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, September 3, 2015

We, like Amulek, must not deny his word

When Zeezrom asks "Will ye answer the questions which I shall put unto you?" Amulek responds with words that could only have come by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. He says "Yea, if it be according to the Spirit of the Lord, which is in me; for I shall say nothing which is contrary to the Spirit of the Lord".

Zeezrom then asks Amulek various questions like whether there is a God, and whether he that shall come is the Son of God, which Amulek answers directly.

Then Zeezrom asks a question that, among Nehors, was more pointed: "Shall he save his people in their sins?" And Amulek responds "I say unto you he shall not, for it is impossible for him to deny his word."

And now Zeezrom turns to the people and says "See that ye remember these things; for he said there is but one God; yet he saith that the Son of God shall come, but he shall not save his people—as though he had authority to command God."

This question should have a familiar ring to us. Though we hear its variation "You don't have the right to judge! Only God can judge!"

And Amulek shows us the way with an answer only the Holy Ghost could have inspired. He says

Alma 11:36 ... Behold thou hast lied, for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said he shall not save his people in their sins.
 37 And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.

First off Amulek points out that his accuser is lying. Amulek isn't commanding God. Quite the contrary. Amulek is being submissive.

Amulek could agree that he doesn't know exactly how every case will be handled. He could back pedal and talk about those that don't have the gospel and how they will only be judged by the light that they have.

But he gives and answer inspired by the Holy Ghost when he utters the phrase: "for I cannot deny his word". He then recites the scriptural teaching.

And the same is true for us. We have no right to deny his word to either soften the truth, to avoid making someone feel bad, or to make ourselves more popular.

I recently heard of someone who joined the church, got endowed, then fell away and started living adulterously, and died in that state. If someone asks what will happen to that person, our gut instinct is to throw out the scriptures and say something that will sound nice, or that will be popular.

But we have no right. Our obligation is always the one stated by Amulek: "But I cannot deny his word".

Standing by God's own words about the consequences of sin, and who will endure the sufferings of Hell, is not taking judgement from God. It is to alter his word to say something different, or to replace it with popular ideas, or to say something that will make us more popular: all these are taking judgement from God. When we simply stand by his word, we are leaving judgement with God. When we try and replace it with platitudes then we are guilty of taking judgment from God, and judging our own judgement in his place.

We are not commanding God when we simply stand by his word about the eternal consequences of sin and the conditions under which one be judged worthy of hell, or worthy of exaltation, any more than Amulek was commanding God when he said that he would not save people in their sins.

So like Amulek, when someone says "You are judging them! You have no right to judge! Only God can judge!" we should follow Amulek's inspired examples and first point out that they are lying. We are not judging, we are leaving the judgment with God. For us to depart from what he has said would be for us to judge, for us to stick by his words is to leave the judgment with him. After pointing out the lie, and that we cannot deny his word, we can simply state what the scriptures plainly teach.

We have no right to pretend and dance a pretty dance around the scriptures. To do so is to take judgement to ourselves. To stand firmly by what he has plainly stated in the scriptures to leave judgement with him. We, like Amulek, must not deny his word.

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