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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The all too familiar voice of Judas the apostate

Harold B Lee said:
"There were Judases in the ranks in [Joseph Smith's] day, just as there were in the Savior’s day, and just as we have today, some who are members of the Church who are undercutting us, who are betraying their trusts. We are shocked when we see the places from which some of these things come."

The same is true today. And when we listen to Judas' words we find they have a familiar ring.

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

There he is, Judas the apostate. And bold as brass he shames Christ's beloved Mary for her sacred act, not because he is really interested in what is right, but to satisfy his own selfish ends.

These days we are surrounded by those speaking in Judas' voice. One way or another they want to destroy that which is sacred. They want to destroy chastity, decency, morality, boyhood, girlhood, marriage, and family. Ultimately, like Judas, they will seek to destroy the church itself.

Just as Judas, these people claim the purest motives. Just as Judas they try to make those who they oppose feel ashamed. Whether in or out of the church, such individuals point the same finger as those in the great and spacious building and mock.

We need to realize these people are moved by the same being that moved Judas. That is why they speak with the same voice Judas used. And those they lead will come to destruction, as surely as Satan led Judas to his.

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