Tuesday, December 6, 2011

LDS Church Announces Release Of The Life Of Jesus Christ Bible Videos Series; Exclusive Biblical Orientation Intended To Appeal To Non-Mormons

On December 4th, 2011, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the release of the first batch of videos in the series The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos and the establishment of the BibleVideos.lds.org website. Each video depict scenes from Christ’s life, ranging from the angel foretelling Christ’s birth to the Savior's Resurrection. When complete, the project will yield more than 100 vignettes portraying the life of Christ, taken directly from the text of the King James Version of the Bible. The KJV, which is the LDS Biblical standard, remains the predominant standard throughout the Christian world to this day.

Here is a short introductory video:

Mormons aren't the only target audience for these videos. “We intend for these videos to be used freely by individuals, families, and groups,” said Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Executive Director of the Media Services Department. “We want to help our own members strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, and we offer this freely to other churches who may wish to use these videos in a similar way. The message of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be shared as widely as possible throughout the world.”

This explains why they're called Bible videos. The videos cite Biblical references only; no Book of Mormon references are included. This means any Christian pastor who uses the King James Version of the Bible as a church standard can use these videos without any doctrinal conflicts. We recognize that many Christian pastors are reluctant to use Mormon material because they've been taught that the Book of Mormon is non-canonical; indeed, the prophet Nephi predicted in 2 Nephi 29:3 that many people would react to the Book of Mormon by saying, "A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible". Keeping this batch of videos exclusively Biblical is consistent with the LDS Church's desire that, regardless of whether or not people join the LDS Church, the basic message of Christ be shared as widely as possible throughout the world.

If you cannot bring yourself to accept membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at this time, at least take steps to bring Christ into your life. Placing yourself under the protection of Jesus Christ and living by His principles will invite the Holy Spirit into your life; through the intercession of the Spirit, the Father can direct you to where He wants you to go.

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