The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has come under fire for the use of the term “free love” in the context of its worship of Jesus.LDS leaders have recently been criticized for not speaking out against the term.
However, members of the Church’s church in Texas, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, have issued statements in support of the church’s use of free love, and have also addressed criticisms of the practice in other denominations.
“We are encouraged by the fact that other churches are beginning to use free love in their worship services,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum, said in a statement released to News24.
“This is a sign that the Lord has shown us that we are worthy of His blessings.”
The First Presidency also issued a statement, saying, “The use of a term such as ‘free love’ is not an acceptable and consistent expression of the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The practice of using such terms is harmful to the true spirit of our worship.”
The Church of Christ has been criticized by critics for using the term in its worship, and the church has responded by issuing statements calling out the criticism.
In 2014, the church released a video that included a clip of Elder Holland explaining how the term was used.
In the video, Elder Holland stated that the term, “free loving,” referred to the love of God.
“I think it’s the best way to describe it,” Elder Holland said.
“There is love, there is compassion, there’s a love for the neighbor.
And if you use that term, you’re not doing the Lord’s work.”
The church has also responded to criticism for its use of “free loves.”
The Quorum has released a statement saying that the church is using the word freely to describe a love of Jesus that is more than just a love that exists within the heart of man.
The church is “freely embracing the term ‘free loving,’ ” the Quorums statement said.
The church is also encouraging others to use the term freely to express the love within them.
“While it may seem like the church of Jesus is using a new term, we do not wish to offend anyone by using this term,” Elder Phillip S. Whelan, the Quorior of the First Quorum said in the statement.
“Our love is the love that is within each and every person, and as such we will never use the name ‘free.’ “