David W. Allan
After hearing a presentation by Lynn Ridenhour in April 2018, I was filled with joy because a day I had long waited for had finally arrived. I heard a minister of another faith declare that Mormons are Christians. Lynn, thank you for sharing your ministry with us!
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all . . . And he died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view . . . Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
--2 Corinthians 5:14-20
The "Honoring America Tour" that Brother Lynn Ridenhour is organizing can bring about an enormous good in the Christian community. My wife and I have known Lynn for years and count him as one of our dearest friends. I have written a book harmonizing science and religion, and Lynn has contributed important content to that book: (www.ItsAboutTime.com). I join Lynn's effort with my Christ-centered book in bridge building amongst the Christians in America, and my outreach to the world community as well
Lynn Ridenhour, President
"I believe Bible-believing Christians and Book of Mormon Christians
have far more in common than all our differences. It's time we began
celebrating our commonalities rather than continuing to magnify
our differences." --Southern Baptist Minister
Drs. Paul & Faye Richardson
Roy Browne, Architect
Elder, Community of Christ
Minister, Full Gospel of Christ Fellowship
Larry D. Barge
The late Dave Duell, pastor of Faith Ministries Church International in Denver, Colorado, a man of God with an Apostolic calling, holding meetings in over 76 countries...this man in one of his meetings on February 8th, 1986, in Kansas City, Missouri, touched my left cheek with his right index finger and said, "Jesus, would you baptize my brother with the Holy Spirit and give him his prayer language," and immediately I was "blown back," an Acts 2:2 experience, like a "rush of a mighty wind." I heard and felt the wind. I went back about 30 feet, fell down, and came up "speaking in tongues" with my prayer language. It is this kind of Manifested Presence/Power which draws God's people together, regardless of their church affiliation.
Building Bridges Ministries
Dr. Lynn Ridenhour, Baptist minister, is attempting to do something few others have even considered. He has devoted the last thirty-plus years of his life to a ministry of bridge building between traditional Christians and Mormon Christians (LDS, RLDS, Restorationists, etc). He is uniquely qualified for this task because he has deep roots within both branches of Christianity. Thus, he is a true bilingual Christian. His "Honoring America Tour," dedicated to bringing together reformation and restoration Christians, is one more example of Lynn's strong desire to bring about unity among God's people.
Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate
Father of two, grandpa of six, history and New Testament scholar and long-time youth minister. A proud Coloradan living in New England, my spiritual homes are the RLDS church, the Vineyard Movement, and wherever God's people assemble to worship. I am for unity of God's people.
My spiritual DNA on my mother's side goes back to JJ Cornish and the light which appeared on the River Thames during a baptism in Canada, and my grandfather was RLDS Church secretary to the grandson of Joseph Smith, Jr. On my father's side it goes back to the ministry of Jonathan Edwards in the 1700s and involvement in the 1810 (charismatic) Cumberland Gap Revival in Tennessee. I now combine those two streams in my life, both the Restoration and the Charismatic. I enjoy fellowshipping with those who recognize Jesus is "The Way" and those who are genuinely hungry for truth, regardless of church affiliation. My lovely wife and I have a daughter and three grandchildren.
Dr. Keith Wilson
BYU Professor of Ancient Scripture
I was baptized by the late John Osteen, founder and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Spoke in his church twice. Was also interviewed on Pat Robertson's 700 Club and Jim & Tammy Bakker's PTL Club. And have been a featured speaker in numerous Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship chapters. My wife, Dr. Faye Richardson, and I are the founders of the Full Gospel of Christ Fellowship, Inc, in Richmond, Virginia. The "Honoring America Tour," we believe, is a wonderful vehicle to bring together the Lord's people.
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Marilyn Slauter, teacher/evangelist
Community of Christ
About 30 years ago, God instilled in my spirit a strong desire for unity. Through the years since, He has watered and nurtured that desire to make it even stronger. My vision for this desire has been to heal the wounds of Restoration splintering. This is dicey territory and I have often pondered how this was going to ever be accomplished. When I heard Lynn explain his vision for the "Honoring America Tour" I immediately received the answer my heart had been wrestling with for years. I was thinking too small! God's movement of unity was much larger than I ever imagined. God's intended purpose for nations is to honor and glorify Him, and in so doing, find that celestial unity our souls desire to experience. The Honoring America Tour is one of the mechanisms God is using to fulfill His unifying purposes in these latter-days. Praise Heaven that we get to be part of it!
I love the Word of God, the Bible, Book of Mormon, and God's continuing revelation. Our God is so wonderful! He doesn't leave anybody out. I am a teacher, minister, and encourage others to get out of the church walls and share His love, prophetic words and healing on the street. I am an Evangelist at heart, a wife of 52 years, married to a wonderful Godly man, Dr. Ed Slauter, the mother of 3, and grandmother of 7. When our grandson, Jordan, was baptized at the age of 6 and received his prayer language, I thought..."it's time for Grandma to receive hers." I sought the Lord and received this beautiful gift in the Holy Spirit, along with my prayer language. I believe in the unity of all believers, regardless of church affiliation. All who know Him personally are members of His church. It's time we came together as His children and lay aside our differences.
Billy & Cheri Tharp
God's Love Ministries
Community of Christ
Mormons and Protestants ministering, traveling as a team…on tour together as we minister across this nation. We’re calling it our “Believers Building Bridges Tour,” with a vision of visiting every state in the nation. Demonstrating to God’s people—Mormons and Protestants have far more in common than all our differences. Our team believes it’s time we began celebrating our commonalities. As one LDS brother commented:
I can see this “tour” serving as a powerful vehicle of cooperation and brotherhood and Christian bonding between all parties. My mantra is going to be one of “bilateral ceasefire agreement,” which is my (amusing) way of saying, “our missionaries won’t poach your congregants and your people won’t ‘anti-Mormon’ ours,” but rather in the spirit of mutual admiration and forgiveness on both sides we come together. It’s true, we have some shameful history in the past and we are still smarting over that. But it’s time we let bygones be bygones and forgive one another our trespasses just as the Lord’s Prayer reminds us.
Pray for us. As our title says—it’s never been done. We’re confident, however, the Lord has called us to play a small role in bringing unity to the Body of Christ. He has put together a wonderful team. Some of us are Baptist, some Pentecostal/Charismatics, others LDS (Mormons); some of us are RLDS, some Restoration Branch. And with all our differences, we stand side by side, ministering the gospel in the unity of the faith, knowing that our differences are not necessarily division, for our hearts are One in Him. We seek peace and reconciliation.
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