that it is true. Because the promise the lord gives is so vague (blessed beyond measure), that you could consider and count any good luck as a 'blessing' when you pay tithing. Conversely, you could easily use any bad luck example of a non tithe payer as a trial for not having paid tithing. So many people don't pay tithing and have full, rich (blessed) lives, and I have seen so many people pay tithing and keep having bad things happen to them over and over. So the lord's vague promise can't be counted as a realistic one. Especially because the lord gave the tithing commandment to a group of people in the bible over 2,500 years ago (if at all).

  • JM Lehi, UT
    March 22, 2014 12:09 a.m.

    LDS don't believe tithing saves them & many Christian leaders believe in "tithing" donations etc. and bemoan the fact that some "Christians" reject almost all of the commandments (see quote below). On topic: TomP's case was not just silly and based on bogus claims, it was also bullying, hateful, and greedy. (Read Tom quotes on FAIRlds).
    It's sad that so called "Christians" would support this guy and his tall tales.
    Anti-mormons have been trying to prove the Church is false for nearly 200 years, all have failed, and always will, even if they find an anti-mormon Judge to go along with it. : )

    A good video for those rejecting tithing is "Why Giving Matters" by Arthur C. Brooks, he's Catholic.
    From Ronald J. Sider on beliefnet& Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience “Only six percent of born-again Christians give the traditional tithe..And when it comes to racism, Lord have mercy…evangelicals were more racist than everybody else....poll after poll.."that evangelical Christians are as likely to embrace lifestyles every bit as hedonistic, materialistic, self-centered, and sexually immoral as the world in general."

  • bj-hp Maryville, MO
    March 21, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    The Lord has promised that as we pay tithing that we will be blessed beyond measure. We are also told that we were also not have certain things until after the test of our faith. I too have seen many who don't pay tithing gets lots of tithing and those that do get lots of trials. It reminds me of Job who went through all types of test just so Satan could test his diligence. After the test of his faith he received everything two fold. The same is said for those who say I don't pay tithing and I get lots of blessing. As Elder Oaks has taught 100 income and no blessings is always less than 10% of income plus blessing. Sometimes we don't what those blessings are until we actually sit down and see them. In my life since I started paying an honest tithe I've not been want for anything. This who legal thing was nothing more than trying to prove something that can't be proven.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    March 21, 2014 3:43 p.m.


    I do not see it as the source of a specific temporal blessing much more or less than the other commandments.

    I always think we fail to read the question to which the oft quoted verses (starting with 8) are an answer.

    The question is found in verse 7: "Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?"

    Tithing is a principle given to help Israel return to the Lord (and we to Him). Perhaps it also helps to keep our hearts from straying "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

  • Dex Naples, FL
    March 21, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    People seem to have trouble with a little understanding as to what commandments are for. I know you anti-mormon types don't like us to use scripture that you don't believe in, but it seems to help to make the point. In Doctrine and Covenants 82 it states, 8 And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a new commandment, that you may understand my will concerning you;

    9 Or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may act before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation.

    Basically those things that He tells us to do are there to help us to understand Him a little better. I do realize that sacrificing a little of my income to help others barely even scratches the surface on the amount of sacrifice that my Lord and Savior, but it helps me to understand Him just a little bit more.

    Also, I'm not quite sure that I understand why it bothers you so much about what I do with my money.

    anyway, that is just me.

    Hope everybody has a great day.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 21, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    Philips makes no claims that the teaching of tithing itself is fraudulent, so anyone who thinks this somehow links to Philips claims is ignorant of them. The shocking thing is that he made any progress with these claims, which were just as bizarre and down right off the wall as the tithing claim. His claim with relation to the martyrdom of Joseph Smith is probably the most bizarre one, mainly because it is built around deliberately misrepresenting statements of Church leaders, ad trying to create a new case of criminal fraud that would stifle almost all speech.

    Philips victory would have a much greater negative impact on free speech than it would on freedom of religion. He seeks a world where you have to speak in a way that agrees to someone elses narrow definition of truth or face criminal penalties. That is very scary for all freedoms.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 21, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Phillips unlimited hate in not even referring to a church as a Church is a sign of people who avoid anything that even approaches good dialogue. Phillips is very representative of those people who seem to want to drive wedges between people, and engage in toxic dialogue. The world is a better place the less attention he gets. His rhetoric is toxic and divisive and the worst possible thing for the creation of good will.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 21, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    Elizabeth Roscoe should be disciplined for this blatant disregard for good judicial proceedings in issuing the initial findings. I also hope that contempt of court is found on Phillips and he is made to pay all the costs of this massive, over the top, freedom threatening legal action.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 21, 2014 2:40 p.m.

    The only surprising thing is that it took so long to come to this outcome.

    The accusations had no clear connection to tithing. The issues would have required inquiry into religious belies and an attempt to determine their validity. The whole idea was bizarre and unwise. This case will probably lead to a decision in England to end alloance of private prosecutions.

  • DocHolliday reno, NV
    March 21, 2014 2:31 p.m.


    I have not felt guilty or remorseful for one single second for not paying tithing. Since I stopped I have been blessed immensely. That is why I believe that no blessings are tied to tithing. It is independent of any blessings that come your way in life.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    March 21, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    Far too often the justice system is used by some for unjust purposes.

    It's nice to see someone in a position of authority actually has and
    exercises some common sense.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    March 21, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    "Losers Pay" law is in force in England where the Plaintiff pays for the attorney costs of the defendant if he loses.

    Since this was dismissed on the basis that the court felt the suit as an attack on religious principles, and that no court in the Britain would allow such a question of religious believe to be put before the court, the plaintiff will pay for the attorney's costs. That is the case in most of the world, but not in the United States.

    In the US, and only in Texas where a recently passed bill which was signed by Governor Rick Perry in which a party brings a suit and loses, will he have to pay the other parties attorney's fees if he loses.

    The "trial court attorney's" is a very strong lobby in the US, but people are getting fed up with frivolous cases, and in states which do not have the Texas law, in the judges discretion, he/she can require that the Plaintiff pay for the attorney's costs. But, this is only in each individual case.

