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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another "faithful" member rears her ugly head

My wife recently had a run in with another "faithful" church member claiming that church members and other Christians are not really trying to protect their religious freedoms. This person claimed that church members are really just discriminating against gay people.

I feel somewhat sick just typing that.

How can we have wandered so far?

Do we really think we won't be held accountable for washing our religious freedoms down the drain? This radical woman pats herself on the back for being a faithful member of the church, but then she actively sides to destroy our religious freedom. She calls good evil and evil good with a proud smile on her face. She accuses the members of the true church of having hard hearts if they are fighting for their religious freedom. But then she tells those involved in the darkest perversions that they should get to subject even the faithful in the service of their perversion.

What? Does she really think that is what makes one of the five wise virgins? If that parable means anything at all then can she really hope to be prepared when the bridegroom comes while actively proselyting against good in favor of evil?

What is wrong with us?

She was offended at a scripture in Leviticus a preacher was arrested for stating that homosexuality was a sin. There is purportedly a different scripture in Leviticus that stated that under the law of Moses homosexuals should be stoned, and she said using that scripture would constitute hate speech and further said:

"But if a member of our church got up and used that scripture from Leviticus in sacrament meeting I would take issue with it. (And that was what I meant with my comment about hate speech in our church)"

Yes, that is right. It doesn't matter what the scriptures say to her. She doesn't even think of asking what the scripture is getting at. And she wouldn't believe it if she did. It doesn't match with her political correctness and so it needs to go.

If we are listening to the learning of the world, if we are looking to the great and spacious building, are there any good things the Lord promises to us in return? Does he tell us that he loves those who love the learning of the world. Or does he choose to use language like

2 Nephi 9:28 O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

Do we really think we can dishonor the scriptures with impudence? Do we really think we can take a big red pen and start crossing them out according to the dictates of the world, and still believe in our hearts that we will be found among the 5 wise virgins at the second coming?

It was supposed to be the world, not the members of the church, that Christ was describing when he said:

D&C 1:16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.

And that is exactly what we see here. This woman is walking in her own way, and her God is in the likeness of the world. Her god, as she imagines him, doesn't care so much about what he has taught in the past, because he is now a god of social justice. Her god, as she imagines him, is embarrassed about all those things he said in the old testament, and even many of the things he said in the new, and wishes there was a way he could get people to stop reading and studying them, and just be inclusive. Her god, as she imagines him, is in the likeness of the world. His substance is that of an idol. He is no more a god than a man made statue, because her god is man made.

The real God has spoken what he has spoken, and though the heavens and the earth will pass away, his word will not pass away, but will all be fulfilled.

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