A revelation presented by Wallace B. Smith

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A revelation presented by Wallace B. Smith

Post by jancancook on Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:37 am

A revelation presented by Wallace B. Smith in 1984 that resulted in some "disaffection" and "led to intense conflict in scattered areas of the RLDS Church"[54] is contained in the Community of Christ's Doctrine and Covenants, Section 156,[55] which called for construction of the Independence Temple and the ordination of women to the priesthood, among other changes.

The church also came under scrutiny when McMurray allowed the priesthood ordination of practicing homosexuals, something which he acknowledged was already occurring. The church would later renounce this practice, prohibiting the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians. However, the church allows those who were ordained against policy to continue in priesthood office.[56]

Controversy about changes in the church's beliefs and practices since the 1960s have led to what the historian Roger D. Launius, author of numerous books and articles on Community of Christ history, described in 1998 as a “collapse of the [church’s] philosophical synthesis” leading to “declines in membership, contributions, and priesthood ordinations.”[57]

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