  • nebocreek Nephi, UT
    March 21, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    We are here on earth to do our best to do what our Heavenly Father asks us to do. Tithing is a sacrifice for some of us. But aren't we really just trying to understand in a very infinitesimal degree the great and infinite sacrifice the Savior made for all of us. We are in school of sorts, being taught by our experiences and choices. If you want to be able to practice medicine as a physician it is required that you receive and are proficient by schooling and training-- if as Christ has ask us to "be ye therefore perfect , even as your Father in Heaven is perfect" then we no doubt, progress to do that by choosing to obey His commandments-- we can't become like Him unless we walk as He walked, sacrifice as he sacrificed ( in our own small way) learn, grow, be obedient to the Master teacher so that we too, can one day be like Him. Enduring to the end as Paul was successful in doing, is not easy-- we just have to keep doing our very best and Christ will make up the difference in His own way and time.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    *yawn*....let it go Mr Phillips. Life's too short to waste it being full of hate. Move on, find a hobby that's productive. Try working with animals (very therapeutic) or growing a garden (healthful and therapeutic). Doing something productive will give you good vibes and positive energy.

  • Madlyn6114 Wylie, TX
    March 21, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    There have been many statements and half-truths made regarding LDS doctrine. Salvation Is separate from tithing. No one is forced to pay it. I do choose to do so. However, if I do not, I can still attend services weekly and take part in activities short of temple ordinances. I could even choose to skip tithing settlement. Life would go on. The guilt as well belongs with the person, you own your feelings. I can also assure the other commentators here that other denominations do place limits based on tithing. Some will not marry couples who are not tithing payers. In my career as a nurse, I have also had the horrible experience of calling church pastors only to be told they would not come to a critically ill person's bedside because they were NOT tithing paying members and not considered to be in full fellowship with that faith. I have been at the bedside of a baby where parents were told if they had paid full tithing, they would not have been visited with this trial. It was a huge televangelist ministry. The only two faiths who came without restrictions: LDS and Roman Catholic.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    March 21, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    Just reading this guys arguments displays his total lack of understanding of doctrine as well as biblical teachings alone. Sad. But the Judge came to the only reasonable decision.

  • Raeann Peck Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    Dear Jesus Loves U

    I was saved the moment I was baptized, having faith in Jesus Christ. It's a blessing and a privilege for me to offer tithes, contemplating God's grace and goodness in the Gift of His Son who gave Himself to purchase my soul from sin, sorrow, and death. By His sacrifice I am saved. In my tithes, I remember Him, give thanks, and praise His Holy Name.

  • zionson Independence, MO
    March 21, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    When we ponder the scriptures the words "Grace and being saved" are clear on the Lords part with reference to the resurrection.However,on our end we have a lot to prove to the Lord. The world is in great need of understanding and accepting the principle of faith vs works and as we do so we will then and only then....we will understand obedience to the Lords commandments. Faith and works directly reflect volumes on the Lords sacrifice on our behalf namely the atonement. Paying tithing is a priceless commodity in terms of commitment to the faithful. We can never do right and feel wrong and vice verser and thats the fruits of the spirit of truth. The Prophets have seen our days many thousand years before and many prophecies are being fulfilled in our days due to lack of faith and following the prophets. I am not surprised to see whats going on in our world... Isaiah, Nephi and Moroni have reportedly seen our days with great concern and sadness... but be of good cheer because he will never give up on us. He has already set the path for us to follow and follow we must.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    March 21, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    This lawsuit was a silly attempt to try and expose much of the dubious claims the LDS church circulates to its membership and others throughout the world via missionary work. There are countless religions out there that champion similar unprovable propaganda.

    Religion simply cannot be legally proven or refuted and should remain a matter of faith. More importantly, such issues of faith should be kept out of the legal arena, except in clear cases where an organization has intentionally harmed a person.

    Regarding tithing, call it a test, obedience, opportunity, gift, whatever you like - the fact remains that there is indeed a hard cash 10% requirement for Latter Day Saints to ultimately receive the "blessings" of exaltation and eternal life...pure and simple. Calling it out in such a straightforward manner makes it uncomfortable for many Latter Day Saints to admit, but it's no less a fact.

  • Bill W Dansville, MI
    March 21, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    I think even if the court in the UK tried to adjudicate the faith issues (which is ludicrous, but I'm speaking hypothetically), there remains the issue of whether or not tithing is a "pay to play" requirement. Sure, you won't get a temple recommend if you don't pay a full tithe, but that's your choice, and you will still be a member of the church. No one is excommunicated for not tithing. Each member has to decide for themselves what their priorities are. Mr. Phillips is just beating his head against the wall with this foolishness.

  • johnpack Parker, CO
    March 21, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    hatchna wrote: "We are taught that the grace of Christ is sufficient for all to be saved, but that we must work to obtain that grace."

    This is a common misunderstanding in the church -- and one that misrepresents the LDS Church to the rest of Christianity.

    Nothing we do earns grace. Grace is a free gift from our Savior Jesus Christ. Without that grace, no one could even be saved in the Telestial Kingdom (let alone be exalted to the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom).

    But what kingdom we inherit is not based on what Christ would willing give us (namely everything) but rather on the kind of person we most deeply, truly want to be (and are working to become). Our actions, words, and faith all reinforce our desire to be with and be like our Father in Heaven. Our mortal flaws and limitations ensure none of us will arrive at our final destination in this life; however, with our desires firmly on our goal, we have faith that, through Christ's atonement, we will reach that goal.

    Withhold nothing from the Lord; accept His full gift!

  • Montana Mom Cascade, MT
    March 21, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    Where do people get the idea that asking someone to pay tithing to their church is fraud? It is a totally voluntary act of faith. No one is out there shaking down people, threatening to break their kneecaps, or casting cement shoes for them because they don't pay. And why would someone personally sue Pres. Thomas S. Monson for these things, anyway? He didn't institute the faith's idea of tithing. These funds are voluntarily donated to the church to help forward its cause of spreading the light of Christ through the gospel of Christ to all who will listen and accept its teachings. If you can't accept those teachings, don't. But you cannot take that right away from those who do. Magistrate Riddle did the right thing.

