Gregory Spencer Hill 
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Re: “Website Turns Dead Mormons Posthumously Gay

The practice of baptism for the dead by proxy solves the vexing problem of the "virtuous pagan". One can take Christ's statement to Nicodemus and his Great Commission at face value, and accept (as Catholicism used to do, and Baptists still do, I believe) the doctrine that water baptism is a prerequisite for salvation, without believing that the "virtuous pagan", who has never been given a fair opportunity to be baptized after receiving a testimony of the Savior, is thereby condemned. It is, to my mind, a very enlightened doctrine. When one understands that our proxy baptisms are an invitation to accept the baptismal covenant, and not (to our minds, anyway) a forced coversion, I cannot see rational grounds for taking umbrage at it.

I certainly did not take umbrage when good Catholic friends gave me cards at the funeral of my wife showing that masses were being dedicated to her, even though she was never in this life a Catholic. I knew what they meant by it, and appreciated the heart-felt gesture of good will and friendship and genuine concern. I would not mind at all if a few masses are dedicated to me when I die. I cannot believe that the Lord I love pays no attention to the prayers offered by good people of sincere faith, whether or not He endoses the tenets of their faith, or recognizes the authority of the leaders of their faith to perform Gospel ordinances.

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Posted by Gregory Spencer Hill on 03/08/2012 at 3:04 PM

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