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.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ye pay tithe of mint, or rather, you meticulously don't judge anybody

Christ declared

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Tragically, we have our own mint, anise, and cummim that we tithe on. Our biggest one is being non-judgmental.

The Pharisees fretted over paying tithing not only on income, but on herbs such as mint, anise, and commim. In doing so, they convinced themselves that they were extraordinarily righteous.

And these days there is no self-righteousness among our members like the self righteousness of the non-judgmental and the outright wicked. They pride themselves on their righteousness which is not one bit different than that of the Pharisees. Cut from the same cloth, they avoid making any "judgments" of anybody, because, like the Pharisees of old, that extreme makes them extra specially good. They can look down on and condemn those who stand by truth and commandments firmly and without apology.

And interestingly, Christ's words apply to them in a way. For judgment itself was what Christ called one of the weightier matters of the law omitted by the Pharisees and for which Christ, himself, condemned them.

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