  • And_im_a_mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    It seems to me that this whole thing was not a legal proceeding, but a political one. And absolutely both sides drank of that bitter cup. The Lord will protect, and will condone the protection of His Church by whatever means necessary.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    March 21, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Jesus Loves U

    Salvation without sacrifice? God asks more for his sacrifice. The test is, do we believe it, or do we expect salvation on the cheap, just because we ask. It wasn't easy for HIM, and it isn't supposed to be for us. Besides a tithe, the LDS Church teaches, as the Book of James does, that "Faith Without Works, is Dead."

    As to the real point of this article, expect more such lawsuits coming, especially in this no consequences country with all the lawyers who would love to bring a lawsuit against God.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 21, 2014 6:30 a.m.

    "Paying what you determine to be a full tithe is a requirement for entering the Temple. You do not have to enter the temple to receive salvation. Temple ordinances are needed for exaltation."


    Agreed - sort of.

    You only go through the Temple 1 time - [the very first time] - for yourself.
    Everything else after that for the rest of your mortal life is on behalf of someone else.

    Like Socialsim,
    working on behalf of others less fortunate or not ABLE to for themselves,
    having sufficient [but not excessive] for your own needs,
    call it "a redistribution of Exhaltation" if you will.

  • Fleurdeliz Usa , AZ
    March 21, 2014 1:52 a.m.

    I think a lot of people are missing the point about Tithing. Yes, it is a prerequisite for a temple Recommend and yes, we are required to pay a 10th. Not because the Church needs it, or the Lord needs it, because we all know that he could give his church all the money in the world if he so desired... We are asked to pay out of Obedience, for Obedience is the first law in Heaven and the 1 thing that rules humans and is the prevalent driving force of most peoples hearts, is money and the love of money. By asking us to give up 10% of our earnings(which isn't a lot)we are being tested to see where our hearts really lie.
    It really doesn't matter who is wrong or right or why the LDS Church and it's people follow the Law of Tithing. What matters is, "How obedient are you willing to be for The Lord?"

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    March 21, 2014 12:38 a.m.

    Sooner or later the Court had to rule against Mr. Phillips.
    I wish him all the best in his life's quest of taking down the LDS Church. He isn't the first to try and he won't be the last. I suggest he see what happened to those people though.

  • common sense in Idaho Pocatello, id
    March 20, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    Just because one pays tithing does not mean they don't have any trials. My wife and I are full tithe payers and within six months our daughter has died and I have had brain surgery for a tumor. Yet I know that God loves me and my family. No doubt. I am very happy to pay an honest tithe because we will and are receiving the great blessings promised in Malachi.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:40 p.m.

    @Jesus Loves U

    You have your faith and the LDS have theirs. Just because their faith and doctrine is different that what you think it should be, it doesn't make it fraud.

    The tithes that are collected by the church are accounted for and used much more efficiently than the collections of other Christian denominations.

  • ginger76 Emporia, KS
    March 20, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    THinksIthink- then obviously, your Bishop, Stake president or Branch President is either not asking you all the questions in the temple recommend interview or they are giving the recommend to you without you paying tithing. IF it is the later, then they are in violation of church rules.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    March 20, 2014 10:21 p.m.

    I've never tithed to the church. I always give to charities because I like to support certain groups and want to know where my money is going.

    I've also never been denied a Temple recommend. You don't have to tithe to the Church, but giving 10% to charities counts just the same.

  • 2close2call Los Angeles, CA
    March 20, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    @cris who stated "We are not forced to pay tithing to the church."

    This statement is not true if you want to see your child be married in the temple you are required to pay 10%!

  • ginger76 Emporia, KS
    March 20, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    Now, since church leaders and revelation has come regarding temples, temple ordinances and the law of tithing. why would a member ever get the impression that paying tithing is something they shouldn't do? How would they continue in the religion, if they believed paying tithing was voluntary, especially since every year, you have "tithing settlement" and the Bishop asks you if you are a full tithe payer or not. Who has felt the guilt when they've said NO, Bishop, I am not a full tithe payer? If it was voluntary, then no guilt would be felt. No guilt would be felt if it wasn't a law and something required. To state otherwise is lying. Perhaps you should ask you bishop on Sunday if you feel my comments are wrong. Or you can also ask a temple worker or your stake president. Or, you can ask my parents, who are temple workers at the KC temple. They are there on Fridays.

  • ginger76 Emporia, KS
    March 20, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    Now, Mormons have a distinct doctrine. This is that families can be eternal through temple ordinances. Also, that if you are endowed, you can also be with HF. getting endowed also requires paying tithing in order to get a temple recommend, so you can enter the temple.
    Also, tithing is referred to by church leaders as "the law of tithing". Now, as with most laws, if it is not followed, there are consequences. What are those consequences. Well, one of them is that the destroying angel is pass by your door IF you pay a honest and full tithe. Now, the second one, is that you can't be a fully participating member if you dont pay a full tithe. This means, you cant get a temple recommend and maybe hold some higher leadership callings. Now, perhaps you dont care about going to the temple or the destroying angel, then you dont pay your tithing. However, if this is true, then why be a member at all? If temples are so vital to the religion and you think paying tithing is not a law and it is a voluntary thing, then why be a member at all?

  • sharrona layton, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    Re: Dave M, You should cite your source. OK,

    (Reed Smoot)Faced with intense pressure, Church leaders accepted the resignations of apostles Matthias Cowley and John W. Taylor, who were rumored to have performed plural marriages after the Manifesto. To further evidence good faith, in the annual April conference of 1904 President Smith issued a "Second Manifesto" that added ecclesiastical teeth to the Manifesto of 1890. Excommunication would now follow for those who refused to relinquish the practice of plural marriage.(Encyclopedia of Mormonism).

    A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,…. 1 Timothy 3:2(KJV)
    The Apostles did not maintain any .O.T. pattern of polygamy and they and the early church condemmed it.
    1. Justin Martyr (c.160) rebukes the Jews for allowing polygamy:" [ANF, vol. 1, p. 266]
    2. Irenaeus (c.180) condemns the Gnostics for, among other things, polygamy: a plurality of wives..." [ANF, vol. 1, p.353]

    Re: BCA,.. to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness(Romans 4:5 NIV).

