A very legitimate question: “If not capitalism, then what?” It says a couple of things. First, it identifies how deep we are indoctrinated in capitalism. Second, we recognize that capitalism will always fail in the end. Third, it opens us up for a solution from God. God’s solution is to build a temple, or a house of God.
The mind and will of God is the replacement. The Lord teaches us how to bridge the gap from where we are in capitalism, to obtain the mind and will of God. D&C 88:119 lays out the pattern for progressing our house to becoming a house of God. This is the pattern:
- A house of Prayer
- A house of Fasting
- A house of Faith
- A house of Learning
- A house of Glory
- A house of Order
- A house of God
We have taken lightly the specific use of the words the Lord chose to use in this revelation. These bolded words get their definitions messed up by the traditions of men, and the vast unbelief that people use to justify their sins. For example: “Order” is often confused with an organization or institution, with administrators and officers, and operates like a multi-billion dollar business. Since we are so drenched in capitalism, we translate scriptural language into capitalism. The order being spoken of here isn’t a corporation type of order, but a class of people, with a high degree of spirituality, among which patriarchal fathers belong (i.e. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.). Those of a house of order have obtained that order through “a covenant” from the mouth of God. They are the church of the first-born, who is described as having overcome by faith and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, shed upon all those who are just and true (D&C 76:53-54).
When we seek to know the mind and will of God, and progress using His patterns, then we can move our house from a house of prayer, into a house of God. And what is a house of God? It is a temple. The Lord promised the saints in Nauvoo, and I think it still applies to us if we build a house of God, that if that temple is clean, Christ will come there and dwell in that temple, in the flesh, and instruct that people.
“16. Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God.
17. But if it be defiled I will not come into it, and my glory shall not be there; for I will not come into unholy temples.”
In the last blog about the Ahupua’a, I intended to emphasize that temples (Heiau) are family-temples first, not big institutional-temples. Now don’t pull your hair out just yet, hear me out.
How do you clean a temple? It is not with vacuums, brooms, mops and cleaning solutions.That type of cleaning is only topical. The cleansing of the temple was the forgiveness of all debts. The Lord’s prayer says, forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors. This was the cleansing of the temple. Every seven years the debts were all forgiven, and the temple was clean again. The seven year mark was called the Jubilee. In Hawaii, it is called Makahiki. The Jubilee, or Makahiki, is often mistaken for merely the end of a harvest cycle. But anciently and throughout all scripture this was a cleansing of the temple, the forgiveness of all debts.
If the seven year period came, and there were no poor among you, and no debts needed to be forgiven, then that temple would be a clean place of which the Lord could come and dwell among them. However, as long as there is debts, there will be “jarrings and strifes.” In this case the Jubilee, or Makahiki, was necessary for the people to try again. To make an offering in righteousness.
Now think of an institutional-temple. When an institutional temple is unholy because debts are not forgiven, how can it ever be clean, so that Christ can come in and dwell there? The temple district is too big, and the debts are too big, to forgive all debts. The temple district of the Lai’e, Hawaii temple, used to cover all the Islands, before the Kona temple was built. How do you clear the debts of all of the Islands, …so that Christ can dwell in the Lai’e temple, …among us? Even worse, …now that land in Hawaii is being sold at half of a million and upwards, how will it ever be possible that the Lai’e temple will be considered clean in this way, even with the Kona temple reducing the temple district. The foot print of the debt of the people, in this economy, will forever be in the negative.
However, in a family-temple, when those among you are willing to progress their sacrifices (to obtain the mind and will of God), …then within that circle of trust, debts can be forgiven, a family-temple can be found clean, and you can find a people who are of one heart and one mind, with no poor among them. A family that is able to find success in God is a family who has buried their treasures unto God (Helaman 13:18-25). Their treasures will not only be preserved, while others are being cursed and lost, their treasures will expand. In such an environment of oneness, many will be willing to consecrate all things! Eventually, debt cannot exist among them, and there will be a temple once again that Christ can come and dwell among a Zion people.
Conclusion: God’s ways are not our ways. Consecration works better than capitalism, but we must get our minds right on the words of Christ. Tithes were always intended to lead the people of God to consecration. When we build a house of God, using His pattern, then we can offer up offerings in righteousness. And then we can have a clean temple in which Christ can dwell among us, in the flesh!