Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Last Days Dimentia

I am astonished how frequently I meet a member suffering from last days dementia.
This particular disease causes those afflicted with it to believe that unlike previous dispensations, which would all end in apostasy, our dispensation is called to do nothing in particular while we wait for the coming of Christ.
Those afflicted with this disease believe they are not accountable to save the souls of men, but can watch them rush to destruction and stand aloof without spiritual consequence. Grab a bowl of popcorn and sit back while Sodom and Gomorrah is destroyed.
They know that their progenitors won a free country by offering up their own blood as a sacrifice in the revolutionary war, and that those individuals won an everlasting honor for their sacrifice. And side by side with that belief, they also believe that there will be no eternal shame to be earned for standing idly by watching our religious freedoms recede away from us like the tides. Truly, this sickness has a devastating effect on the human brain.
They believe that they are to "wait" for the second coming, instead of to prepare the world for it by building Zion and warning the wicked. No longer laborers in a field they believe their job is to hunker down and do nothing but sing hymns to themselves.
If Peter, James, or John had been afflicted with this devastating sickness, no missionary work would have been done after the resurrection, no efforts to reclaim individuals from the sins of the world would have been made. After all, they would have said, a great apostasy is coming, and when we see the wicked gaining the victory it is just a fulfillment of prophecy.
If the prophets and saints of other dispensations had suffered a version of this illness by which their knowledge of a coming apostasy would have made them sit back and do nothing because each victory of evil was "just a fulfillment of prophecy", there would be no scriptures. There would be no story of Moses, of Enoch, of Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob. The great apostasy would have stretched from the days of Adam to the restoration by Joseph Smith.
But that is just how these individuals fevered brains seem to work. When evil advances, they don't feel a need to fight back even to protect their own posterity. The disease so afflicts their minds that they stifle a yawn, and say that it is nothing more than a fulfillment of prophecy, and maybe add a "hazzah" that we live in the last days.

Short note: America exists because God prescribed bounds to governments rights

The revolutionary war took place because there are God given rights that government does not have the right to violate. And just as government has no right to violate god given rights, it also has no right to alter the definition of family and marriage. There are bounds on the rights of government. That is why there was an America in the first place.

The argument of ball, musket, death, and blood

If we can't plainly speak the truth about our religious freedoms we will certainly lose them. We have become concerned that if our speech is not polite we are not following Christ and we therefore often take the stance of appeasing our enemies instead of opposing them. This is a ridiculous stance. We won our religious freedom by the shedding of the blood. If the argument of ball, musket, death, and blood wasn't too impolite for God to approve the war of the revolution and call it his own, could we please stop being afraid to even come out and speak the plain truth, being afraid we will offend God by calling a spade a spade when those freedoms that he inspired righteous men to win by violent warfare are being destroyed before our eyes.

Ezra Taft Benson on appeasement who in turn quotes Elder Widtsoe on a milk and water allegiance

From Ezra Taft Benson's "Watchmen, warn the wicked", General Conference April 1973
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We live in an age of appeasement—the sacrificing of principle. Appeasement is not the answer. It is never the right answer.

One of these modern Church watchmen has given this sound warning:

“A milk-and-water allegiance kills; while a passionate devotion gives life and soul to any cause and its adherents. The troubles of the world may largely be laid at the doors of those who are neither hot nor cold; who always follow the line of least resistance; whose timid hearts flutter at taking sides for truth. As in the great Council in the heavens, so in the Church of Christ on earth, there can be no neutrality. We are, or we are not, on the side of the Lord. An unrelenting faith, contemptuous of all compromise, will lead the Church and every member of it, to triumph and the achievement of our high destiny.

“The final conquerors of the world will be the men and women, few or many matters not, who fearlessly and unflinchingly cling to truth, and who are able to say no, as well as yes, on whose lofty banner is inscribed: No compromise with error. …”

“Tolerance is not conformity to the world’s view and practices. We must not surrender our beliefs to get along with people, however beloved or influential they may be. Too high a price may be paid for social standing or even for harmony. …

The Gospel rests upon eternal truth; and truth can never be deserted safely.” (John A. Widtsoe, Conference Report, April 1941, pp. 117, 116.)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Feminism - Women seeking to act like men act weird instead, just as men seeking to act like women do

Feminism doesn't teach feminity, it teaches women to discard feminity in favor of seeking masculine traits. And when a woman tries to reject her divine nature in place of being more masculine, she doesn't end up acting like a man. She can't. She acts like a corrupted form of womanhood.

One sees the same thing in men that are intentionally trying to act like women. They don't act like women. They act weird. Their behavior is repulsive pantomime of what women act like. That is because they don't really have a woman's spirit, body, mind, emotions, or impulses. They act like a weird corrupted version of men, but they don't act like women.