    You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.(Gal 5:4NIV)

  • ginger76 Emporia, KS
    March 20, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    Most LDS members are taught that if you want to be with your family forever, you need to get sealed in the temple to them. Now, in order to be sealed in the temple, you have to have a temple recommend. In order to get a temple recommend, you have to have an interview with your Bishop and Stake president, in some cases. Now, one of the questions asked of you is if, you are a full tithe payer. If you aren't a full tithe payer, you could either lie about it to get the recommend, or you could answer, yes, or no. Now, if you answer, No, as a honest answer, you will not get the temple recommend. This means, you cant go to the temple and perform the ordinances you need in order to be with Heavenly Father after this life. Now, what member wouldn't want to be with HF after this life? I dont know. Maybe there are some who dont really care. If that's the case, then why be in the religion at all?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:59 p.m.

    using the same logic we could outlaw the entire New Testament for its fantastic and unprovable claims of the resurrection of Jesus and all of his miracles. Throw also all the angelic appearances and transfiguration of Moses and Elias with Jesus and let's just burn and ban the New Testament and shut down Christianity. Stupid is as stupid does...someone once said.

  • Daughter of God slc, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:45 p.m.

    I think we should all pray for him. For him to come to this....makes me feel sorrow for him. Regardless of his actions (which I strongly do NOT support) he is still a son of God.

    Matthew 5:44
    But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:25 p.m.

    "Paying what you determine to be a full tithe is a requirement for entering the Temple. You do not have to enter the temple to receive salvation. Temple ordinances are needed for exaltation."

    So basically this is where the argument is. Some non-LDS Christians (since obviously LDS is Christian too) are saying that the LDS church requires you pay money to be saved and your response is the equivalent of saying 'no... but getting the platinum membership in heaven requires it'.

    So everyone is sort of half-right.

  • Daughter of God slc, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    For those not of the LDS faith, I think it is important for you to also know what tithing go's towards. Our leaders are NOT paid and the money go's to many things to help around the world including building church's, temple's and paying for programs within the church such as programs to strengthen our youth. There are also many programs that help in disaster relief and providing programs in poverty stricken areas of the world, such as clean water or wheelchairs/prosthetics at no cost to them. We also have fast offerings that go towards feeding the hungry and sheltering the poor, not just of our faith. Also as stated above tithing is not new with the LDS faith it is in the Holy Bible as well, which we believe to also be the word of God.

  • SJC16 South Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    There is no cash requirement to be saved, we are saved by works AND grace, the gift of grace is free, but we need to try to live the commandments that god has given us. We pay tithes to show god our love.(3 Nephi 24: 8-10) If you disagree I'm sorry but to sue President Monson for our doctorine of tithes is like suing the Pope Catholic doctorine of confession of sins. Because tithes are not forced, and the temples are on privately owned property. To sue President Monson is comparable to suing Bob Iger (The CEO of Disney) for having you pay to get into Disney land. It's Ridiculous. We know this won't go away greatness has always had great opposition. And we are ready to defend our faith, and our religious beliefs, now and forever.

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    March 20, 2014 7:32 p.m.

    Yet another example of "Can leave the church, but can't leave it alone" (sorry for the cliche).

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    March 20, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    "Your works are just one aspect of what God will use to make that judgment."

    And yet they are one aspect. I am sure you know the scripture which includes the phrase "after all you can do".

    To me that is semantics. To you something else. You can have the last word if you want.

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 6:37 p.m.

    Not semantics. LDS doctrine says we are saved by our mere commitment to follow Christ at baptism.

    The final judgment (after a 1000 years opportunity to decide who you want to be) is merely Christ’s determination as to where you would be the happiest for all eternity. Your works are just one aspect of what God will use to make that judgment. He will be merciful as he considers your intentions, effects of your environment, your personal trials, your knowledge, your mental capabilities, and your available opportunities to do good works.

    It is pointless to even try to judge ourselves or anyone else. We have only to commit to Christ, have faith in His love and His all-powerful ability to help us, and to serve Him to the best of our ability—continually repenting as we go. I do not give the slightest thought to what kingdom I will inherit. I trust Christ perfectly to judge me with the utmost mercy and fairness as I strive to be what I know He wants me to be. Christ want everything for me--for my sake--not His.

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    March 20, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    Bravo to this judge! We should get him to do a few seminars in America concerning how to think behind the bench.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    March 20, 2014 6:13 p.m.

    Early Saints were persecuted for their beliefs, the Prophet Joseph Smith endured many cruel acts prior to being murdered. I am so grateful tht my ancestors were strong in the gospel, and that I have been blessed with my church membership. My ancestors came to the United States in the 1600's from England. I am grateful for that heritage.

  • Todd_i Midway, UT
    March 20, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    This is a fantastic ruling for all freedom loving people. This is as much a freedom of speech issue as it is a religious issue. Whether you love or hate the LDS church, the Catholics, Buddhists, Environmentalists, or Occupy Wall Street, you can celebrate the judge's ruling. It is up to the individual, not government, to determine who you want to align with and believe.

  • ZenMormon West Valley, UT
    March 20, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    Joseph Smith taught, "Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things." In other words, if a religion doesn't ask you to sacrifice of your time, you talents, your money, it can not and will not produce the Faith necessary for salvation. I am thankful for a church that asks me to sacrifice my time, my talents, and my money. Has we are taught that everything we have is a gift from God, all he asks is that we return 10% to him. That is not to much to ask.

  • DocHolliday reno, NV
    March 20, 2014 4:22 p.m.


    He has remained true to his beliefs as well. His beliefs just differ from those of his family. To leave a man because he changes his mind regarding his own personal beliefs on god, religion, etc. is just silly. It is the "believe or else attitude." If his family would embrace his new beliefs maybe they would actually be able to accept them. Why must one believe in the same religion as another person in order to love them?

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    Justice was served. Had this gone forward every church, political party, charity or any organization that is based on belief would be a target if someone became disenchanted. The plaintiff has serious problems that don't belong in court.

  • Lilljemalm Gilbert, AZ
    March 20, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    Jesus Love U:
    From what you have written, I can tell that you neither know nor understand LDS doctrine regarding tithing and salvation, nor can I say that you understand the Bible from what you have said.
    Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses. Tithing is not part of the Law of Moses.
    Salvation does come through grace to those who follow Christ. A true follower does his or her best to obey the commandments. If not, they have no faith and the grace of God has no place in them. Because of the atonement (I don't like to use the word grace because of how Calvinism misinterprets it), we can repent and be saved. Without it, we don't have that opportunity. Basic belief or confesion that Jesus is the Christ is not sufficient to receive of God's grace. That is LDS doctrine.

