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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gospel teaching measured by making people feel congratulated

Teaching the gospel among members these days is mostly measured by one's ability to make people feel good about themselves. A good gospel teacher these days is someone who mostly makes people feel congratulated.

You can see this in LDS websites. They suffer from Nehor syndrome. They measure their success by how popular they are. Before long, they notice what people like to hear and that becomes, over time, more and more of what they present. They feel sucessful. They bask in their popularity.

Saying what needs to be said, speaking the plain truth plainly, soon becomes a problem for these sites. It causes lots of hurt feelings and disagreeable comments. Church PR itself may step in and discourage it at times if a site is popular enough.

It is interesting that we read of Christ and his plain teaching and yet we worry about being appealing. We need to be valiant in the testimony of Jesus, but we so like the applause that before long we have talked ourselves into thinking that being valiant in the testimony of Jesus means avoiding plain, hard, objectionable, and uncomfortable truth and saying what will be popular instead. One wonders just how often we have read the new testament. Why don't we know that being valiant in the testimony of Jesus means doing as he did, speaking the truth plainly fearlessly, and without compromise as he did, and, if it becomes necessary one future day, even paying the due price in our blood to those who are angered by the truth as was required of saints of old, knowing that the price to know God is a privilege to pay.

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