If Zion is one heart and one mind, and no poor among us, …then we gotta ask ourselves what it means to be “Among Us?” No matter what we choose, the Lord will gather out His people, and the wicked will take care of the wicked. Those who seek further clarity in the words of Christ, shall find oneness in the light offered within the scriptures.
Among Us: The question we must ask is, “Who is among us?” Recently, Mom and I conversed about tithing. She spoke of the faith required to pay tithing and the accountability of the saints to pay a faithful with. I agreed with her, and then asked, “…But what about the accountability of the leaders, distributing the tithes so that there would be no poor among us?” I continued, “Shouldn’t they be held accountable for the spending of the tithes? And shouldn’t that accountability be quantified by how much poverty we have among us?” I followed up by telling her of the recent pioneer day parade in Salt Lake, where over $240,000 was spent on parade floats, through the tithing budgets given to 40 selected stakes in Salt Lake. While the corporate church holds billions in assets, the saints, are billions of dollars in debt, …per ward!
The Church and the LDS corporation: The church is the people. The corporation is the business entity that holds all the assets. But the church (or the people) have no claim on the assets, to resolve the poor among them. The church and the corporation are not the same, but are often viewed as one, and the same. The church (people) have become poorer and poorer (both physically and spiritually), but the corporation gets more and more rich (PCC/ BYU- Hawaii, Idaho, Provo/ City Creek Mall/ etc.). The prophecy in Ezekiel 33:23-33 and Ezekiel 34 (the entire chapter), speaks directly to the corporation, where the Lord prophesies “against his shepherds” for not feeding the flock, while they (the corporate officers) are filled. Jeremiah also prophesies the same in ch 5, 8, 9, 14, 23, 25,26. In both records (Ezekiel and Jeremiah), the Lord, in His frustration with the shepherds, tells how He will gather the elect (His sheep) Himself, since the shepherds won’t. That is a prophesy of the wheat being separated from the tares, within the church.
The conversation between Mom and I. Mom responded saying, “The leaders will be held accountable for the misuse of the Lord’s tithes. But, that is not my place to judge them.” I agreed to that comment as well. It is true enough; they will be held accountable for the the misuse of those sacred funds, …but does that mean that we will not still be accountable for how our tithes are distributed? No! You will …be held accountable for how your tithes are distributed. How? Those who desire to enter into Zion must have no poor among them. Since tithes were intended to remove the poor from among you, and those you pay misuse sacred funds, you must somehow find another way to remove the poor among you, other than tithes. Just because the officers you pay tithes to shall be held accountable, you are still fully responsible for removing the poor among you, in order to enter Zion.
Those among us, must be those who’s heart and mind are like our own. Thus, this blog has been my beacon to all who would seek the light, found in the words of Christ, as their heart and mind. Those are the people I want to be among. Light cleaves unto light, and grows brighter and brighter, until the perfect day.
Wicked for the Wicked: Just as light cleaves to light, darkness finds company in like mindedness too. Notice that every time a people are destroyed and left as a pile of bones, the Lord first gathers out the righteous, and then withdraws, before the wicked kill themselves. The wicked are the ones who kill the wicked, not God. I find it interesting that the curse that remained in Nauvoo was not God’s doing. Instead, it was “…ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord.” (D&C 124:48). The death and destructions that the saints endured at Nauvoo, at Hans Mill, in the Utah desert, and in the bitter cold trek, was a natural consequence of their own works.
The Lord simply withdraws with those who has obtained sufficient light. What remains once the elect are gathered and withdrawn, is the residue. And the residue doesn’t need help destroying themselves. The absence of light produces an absence of unity, and a presence of contention, resulting in ultimate destruction through war. So, God simply withdraws, and the wicked will take care of the wicked. Look at the people you surround yourself with and ask yourself, “Do they reflect who I want to be?” Then ask yourself, how important is it for us to consider who is “Among Us?”
The Word: Although everyone finds themselves on different levels, the words of Christ were meant to advance all men. For this reason, I recommend that all men unite, based upon the words of Christ. When the words of Christ become the commonality in all of our conversations, our comings, and our goings, then we too will have a foundation of rock to build. The light found within them not only preserves a language, and unifies a people into the eternities, but produces the fullness of Christ’s glory (in other words intelligence, or light and truth). Those possessed with the fulness of Christ’s glory find themselves filled with light, such that there is no more darkness within them. These have eternal life. These are unified and cannot be divided. Thus, the invitation in the words of Christ offer, all who will see and hear them and act upon it’s instruction, the power to lay hold upon eternal life.
Conclusion: Baptism and sacrament was incorrectly taught as being equal. Baptism being a symbol of death and resurrection, and sacrament being a renewal of baptismal covenants. However, recently I’ve learned that they are distinctly different. “Baptism” and “sacrament” were meant for a people to:
- Baptism- To be united (to be “one”) by covenant (united with those “Among Us”)
- Sacrament- To offer a sacrifice to make unity (being “one”) a reality
Consider the scriptures you have read. In each apostasy, the problem was wresting (or twisting) the scriptures. That lead to straying from the ordinances and rejecting the power of godliness. The fix was to return to the words of Christ (the doctrine) and correct the ordinances. Then the scriptures prescribe two ordinances: baptism and sacrament. These are the only two ordinances clearly spelled out throughout the scriptures, that are necessary for obtaining the fulness of Christ.
Baptism requires you to know who it is that you claim “Among Us.” These are those whose burdens you will bear, who you will comfort when they stand in need of comfort, etc. Baptism is a covenant in which …one chooses who they are “Among.”
Sacrament is to offer an offering in righteousness, …in similitude of Christ’s offering. What was the purpose of Christ’s sacrificial offering? For all, who come unto Christ, to have “eternal life.” Another way to say eternal life would be to be eternally united, or sealed up, or AT-ONE-MENT. Christ showed the example by being baptized, and then sacrificing, for oneness, for those who were “Among” Him.
How did they prove they were among Him? You guessed it, …the words of Christ. They heard His voice, when servants spoke the words of Christ correctly. They had sincere hearts, …and really intended to act upon hearing His voice (real intent). Those you choose to be “Among” will identify if you are the wicked who will destroy the wicked, or if you will be the light that will cleave unto more light. I invite you to unite with me upon the words of Christ.