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    March 20, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    "The LDS do NOT believe that we are saved by our works."

    This really just semantics. Where you go is determined by how "well" you have done. If it isn't that way, what is the difference between the top and middle tiers of heaven? And why do so many fear they are not "good enough" to make the Celestial world?

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    March 20, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    Happy for the ruling. Beliefs do not belong being judged in court. Don't know how it got that far. It was interesting, though, that the church attorneys said these things are beliefs and not facts.

  • Unreconstructed Reb Chantilly, VA
    March 20, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    @gildawg: wrong.

  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    March 20, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    A "personal prosecution" -- that must be like Steve Martin's "citizen divorce" in The Man with Two Brains.

  • Dave M Louisville, KY
    March 20, 2014 2:43 p.m.


    Again, when you quote an anti LDS website (really any website) or another author, you should cite your source.

    That is from Mormon Coffee and posted was by Sharon Lindbloom who "surrendered her life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1979. Deeply passionate about Truth, Sharon loves serving as a full-time volunteer research associate with Mormonism Research Ministry."

  • donn layton, UT
    March 20, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    RE: BleedCougarBlueNon-LDS faiths generally say "just believe in Christ, no obedience of any kind is required"?

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is ‘not from yourselves, ‘it is the ‘gift of Go’d— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.(Eph 2:8-10)

    Not without precedent,In 1904 oseph F. Smith was questioned during the senate hearings for Mormon senator Reed Smoot. During the three days he was interrogated, President Smith admitted to several surprising facts including: the violation of federal laws in the continuation of the practice of polygamy by Church leaders, years after the Manifesto supposedly discontinued it; President Smith’s own disregard of both the Manifesto and the law, demonstrated in his fathering of eleven children by five wives since 1890; and that he, though a prophet, had not received any revelations up to that point in his life.

  • theidma New York City, NY
    March 20, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    @ Jesus Loves U: The Old Testament is not 'null and void.' Many misunderstand the meaning of Jesus 'fulfilling the law.' Jesus often quoted from the Old Testament, so your argument about tithing being invalid since it is in the Old Testament, is flawed. For example 'when tempted by Satan during His 40 days of fasting in the wilderness (see Matt. 4:1–11), Jesus responded to the temptations by referring to Old Testament scriptures: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (see Deut. 8:3); “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (see Deut. 6:16); and “For it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (see Deut. 6:13; Deut. 10:20; Josh. 24:14).'

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    March 20, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    Jake D,

    I am guessing it's a slip (deliberate?) of whats to come (if not already). The Church is generally very private about whom they excommunicate. If an excommunication is made know, it's usually done by the one excommunicated.
    I'd be really surprised if at this juncture, the Church doesn't excommunicate. After all, this person has caused the Church to run up some legal expenses.
    The remaining question is would Thomas Phillips reveal the action? Or withhold, for some nefarious reason? After all, the website he supports, is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
    Personally, I consider him a former member, the paper work simply hasn't caught up.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    I feel like some of the Christians are approaching this from a 1 level heaven perspective and the LDS response is coming from a multi-level heaven perspective. So as a clarifying point... I know for sure that LDS doctrine does not require tithing in order to make it to SOME level of heaven, but I think the primary focus is on the celestial kingdom. I know that LDS belief is that some who aren't living members of the church can make it to the celestial kingdom so that would also require tithing to not be a pre-condition for that. However, the part I'm unsure about is that I'm pretty sure that the celestial kingdom is also divided into several levels and the highest of those... where does that one stand with regards to tithing/having to be a living member obtaining the proper temple rites?

    In other words, is there any level or sublevel (though sub is an awkward prefix since it'd be the highest if any) of heaven where failure to pay tithing is an automatic disqualifier?

  • bj-hp Maryville, MO
    March 20, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    Actually the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints doesn't require anyone to give their 10%. NO Bishop walks up to a member and says where is your 10% or check their books to ensure they are giving. In fact, it is all voluntary to do so. Now some say well I can't go to the Temple if I don't pay my 10%. That is true but there also 10 other questions that one must answer as well to obtain a Temple Recommend. The tithing is just one part. Joseph Smith stated that a religion that doesn't require sacrifice is no religion at all. As some of posters have stated it is a matter of faith and sacrifice that tithing is paid. It is misleading and incorrect for anyone to state the LDS Church requires 10% tithing. It is correct to state that our Heavenly Father requires it.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 20, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    As far as the court case goes, good thing it was dismissed. If not, that would open the flood gates for any church to be sued for donated funds when a member becomes dissatisfied. The case has no merit, and the judges acted accordingly. I don't believe in the church either, and donated alot of time and money to the church for over 30 years - but I did it because I believed it. Now that I don't, I don't give them money. I would never ask for a refund, nobody made me do it.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 20, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    I think that there is a misunderstanding between the LDS people and the non-LDS people here.

    The 10% tithing does NOT buy salvation. As the scriptures all declare, salvation will be given to all men. By salvation, I mean that you will not have to suffer forever for your sins. That means that even Hitler is will be saved.

    Paying what you determine to be a full tithe is a requirement for entering the Temple. You do not have to enter the temple to receive salvation. Temple ordinances are needed for exaltation.

    If you are not LDS want to understand the difference between salvation and exaltation, please fill out the form on the Church website for some nice missionaries to come and talk with you.

  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    March 20, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    This lawsuit was doomed to fail from the beginning, no self-respecting judge could have ruled otherwise. Anyone who was not completely blinded by Mormon-hate could have seen this coming a mile away.

    Speaking of which, I notice there are a fair amount of hysterical comments in the article over at the Tribune's website.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 20, 2014 1:02 p.m.

    The Caravan Moves On

    Are you talking about, the website that brings up real issues and real problems and real contradictions that exist in the real church using real facts and real sources? Yeah, we can't have that now can we.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 20, 2014 12:57 p.m.


