Mormon baptism for the dead… one of many “doctrines of demons” I Timothy 4:1…
II Corinthians 11:4
You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed…
Mark 16:16 (take it or leave it)
… He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned…
Mormon church restricts access to Jewish names
By BRIAN SKOLOFF Mar 9, 1:47 AM (ET)
(AP) Helen Radkey, a researcher who has publicized the LDS Church’s proxy baptisms of Holocaust victims (Image at link)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mormon leaders have put up a virtual firewall in their massive genealogical database to block out anyone who attempts to access the names of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims the church has agreed not to posthumously baptize.
The move comes amid criticism that the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hasn’t done enough to live up to commitments to stop its members worldwide from performing the baptism ritual on Holocaust victims and other notable Jews.
The new system will immediately block church members’ access should they try to seek out names of Holocaust victims or other notable figures that have been flagged as not suitable for proxy baptisms. The church said the move is aimed at ending the practice.
But critics say it merely serves to block anyone from monitoring whether the posthumous baptisms continue.
“By not allowing public access to the records, it creates the illusion they have something to hide,” said Jewish genealogist Gary Mokotoff, who was involved in negotiations with the church over ending the practice for the past two decades.
Mormons believe the baptism ritual allows deceased people a way to the afterlife – if they choose to accept it.
But the practice offends members of many other religions, especially Jews, who have expressed outrage at attempts to alter the religion of Holocaust victims because they were killed based on their beliefs.
In the 1990s, after negotiations with Jewish leaders, the church agreed to end to the practice, but revelations by an ex-Mormon researcher have shown it continues.
In recent weeks, researcher Helen Radkey, using confidential Mormon sources who had access to the LDS database, revealed that Mormon temples had posthumously baptized the family of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal, Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager forced into hiding in Amsterdam during the Holocaust and killed in a concentration camp, and Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a Jewish writer who was murdered while on assignment in Pakistan.
Mormon church leaders, in a letter to temples worldwide, asked that members be reminded of the policy during Sunday services this past weekend.
“The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism,” LDS spokesman Michael Purdy said this week. “In addition to reiterating its policy to members, the church has implemented a new technological barrier to prevent abuse.”
Radkey said Thursday she had already been blocked from the database under the new system, and was considering how she might continue her efforts toward revealing the ongoing practice.
“I don’t believe for five minutes that they’re going to stop baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims,” Radkey said.
Purdy dismissed claims that the church was merely seeking to block Radkey’s access, and said this week’s move was just another step in the church’s effort to stop the practice worldwide. He said that while nothing is foolproof, the church remained committed to keeping its word.
“We are doing exactly what we have been asked to do and what we said we would do – denying access to names that should not be submitted because they are against our policy,” Purdy said. “There is no account for a Helen Radkey. If she, or anyone else, is misusing a Church member’s identity to search for Holocaust names, then the system is set up to block those kinds of activities.”
Update 29 Nov 2012…
Mormon Proxy Baptism May Have Been Performed On Paul Ryan Relatives
By Andrea Stone Posted: 08/16/2012 2:13 pm
A researcher who has found documentation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was performing proxy posthumous baptisms of Holocaust victims, celebrities and other non-Mormons said that relatives of Rep. Paul Ryan, the Roman Catholic running mate of the country’s most prominent Mormon, Mitt Romney, were on a list of future baptisms or had the ritual performed on their behalf.
Helen Radkey told The Huffington Post that despite recent security measures, she found the names of Ryan’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather in a genealogical database open only to Mormons.
Radkey, whose research is independent, said a search for first names and cross-referencing of dates and birthplaces with information available online revealed entries for:
Paul Murray Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman’s father. He died of a heart attack in 1986 when Ryan was 16.
Stanley Martin Ryan, Ryan’s paternal grandfather, who was born in Janesville in 1898 and died in 1957.
Patrick William Ryan, the paternal great-grandfather, who founded the family construction company and passed away in 1917.
“Why are names of Paul Ryan’s deceased family in the Mormon database of posthumous rites? This is a Catholic family … with roots in Ireland on his dad’s side,” Radkey said.
