Dispensations begin with a restoration, and apostasies end in rebellion. In a restoration, Baptism is Necessary as an expression of faith. In apostasy, standing firm upon the words of Christ places you at odds with the majority, facing persecution for Christ’s name sake. Restoration and Apostasy is an opportunity to express great faith.
Dispensations begin with a restoration, and apostasies end in rebellion.
- Adam to Moses was the first dispensation, beginning in baptism and ending in a flood.
- Melchizedek’s generation restored the truth for a short time, and was translated to join Enoch, as the rest of the world was in rebellion.
- Abraham, almost ten generations later, sought for the blessings of the fathers, which produced a restoration lasting five generations. The House of Israel strayed and fell into apostasy in Egypt.
- Moses made an effort to restore the House of Israel to the fulness, but they rejected the presence of Christ. That dispensation ended in apostasy, as John the baptist wrested the priesthood from the jews (D&C 84:28).
- Christ provided a restoration, which shortly ended in apostasy three generations later.
- Joseph Smith began the restoration, but was killed before ever acquiring the fulness (D&C124:28). The words of Christ is the constitution of the saints, and it currently hangs by a thread, as it’s policies allow the casting out of men for speaking the truth.
Restoration: In a restoration baptism is necessary as an expression of faith. When a restoration is under way, many are called, but only the few who are prepared act on that calling. Those who are prepared express it by being baptized. The preparation required is the heart. When a messenger of the Lord speaks, those whose hearts are soft will hear the words being spoken, and their hearts will lead them to the waters of baptism. The words of Christ was intended to soften the hearts of the people.
Example: Alma the older, although he was a wicked priest of King Noah, heard the words of Abinadi, he wrote Abinadi’s words, studied them, was cast out, and his heart led him to the waters of baptism. Alma’s baptism at the waters of Mormon was an example of a few who exercised faith by covenanting to bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. The people of King Noah suffered the scourge of the Lamanites, while Alma was protected by the hand of the Lord, in the city of Helam.
When Christ came to the Americas, he also re-instituted baptism. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He does all things by His order (patterns). Those who study the words of Christ seek to know those patterns. Every restoration follows the same pattern, just as every apostasy follows the same pattern.
Apostasy: In apostasy, standing firm upon the words of Christ places you at odds with the majority, facing persecution for Christ’s name sake. The faithful are willing to be cast out, stoned, and rejected for Christ’s name sake, as a token of faith. This seems obvious when we observe the ancient apostasies, …but it is so difficult to see in our own generation. The only way to recognize apostasy in our own generation is to know the scriptures. Those who know the scriptures are built upon a firm foundation; while those who aren’t, their foundation is sand:
3 Nephi 14:22-27
“22. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23. And then will I profess unto them: I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24. Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock—
25. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
26. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand—
27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Restoration and Apostasy: The period of Restoration and Apostasy boarder one another, and is an opportunity to express great faith. Without the laying hold upon the words of Christ, it is impossible to exercise faith in Christ.
“13. For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?“
The words of Christ offer us the promises made to the fathers. When we earnestly seek to know them, Christ is in our every thought and intent of our heart. Failure to know them makes Christ far from the thoughts and intents of our hearts. Those who lay hold upon the words of Christ will know the difference between Restoration and Apostasy. Without laying hold upon the words of Christ, you are left to follow the masses, to go with the crowd, to mingle with the herds of cattle, and to fight against God.
Example: John the baptist offered the Jews the ability to express their faith by being baptized. Those who were baptized accounted themselves with the believers, and weren’t filtered out with the non-believers. They received higher ordinances from Christ, than were offered in the temple ceremonies given by Moses. While those who weren’t crucified Christ and persecuted the saints.
I too offer you, my family, the ability to express your faith by being baptized, as we are NOW facing apostasy, and are invited to participate in preserving and completing the restoration. You will never receive baptism until you have laid hold upon the words of Christ, so that must necessarily come first. Until you have taken the words of Christ seriously, and can reason, using scriptures and revelation alone, you will stone me, cast me out, and disregard what I have been saying, as foolishness, for ten years now. My love for you is eternal, so I will take it. I would prefer dying in the efforts of speaking the words of Christ to my family, than to live conforming to unbelief.
Conclusion: Many of you are offended because of the difficulty of the words of Christ. Some have wrongly assumed that I want you to follow me (which is honestly absurd given the fact that I preach “follow no man”). All I ask is that you read the words of Christ yourself, putting into question everything that you have been taught, to be led by the spirit, and not by a man’s interpretation. You will learn really quickly how institutionalized we have become because of our foolish and false traditions.
I mean no harm. I take no offense by your judgements. I find it hilarious that you mock me for fighting against the church’s policies, for holding to the values that I have discovered in the scriptures, when none of you have taken this stuff seriously enough to reason with me, by using the scriptures.
I have been called a bully. I am considered poison. Everything I say is judged as being influenced by some apostate, as if I don’t have the intelligence to think for myself. Mom has gone so far as to research what bi-polar looks like, as she thinks that I suffer from some mental imbalance. Once you have exhausted all your excuses for why I am wrong, perhaps you might consider that I have simply been converted to the words of Christ, I have found a firm foundation, and I will not move from it. Then, in that day, you might reflect upon your own foundation and “reconotice” you are not founded upon the words of Christ, but have built your foundation upon the sand of men.