    Tithing was not invented by god. It is a fabrication in the minds of men. They used to sacrifice their best animal in the hopes that god would bless them for it. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't Either way, all it did was make it so they had 1 less animal. Tithing is the same. God doesn't need money, man does. You would think that it god was running the mormon church he would make it so it doesn't need any money from the members. There are people that pay tithing that don't get blessings, and some that do. That is why blessings are not tied to tithing. Many great and influential people who aren't members and don't pay tithing have prospered on this planet. And many tithe payers have had struggles and bad things happen. It has nothing to do with tithing.

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Sorry “Jesus Love U”, but the Christians of old did not have to pay tithing because they did MUCH more. They gave EVERYTHING they owned. As related in Act 2: 32, “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

    The LDS adopted that exact same doctrine of having all things common. But they could not (or would not) do it. The Law of Tithing came to be as a result of that failure. The Lord is settling for a tenth of their earnings because the latter day saints were too selfish to be able to do what the former saints did. But at least they are willing to make SOME sacrifices.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    @Jesus Loves U:

    I wanted to answer with a commandment from Jesus himself from the New Testament:

    Matthew 19:16-31, to summarize, a man came to Jesus and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life (not salvation, there is a difference; salvation is for all, eternal life is to live with God). Jesus then quoted the commandments. He did not say to give them up, but quoted them. The man then said he had done all that and was told to give up all he had, not just 10%, but all to the poor.

    Lest we think that He was only taking about the rich, in verse 29 and 30 He says that he who gives will "receive an hundredfold" in this life and the life to come.

    It sounds like we are to give all we can to the Lord, that 10% is just the start…

  • gildawg Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Many of you also fail to know what standing Tom Phillips is in the LDS church. He has recieved the 2nd Anointing in the temple and had his calling and election made sure. His salvation was guaranteed at the hands of a "profit" of god. The LDS church has not can they excommunicate him

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    @Jesus Loves U

    The New Testament says a lot more than just that we can only be saved through Jesus. It also says (Matthew 7:21) that "not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

    I sincerely fear for anyone who imagines they are saved while yet making little effort to do God's will.

    The LDS do NOT believe that we are saved by our works. Anyone who says that, is lying to you. Rather, The LDS believe that AFTER we have come unto Christ, we MUST do everything in our power to do God's will (as Matthew said). If it is God's will that we give him back a tenth of our God-given earnings, as Christians, we comply with that His will.

    The LDS DO NOT believe that complying with God's will is what makes them eligible to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Baptism does that. They simply believe that complying with God's will is an inevitable and unavoidable behavior of all those who have truly come unto Him.

  • utahwitness Salt Lake, UT
    March 20, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    Jesus rejected money when he said "Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." He wasn't asking for money or requesting that people would give him anything, but this organization keeps demanding, besides tithes, more and more money. They say that it is not "obligatory" to pay it but when they teach that those who don't pay them their dues are "stealing" or will be "burned" or will not inherit a place in the kingdom of heaven for not doing it, then it becomes a controlling effort instigated with fear.

  • Pushalong colorado springs, CO
    March 20, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    Glad this has been settled. Mr. Phillips is an interesting person though. I read up on some of his experience in Church leadership and was fascinated by those experiences and what drove him to this. Very interesting...

  • AL The Younger Gilbert, AZ
    March 20, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    I cant imagine the pain this "ex" bishop must be going through that had him come to the conclusion he needed to sue the church. So much hate has to be involved when doing something like this. Maybe one day he will have a moment of clarity and come back to the church. I cant ever imagine leaving the church.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    March 20, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    @ SoCalChris:

    There is more going on in that individuals life than has been made public. If he had truly felt happy and blessed over the past few years, his heart and priorities wouldn't have changed so much. There are other things askew in this individual's life that he is choosing not to divulge. His current actions are the obvious indicator.

    Even his wife of decades and his children think he is in an apparent irretrievable downward spiral, so have chosen to leave him, while they themselves have remained true to their spiritual beliefs.

    @ MoreMan:

    If you honestly think Jesus spoke and expounded all and everything important involving His Gospel and the establishment of His Kingdom here on earth all while hanging on the cross suffering excruciating pain, then you are sorely mistaken. He verbally spoke very little during that relatively short time, knowing his earthly work was nearly completed for a season.

    Such a statement would indicate you should dust off those scriptures and do more reading and sincere studying. Please don't be a More-Earthly-Man. Much is at stake and I wish you well.

  • Cougar11 Highland, UT
    March 20, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    Wow, a real live judge with common sense. Any chance we can get him to immigrate to America? Legally of course.

  • Loving Life of Mine Clinton, UT
    March 20, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    @JesusLovesU: My interpretation of "cheerful giving" isn't "give if you feel like it". It is no matter the sacrifice (because for some, it is a big sacrifice to pay tithes) you give happily, "cheerfully", and joyfully to bless your life and the lives of others. Love others as yourself. Service and sacrifice (giving tithes) done begrudgingly is robbed of some of the essence of the concept. Just ask my 6 year old when I ask her to go down and get something from the food storage for dinner and she pounds all the way down stairs because she had to momentarily stop playing to help me out vs. when she runs to get me a diaper for her baby brother because I need it immediately and she saved me and the day from a poop fiasco.... :) Anyway, just my take on Paul's counsel. Have a great day!

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Jesus Loves U:

    I wanted to make one more observation. You had mentioned the New Testament. Did you know the saints/church members in New Testament times had a much higher standard? Here are Acts 2:44 and Acts 4:32 respectively:

    "44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;"

    "32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."

    As others have mentioned, it boils down to giving the Lord our all. In this light, 10% tithing a very low standard -- but tithing is still required of us nonetheless.

  • cassandove Tampa, FL
    March 20, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    @JesusLovesU -

    James 2 teaches that "faith without works is dead", and tithing is a work that is wrought by faith. I am happy to pay my tithing because I know that, through this act of faith, I have been blessed by Heavenly Father for having my needs met, because I certainly couldn't have done it on my own. Also, we can choose to not pay tithing - just not without consequence (but every choice we make has consequences). Ergo, Phillips has no leg to stand on, and trying to prove or disprove religion in a secular court is impossible anyway.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    I wish some of our judges were half as smart as that British Judge.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 20, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    I wonder if a Pope has ever been summonsed to court,
    I mean -- Catholics have been paying Penance as part of Salvation for thousands of years.