And just so, feminism's encouragement of women to act more masculine doesn't come out right. It comes out weird. A woman who pursues it doesn't really understand what being a man is, because she is a woman, and when she tries to imitate manly traits, it comes out weird. It often just comes out mean, even steely mean. It often comes out highly aggressive. Women don't really understand what it is to be a man. She has the wrong spirit, body and drives to really understand what it is to be a man and her imitation of manly traits doesn't make her act like a man. Instead, she becomes a weird degenerate form of womanhood.

Unchanged

Each of these topics is an important one for our age, and I will continue to address them freely, and purposefully as well as anything else that occurs to me as important, quite independent of whether doing so is unpopular in any way:

Feminism - This has been devastating to women. Instead of actually increasing femininity, in teaches women to be masculine. It teaches that fathers are not the head of the home, in fact, it teaches that such an idea is offensive to women. Does the tragedy of the millions upon millions of little children of being raised by television and day care providers not convince us?. Those children deserve and desparately need their mother - and it is because of feminism that she is not there.

Pornography - I am actually astonished writing about pornography has offended some church members. But oh well, I guess in addition to blaming the victim, our society is also really good at not blaming the culprit. While immorality is rapidly destroying both genders, it is a much stronger temptation for men. Men are almost always the sexual aggressors in response to their much stronger sexual drive.

Medication - When it comes to emotions we are a highly medicated society. I do not believe that is right. I have never said that every instance is wrong. Nor am I intending to address any specific individual. However, I think Elder Packer's counsel in his talk on "Solving emotional problems in the Lord's way" is divinely inspired and deserves careful study before turning to medication for emotional difficulties. I think we are incredibly spoiled and we want quick fixes. Elder Holland also addressed the matter. But I am quite sure that Elder Hollands assertion that in some cases it is fine was not intended to mean "cast wide the floodgates" in the way many have taken it. Honestly, I think he would be horrified at the way some interpret his counsel. When we have determined everyone's body is abnormal and needs medication to restore proper thinking, then we have simply discarded the notion of normal out of personal rationalization.

The Atonement - A protestant interpretation of the atonement has been taking a strong hold in the church and I consider it terribly destructive. This protestant interpretation is a relatively new idea in the church. I will continue to directly address false teachings on the atonement, including naming the author and source of the teaching, particularly when they have a broad influence.

The law - As we find ways to ingrain and enoble immorality and outright perversion in our laws we lay the means for the destruction of our religious liberty. This is a battle we must not lose.

Homosexuality - Pornography is a plague among us, and homosexuality is a second stage, usually terminal, of the same illness. We must stand strong against immorality, particuarly homosexuality which is being used as a means to destroy religious freedom.

I don't know what else. The important topics do tend to be the ones people get attached to the wrong side of. That is exactly what makes them important.

If my religions and political convictions, and my unwillingness to be silent about them means I cannot be friends with one person or another, then so be it. If my ancestors were willing to die for a free country, I will not be unwilling to offer offense in pursuit of one. If many far better men were willing to die for stating truth with ridiculous boldness, then I will not be unwilling to to offend someone to do the same. We learned from Boyd K Packer that Ezra Taft Benson always kept this quote on his desk or study:

Be right, then be easy to live with, if possible, but in that order.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Response to the claim that Christ endorses same sex marriage

This was a comment written in response to a claim that is disgusting enough that it is unpleasant to write, but someone had claimed that they supported same sex marriage because that is what Christ would do because he loved everybody. I was pleased with how it came out, so I saved it here. --------------------------------------------- Christ said, when asked about divorce, that to divorce except in case of adultery was actually adulterous, "because in the beginning it was not so". Christ taught that marriage should be more like what was had in Adam and Eve's day. Does that sound like an endorsement of gay marriage to you?
Don't you recall that Christ said there was no greater prophet than John the baptist and that John the baptist was killed for condemning Herod's marriage to a near relative as immoral? Does that sound like Christ's love embraces all unions as proper marriage to you?
If Christ taught what you say he would not have been crucified.
I don't think you have read the new testament. Yes, to the repentant who were willing to change and follow him he was incredibly tender. If that was all he had done, nobody would have crucified him.
But he said things like "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin"
and told people that if their sins were like their hands, that it was better for them to cut off their hand so they could enter heaven handless, than for their whole body to be cast into hell.
You sound like you don't believe in a Christ that would think or say something like:
"Thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of god, but those that be of men".
And that is the Christ of the scriptures.:Incredibly tender and personal to the penitent. Incredibly bold in his urging people to cast off their sins so they could be saved.
Respond as you like. I am done with this. The commandment to not take his name in vain certainly includes not invoking it to endorse dark perversion, and I have no interest in hearing any more such talk.