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.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Vanity, unbelief, and true doctrine

When we find ourselves tempted to think that it is not necessary or important for us to gain a deep understanding of our doctrine, we should put aside our vanity and unbelief.

D&C 84:54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

Temptations to believe that we do not need a deep and thorough understanding of our doctrines or that such understanding come come by any means other than the scriptures and personal revelation are temptations to "treat lightly the things we have received". They are vanity and unbelief and heeding them will leave our minds darkened.

We must strive with all our hearts to understand the critical doctrines of the gospel. Remember the words of Elder Bruce R McConkie concerning our most principle doctrine.

"Now, the atonement of Christ is the most basic and fundamental doctrine of the gospel, and it is the least understood of all our revealed truths.

Many of us have a superficial knowledge and rely upon the Lord and his goodness to see us through the trials and perils of life.

But if we are to have faith like Enoch and Elijah we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived.

May I invite you to join with me in gaining a sound and sure knowledge of the Atonement.

We must cast aside the philosophies of men and the wisdom of the wise and hearken to that Spirit which is given to us to guide us into all truth.

We must search the scriptures, accepting them as the mind and will and voice of the Lord and the very power of God unto salvation." (Elder Bruce R McConkie, "The purifying power of gethsemane", April 1985 General Conference)

We must strive for an understanding the atonement as found in the scriptures instead of in the popular and destructive fictions written about it in works like "Believing Christ" by Stephen Robinson and "The Continuous Atonement" by Brad Wilcox.

And the words of Elder McConkie, while specifically about the atonement, are also true about many of our other central doctrines. "Many of us have a superficial knowledge of them and rely upon the Lord and his goodness to see us through the trials and perils of life. But if we are to have faith like Enoch and Elijah we must believe what they believed, know what they knew, and live as they lived."

Indeed, his words precisely match what we find in the scriptures quoted above, for the voice of the Lord has spoken it:

D&C 84:54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.







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