  • beekah Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Tithing is a choice. It is optional, not mandatory. No one forced him to do anything. He chose to pay, why should the church have to be punished because he made a choice?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    @ Jesus Loves U:

    If and when a person loves God with all his heart (as you mentioned), then that person would gladly give all he can (in this case, only 10% is required) toward the building and sustaining of His Kingdom here on earth.

    There are financial costs involved with building and maintaining churches and temples used in teaching, expounding and expanding God's work here on earth. There are also a number of other peripherals directly involved with that ongoing and growing work. The concept and principle is not difficult to understand and accept if your heart is in the right place.

    People unwilling to part with any of their worldly goods toward those ends are clearly demonstrating that temporal things are more important to them than spiritual things. It's rather easy to see what is most important to a person by their actions, which then indicates their priorities.

    If a person is unwilling to voluntarily part with any of their money for a higher cause, then money is obviously more important and consequently that person's god, regardless of the words that comes from his/her mouth. Actions do speak louder than words.

  • Jake D. SLC, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    It's incorrect to call Tom Phillips a former member. He is still listed on the records of the church and hasn't be excommunicated.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    March 20, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    Of all the differences between Latter-day Saints and other sects of Christianity, I have found the single greatest difference (and this shouldn't surprise any faithful, active LDS member) is the different beliefs of what salvation requires.

    Non-LDS faiths generally say "just believe in Christ, no obedience of any kind is required".

    While Latter-day Saints say "belief in Christ is definitely required, but the Lord also demands we do our best to obey Him and His grace will make up what we lack".

    Those different ideas could not be more stark in contrast than night and day.

    And, in my decades-long study of the Book of Mormon, I have found that the one doctrine that is hammered over and over and over again is what Christ requires for our salvation: faith, repentance, baptism, the reception of the Holy Ghost and endurance to the end. That may not be popular with 'mainstream' Christianity but that does not matter; truth is truth, regardless if it's popular or not.

    This is exactly why the Book of Mormon is necessary: to dispel false beliefs and clearly show what God requires of us to return and live with him.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    March 20, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    This guy needs to stop kicking against the pricks.

    From what I've read online he had a happy, blessed life for over 30 years -- until he decided he had been deceived into that happy, blessed life. Go figure.

  • hatchna Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    The Wraith:

    I cracks me up that people who don't believe in God always comment in religious themed threads, and start spouting off that God is mythical, and doesn't exist. What purpose does it serve you to do so? You're basically joining the conversation, doing exactly what you are mocking others of doing.

  • hatchna Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    Jesus Loves U,

    You're only partially correct in regards to salvation being a free gift to all. We are promised that we will be all be saved in regards to physical death. We will all be resurrected, no if ands or buts. Everyone will be resurrected at some future point in time.

    However, salvation from spiritual death, which is our not being in the presence of God, only comes through faithfully living the laws of the Gospel, and keeping all of God's commandments. Again those commandments are more then just saying we love God and our neighbors.

    We are taught that the grace of Christ is sufficient for all to be saved, but that we must work to obtain that grace. It is a lifelong journey in which we are preparing to inherit the Kingdom of God, and all that He possesses. We work through our entire lives, repenting of our sins, and doing our best. If we do all we can, then we will be made perfect, through the Atonement of Christ, and we will be saved from spiritual death, and receive full salvation in God's Kingdom.

  • hatchna Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    @Jesus Loves U

    If you look closely at the Ten Commandments, every one of them either falls under the category of loving the Lord, or loving your neighbor. All commandments from God fall under those two categories. Jesus doesn't say that those are the only commandments, either. Study Matthew chapter 22 for further detail. Jesus state this:

    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

    38 This is the first and great commandment.

    39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    He doesn't say that these are the only two commandments, but that those are the 2 great commandments. All other of God's commandments, and His laws are encompassed by those two laws. If we love the Lord, we pay our tithing. If we love our neighbor, we don't steal from them.

    You over simplify the teachings of Christ when you assume that Loving God implies no more than just saying that you love him. It is much, much more than that.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    March 20, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    @ Delta35 - Saratoga Springs, UT - "I don't want to advertise for him at all, but everyone should be aware too that Tom Phillips is the managing editor for the website The website often masquerades as a faith-promoting site encouraging dialogue about Mormon beliefs and history. Mr. Phillips actions in this case have shown him to be little more than an embittered and vehement opponent of the Church."

    Ya know....I got an e-mail about 2 months ago warning of these kinds of websites; sites in which it looks like they are friendly towards the Church although they are filled with spiritual poison, merely designed to sow the seeds of doubt.

    Gee, imagine that.....Satan and those who fight truth using lies to try to forward their 'work'.

    Thank you for bringing this to my (and our) attention. Will have to talk to my kids about this site in particular.

    God bless!

  • Just trying Webster, UT
    March 20, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    Wow to go from a Bishop and Stake President to this, he must have really been offended. I wonder what makes someone turn so much? I don't think he is required to pay the Church's court costs. The church can sue him but I guess he could sue too in a civil court. I think the church does have to do more to deal with the key points that are always brought up by antiMormons. They are starting. I think once they are all just out there they will lose their power.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    March 20, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    @ Jesus Loves U - kaysville, UT - "The Requirement of 10% tithing to give to your Church from its members to receive "salvation" with God the Father is wrong. I can see Philip's point. It's a Free Gift. Called Grace from Jesus..Praise Him forever.."

    You're right: Jesus does not require our "tithing".

    However....He DOES require our obedience. Surely you cannot object to that. Paying tithing is merely one of the ways we show our obedience to God. God tells His children what to do and not the other way around. Jesus also said "If you love me, KEEP my commandments".

    There isn't any wiggle room there. If you truly love the Savior you will do your best to do as He asks.

    You, or I, could try to argue against Him, but what for?

  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    March 20, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    When Jesus died on the cross did he say "Unless you give me 10%, and volunteer your free time, you are not getting to the highest levels of heaven" I doubt it. Only the Mormon church requires that.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    Jesus Loves U:

    Instead of going back and forth on Bible interpretations and what it meant when Jesus fulfilled the law, it is easier understand God's will for us through modern day prophets and scripture.

    Modern day scripture and revelation through the prophet Joseph Smith, dated July 8, 1838, indicates we are to pay tithing today. It is recorded in Doctrine & Covenants (D&C) section 119. Here are the scriptures

    "3 And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people.