Beyond Radkey’s research, there is no confirmation that these people are members of Ryan’s family. A request for comment to a Ryan representative was not returned, nor were requests for comment to Romney’s campaign.
The proxy baptism ritual performed in the Mormon Church is meant for those who die without “the opportunity to be baptized by proper authority during life on earth.” It is a ceremony performed by a living person acting on behalf of someone who is dead, according to the church’s website.
“If a name is on these lists, that shows the intention to perform posthumous rites for that name,” Radkey said of the records she found in New FamilySearch, the password-protected database restricted to church member-use and maintained by the church.
The Mormon Church earlier this year tightened access to the database, with the stated aim of “preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism,” according to a church spokesman. Anyone who tries to access restricted names without proving a family relationship is automatically locked out of the system and his or her account is suspended. The security measures are seen by some as an effort to thwart Radkey’s research.
Church members are allowed to “work only on their own family line” and must not submit the names of unrelated prominent people, according to the database rules.
Radkey is an excommunicated Mormon and is not authorized to look up names on the Mormons-only website. She said she did not click on the Ryan names to learn details of the rituals and whether they had actually been performed.
“I am not opening them, and running the risk of losing my log-in,” Radkey wrote in an email to HuffPost. “All we can tell from these copies is the three Ryan names were submitted for proxy rites.”
It is “besides the point,” said Radkey, that she is not authorized to look up names on the website, which is separate from the church-run Family Search genealogical database open to anyone.
Radkey said that a disgruntled Mormon friend gave her the login, but that she will not delve further into the Ryan family trees online for fear of losing it. Radkey has lost two other access codes since finding documentation that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was Jewish, was baptized after he was beheaded by Pakistani militants in 2002, as well as later while she was researching Romney’s ancestors.
As HuffPost reported in January, the practice of proxy baptism for the dead in Romney’s church could prove troublesome for some voters.
The ritual has reportedly been performed in the name of Hollywood celebrities, Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank, and the still-living Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. When Wiesel learned his name was entered as “ready” for posthumous baptism, the famed Holocaust survivor told HuffPost that Romney “should speak to his own church and say they should stop” performing such rituals on Jews.
But church spokesman Lyman Kirkland said Wednesday in an email that the “ready” classification is misleading. “This characterization is inaccurate,” he said. “’Ready’ [next to a name in the database] in no way means a baptism is imminent; it only means that a name in the genealogical database has been determined to be an actual person. The term ‘ready’ as shown in the database is probably causing confusion and will likely be changed to something that describes the process more clearly.”
Radkey disputed that claim, saying, “If a name is on New FamilySearch lists, this will not be for genealogical purposes only. It usually means posthumous rites.”
The LDS church has issued apology after apology for members targeting Holocaust victims despite promising to put an end to the rituals. This week, a delegation from the American Jewish Committee met with senior church leaders in Salt Lake City to discuss “advances in mitigating Jewish concerns regarding the issue of posthumous baptism of Holocaust victims.”
Romney has not responded to the proxy controversy in the past and has not spoken of the ritual — or about other aspects of his faith — during the presidential campaign. In 2007, he told Newsweek that he had performed proxy baptism “in my life, but I haven’t recently.”
Conservative commentators have urged Romney to talk about his religion and why it would help make him a good president.
Now, months after the headlines about Romney and proxy baptisms have faded, the documentation that Radkey said she has found could reignite the issue.
Romney’s selection of Ryan is historic; some are calling it the first major party ticket with no Protestant Christian. But many Catholics are just as put off by proxy baptism, in part because popes going back a thousand years have been subjected to the ritual.
When did Moses, the Law, the prophets, Jesus Christ, or the apostles ever tell anyone to be baptized for someone already dead??? (or for any other person for that matter, living or dead) — Editor
John 8:24 (Jesus to the Pharisees… dying in your sins is final, you have had your chance)
… I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins…
Luke 16:31 (Abraham to a damned rich man… either trust the scriptures or be damned by them)
… “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Who is the One Who rose from the dead, and were they not unconvinced by the miracle???)
Ephesians 2:20 (the Rock the Christian faith is built upon, faith in Jesus Christ and the scriptures)
… You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone…
Acts 2:37-39 (The simple truth, no exceptions, and no special privileges)
… When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”