All are invited to attend a series of talks, which are free and open to the public, requiring no ticket, rsvp, or reservation. These talks will be delivered by Mr. Denver Snuffer who will discuss Christian history, the Reformation, Christianity since the Reformation, the Restoration movement, and Joseph Smith as a Christian thinker and Biblical preacher. Smithsonian Magazine identified Joseph Smith as the most significant religious figure in American history. Yet he remains misunderstood by most Christians, primarily because his legacy has been regarded as Mormon property. In many ways his life mirrors the Apostle Paul. He belongs to the Christian community as much as St. Francis of Assisi, Luther, Tyndale, Wesley, Knox, Williams, and Calvin.
Because of the divisions between denominations, most believers are unwilling to consider the views held by others who practice a very different form of Christianity than themselves. Members of each Christian denomination believe that they practice the only true or correct form of Christianity, of which Jesus Christ approves. However, the divisional creeds of Christianity are largely the result of institutions who maintain loyalty from their parishioners by denouncing every other brand of Christianity as false, incomplete, or devil-inspired. Further, Christians are criticized by leaders of churches when they are willing to consider “heretical” ideas that cross boundaries of Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witness, Salvation Army, Evangelical, or Mormon. Such present day dynamics ought to lead every Christian into a more open dialogue about the history and present status of Christianity, and also cause them to carefully consider all that claims to be part of the broad expanse of “Christianity.”
Of all the various reformation and restoration thinkers, perhaps Joseph Smith remains the most feared by other Christian denominations, most likely due to the aggressive campaign by the Salt Lake City headquarters of the LDS church to convert other Christians to their organization. The talks given this year by Mr. Snuffer are not an attempt to influence listeners to become members of the Salt Lake City based church, or of any other denomination. The speaker has been excommunicated from the LDS Church because of his research and candid writing about the flaws of the Mormon Church and its failure to candidly account for its history.
Whether you are a loyal member of a specific denomination, or a free-lance Christian without denominational affiliation, the three talks will provide information about Christianity designed to give you a greater reason to believe in Christ. They may also give you a greater reason to try to understand other Christians whose beliefs reckon from very different traditions than your own. It is our hope that Christians everywhere may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
The first of these talks will be given Thursday September 21, 2017, from 7:00-8:30pm at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Sierra Room
12700 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
For more information please visit http://www.christianreformation500years.info/talks.html