Quotes on Church Teachings and Values

We are ofttimes charged with being very exclusive, and we admit the charge; we are exclusive, but in a rational sense.  How can we solemnly testify that this is the Church of Jesus Christ and then ascribe that same high title to other organizations that have been formed not under the direction of Jesus Christ, but according to man’s thoughts and plans? Some people say that we are illiberal because we do not admit that all other churches are what they profess to be, when their profession is based on facts.  Now when we say that the Lord is not pleased with those churches, we do not mean that he is not pleased with the members thereof.  We hold that God is no respecter of persons, but, on the contrary, that he will acknowledge good in any soul, no matter whether that person belongs to a church or not.  But the Lord is not pleased with those churches that have been constructed by men and then labeled with his name.  He is not pleased with those doctrines that are being taught as being his doctrines when they are only the effusion of men’s brains, undirected by inspiration and utterly lacking in revelation. — Elder James E. Talmage, Conference Report, October 1928, p. 120