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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If we are not offering more than other churches

We must be offering more than other churches.

If we are offering social gathering place for friendship and mutual love - that is freely available in other churches.
If we are offering a form of charity that is nothing above and beyond a form of extreme politeness peppered with some service - don't fool yourself - that is freely available in other churches.
If we are offering Christ as he is understood by Christianity at large - that is freely available in other churches.

We are the true church of Jesus Christ, but what blessings will that allow us to claim if we do no more than other churches? Who will be enticed to join us if we do not offer them more than other churches?

Certainly, the prophet is still the prophet. Certainly the apostles are still the apostles. But we will not enter heaven on their coat tails. Yes, the numbers look good and the tree is larger than it was yesterday. But we don't have to look hard to see that there are many among us around whom the wood of the tree seems to be rotting, and we must strive for more than that or what do we more than others? They don't want to be peculiar, they want to make us like the world, and if we cease to be a peculiar people then cease also to be God's people.

If our righteousness does not exceed the righteousness of other churches, if it does not exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees, we will in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

If our teachings suggest is is OK if as many of our own members are addicted to pornography as are found in the world at large we are not a peculiar people.
If we teach that it is acceptable for divorce to be as common in the church as it is in the world then we are teaching we need not be a peculiar people.
If we teach that a little sexual misbehavior is more or less normal for youth and single members, or if we teach that sleaze in entertainment is normal for members, then we are not a peculiar people at all.
We are then as the generality of mankind.

We must be offering more than other churches or we cannot be offering the Holy Ghost.

And the Holy Ghost is what we must offer. It is what we must offer our youth, our children. It is what we must offer nonmembers. It is what we must offer members.

But we cannot offer the Holy Ghost while not being a peculiar people.

Also if we are not offering teachings that justify the blood of Joseph and Hyrum on the floor of carthage jail, then we are not really offering the gospel.

If we are not offering the commandments as commandments with a clear understanding that the various transgressions of chastity are genuinely offensive to God then we cannot be offering the Holy Ghost.

If we are not offering the covenants as genuine commitments and blessings only to be bestowed if we know and keep our part of the bargain then we are not offering the Holy Ghost.

We must offer commandments, covenants, and a God who will not be mocked. Without that we cannot offer the Holy Ghost. We must become a more peculiar people, not a less peculiar people, if we want to save any from out of the world world or even our own children.



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