    4 And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord."

    Other modern day prophets have clarified the phrase "one-tenth of all their interest annually" refers to our 10% of our income, which is also synonymous with 10% of our "increase."

    The section heading in D&C 119 has more background and context for what prompted the revelation on tithing in modern days.

  • MormonBatman Pinson, AL
    March 20, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    @Jesus Loves U: Part of loving the Lord with all our heart, might, mind and strength means devoting everything we have to Him. If He is asking us to contribute to His church, we have an obligation to do so. I have noticed that when I do not pay tithing, I feel guilty. Tithing has been instituted in many different forms, but it is always the same: 100 percent of what you have is the Lord's. "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Tithing is the Lord's. When we do not give it unto Him, we have robbed Him and ourselves. The Lord is waiting to bless us, but so many blessings hinge upon obedience to the commandments. You cannot say you love the Lord with all your heart if you have not committed 100 percent of yourself to Him.

  • SImonUK Cotgrave, 00
    March 20, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    Confusing reporting was it heard in the Magistrates Court or the District Court? Two different things. The Church is very unlikely to get it's defense costs back if this was brought as a criminal rather than a civil case. Thid Barker - costs are up to the judge, not everyone who wins a civil case gets their costs paid by the other side. Area Reader - If Phillips argued that there was a case to answer and not enough counter argument was provided then the Magistrate is compelled to issue the summons. Its' all about how the matter is argued, where it is argued and how good the 'lawyer' is. Don't forget that the confusion allows for more days in court and lawyers to make more money!!! Keeps people in jobs and off the streets!!!! (excuse the cynicism directed at my (the English and Welsh) legal system. The church won in the end.

  • cris Hamilton, IL
    March 20, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    We are not forced to pay tithing to the church. We are asked to sacrifice so that other people may be blessed.

  • Jesus Loves U kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    Tithing was in the OT, not the NT. Paul teaches us that we are supposed to be "cheerful givers". Not a requirement for Salvation to be with God the Father. God will not punish us because we don't give a 10% cut to Him. He loves us. It's all about the heart. It changed through Christ. His commandments are to Love the Lord with All our Heart, mind and strength and second to the Love others. It changed through Christ. Thank you Jesus for your Grace, the Free Gift of Salvation through our belief in Him.

  • Delta35 Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 20, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    I don't want to advertise for him at all, but everyone should be aware too that Tom Phillips is the managing editor for the website The website often masquerades as a faith-promoting site encouraging dialogue about Mormon beliefs and history. Mr. Phillips actions in this case have shown him to be little more than an embittered and vehement opponent of the Church.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    March 20, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    >>The Requirement of 10% tithing to give to your Church from its members to receive "salvation" with God the Father is wrong.

    That's a misunderstanding of what tithing is. Of course we can't "buy" salvation by paying tithing. The purpose of tithing is, among others, to foster Christlike traits of sacrifice and gratitude to God since everything we have comes from Him anyway. It's all His to begin with; as Elder Maxwell once said, you might as well be writing "return to Sender" on the tithing envelope.

    He gave us everything including His life so we could be saved; how ungrateful we would be if we refuse to give up even a small portion of the material goods we can't take with us into the next life anyway.

    Malachi 3:8-12.

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    March 20, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    I agree with the judge's ruling. You can't have the Prophet running all over the world defending law suits. However, it would have been very interesting, maybe inspiring, to hear President Monson's testimony on the witness stand.

  • Jesus Loves U kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Tithing is not one of the commandments. Jesus fulfilled "All the Laws", He is the Law now for us and His commandments now are to Love the Lord First and everything and everyone second. It's that easy. Paul teaches us to be "cheerful givers now". The requirement for paying to receive salvation with God is not there and never will be.

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    March 20, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    @Jesus Loves U

    Tithing is a biblical principle. Malachi chapter 3.

  • ZenMormon West Valley, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    @Jesus Loves U
    Tithing is requirement of the Lord's, not mans. Tithing has been made since Recorded in Genesis when Abraham paid Tithing to Melchizedek. see Gen. 14:18–20. It was also in the Law of Moses Deut. 14:22, 28. Make sure you read: Mal. 3:8–11.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 20, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments". Tithing is one of them. Its a gift of love. Praise Him forever!

  • sonofabronc Boise, ID
    March 20, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    @ Thid -- We do have such a system (at least in civil cases). In your state, see Idaho Code Section 12-121.

  • Jesus Loves U kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    The Requirement of 10% tithing to give to your Church from its members to receive "salvation" with God the Father is wrong. I can see Philip's point. It's a Free Gift. Called Grace from Jesus..Praise Him forever..

  • Jesus Loves U kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    This won't go away. Philipps had proof to show the reasons behind the case. There were many devoted LDS who left the faith because of the calculated misrepresentations that the LDS church gives to lure people in believing their faith. Ultimately, there is a "requirement" to be able to be saved in the LDS Church and that is pay up your 10% to the LDS church or you can't go the the LDS temple and be "saved" with God the Father. In any other Christian church this is not a requirement. Jesus gives us His free gift of Grace through our belief in His work on the Cross not our works. It's Faith, not money.

  • BYR West Bountiful, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    Tom Phillips got his 15 minutes on the stage. So did Sherem.

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    March 20, 2014 8:08 a.m.


    And I would have the same opinion had this been another denomination.

  • alexlds chorley, 00
    March 20, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Now its time for Mr Phillips to put his money where his mouth is and pay for all the costs of this legal action

    But of course he will claim that the church is being vindictive towards him when he is required to pay the costs. He will say that he is obviously being victimized.

    But if he is not required to pay then that will an open door invitation to anyone and everyone who wants to take unfounded legal action against the church without any personal cost to themselves.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    March 20, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    Good riddance!

  • AreaReader Suburbs, AZ
    March 20, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    There's really no other decision a court could have made so this is no surprise. What was a surprise is that the first judge opened herself to ridicule by her colleagues and the international press by issuing the summons in the first place.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 20, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    I understand that in England, if you bring a frivolous lawsuit and lose in the courts, the plaintiff, not the defendant, must pay court costs and attorney fees! We should have that system in America.

  • LittleStream Carson City, NV
    March 20, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    So proud of the Judge for seeing the truth! Heavenly Father will not let his church fall!