Great and abominable church
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In the Latter Day Saint movement, the great and abominable church (also called the great whore of all the earth) is an actual and/or metaphorical church described in the Book of Mormon and other revelations by Joseph Smith, Jr. The great and abominable church is identified as being synonymous with the whore of Babylon described in the Book of Revelation.
Usage in the Book of Mormon
The abominable church was said in the Book of Mormon to have been instrumental in strategically removing "plain and precious" passages and covenants from the Bible to cause confusion to readers.
Some people interpret the reference in the Book of Mormon to the formation of a "great and abominable church" (after the bible is given to the gentiles) to mean the Catholic church due to the fact that the Roman Catholic church was formed relatively soon after the killing of Jesus' original apostles. However these references in the Book of Mormon are clearly a metaphor for more than just the Catholic church, because according to the Book of Mormon: "...there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth".
The great and abominable church, also known as the whore of all the earth, is, "...he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female...for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.". The men who took out "plain and precious" parts out of the Bible, belonged to the great and abominable church.
Usage in other books
A book entitled Mormon Doctrine, originally published in 1958 by Bruce R. McConkie, contains references linking the Roman Catholic Church to the Whore of Babylon. McConkie became an apostle twelve years after its publication, and was a respected scholar[clarification needed] and authority regarding the doctrines and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is said that some leaders in the LDS Church at the time urged McConkie not to identify the Roman Catholic Church as such, but the initial publications went out unchanged as McConkie intended. A later edition published in 1966 removed the reference.