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, January 27, 2016

The miracle of forgiveness now out of print

2 Chronicles 18:6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might inquire of him?
7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla.

Thus it is of Spencer W Kimball, not only among the world, but even increasingly even among our own members. He never named any of us in his book, he spoke only of sin and its consequences. But members are, more and more, finding his book offensive.

"The miracle of forgiveness" is not out of print because there is a comparable work taking its place. It is because we find competing doctrine coming from other sources more pleasing to a guilty conscience.

It is interesting that all three of the great threats to the church from within that President Joseph F Smith warned about are at war with President Kimball's great book. The flattery of prominent men in the world certainly won't abide such a testament. Our schoolhouses certainly couldn't tolerate such radical teachings. And sexual immorality is the direct adversary of President Kimball's book.

If we are no longer pleased with his great work, it is because the three great threats to the church from within that Joseph F Smith warned us of are as wolves at our gate. President Kimball's book was one of our great defenses against them, and the fact that it is out of print suggests that many among us are starting to give way.

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