We have generated in our institutionalized minds that if a servant of the Lord came to warn His people, they would come through the proper channels of the hierarchy. The only skill that was ever necessary to properly discern, was the ability to recognize the voice of the Lord. The only relationship that matters is your relationship with Christ.
Every organization, including the LDS Church, is represented by the large and spacious building from Lehi’s dream. Whenever men position themselves BETWEEN you and Christ, they have taken the role of the large and spacious building. When momentum increases by popularity and consensus, leaders can carefully tweak truths, thwart minds, and re-program hearts of good people, …thus eroding faith in Christ by reducing the necessity of a personal relationship with Christ, in exchange for conforming to leadership. We have generated institutionalized minds.
Rather then honing the skill to hear Christ’s voice, we teach a substitute skill of strict obedience to men in office, saying, “If a servant of the Lord came to warn His people, they would come through the proper channels of the hierarchy.” However, all throughout the scriptures we find multiple examples that contradict this idea. Lehi was sought after by the Jews, and almost lost his life, for not conforming to the hierarchy in Jerusalem. Nephi was required to steel the plates and sword of Laban, and to cut off Laban’s head. How is that aligning with hierarchy? Abinadi was cast out, and then returned in disguise, to preach repentance, against hierarchy. Alma was in the hierarchy of King Noah’s courts, but had to be cut-off from that hierarchy before the Lord had use for him. Samuel the Lamanite was shot at, and barely escaped, speaking to the general congregation of Nephi saints; speaking from outside of the hierarchy. In each of these cases, it wasn’t obedience to hierarchy that offered salvation. It was your familiarity with the voice of the Lord, to identify His servant. That is the context of Amos 3:7: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Laying claim to having a prophet misses the point. Hearing the voice of the Lord is the point.
The only skill that was ever necessary to properly discern, was the ability to recognize the voice of the Lord. It wasn’t your sabbath day meetings. It wasn’t your temple rituals. It wasn’t even your prayerful worship. All of those things were intended to change your heart, to make you a new creature in Christ, built completely centered on a personal relationship with Christ. We have flipped the plan of salvation upside down, putting our worship customs first, ignoring the need to hear the voice of the Lord and the words of Christ. Isaiah speaks directly against this philosophy:
“11. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. [All sacrifices were done in the temple, requiring their time and money, so this is tied to our costly temples and performing endowments, etc. in our day]
12. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13. Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. [Incense smoke symbolized an acceptable prayer arising to heaven as a sweet odor to God. But rather then a sincere heart-felt prayer, they lit incense, going through the motions instead. They endured their meetings and worship assemblies. This is what Christ said produced iniquity]
14. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Your time spent knowing the words of Christ will dictate your ability to hear the voice of the Lord. That is what qualifies you as His sheep, because you will have developed the skill to hear His voice. When a true servant of Christ speaks, it will not require hierarchical rank for you to qualify him. That’s what the world uses. You will recognize the words he uses, and can authenticate the message by the voice of the Lord you have become familiar with. The test is perfect. There are only two masters. Failure to recognize the voice of the Lord, by way of the words of Christ, indicates your master is NOT Christ.
The only relationship that matters is your relationship with Christ. Associating with Enoch, Melchizedek, Abraham, Moses, etc. offers you no advantage if you will not know the voice of the Lord. Only when you know the words of Christ and have developed the skill to recognize His voice (to you personally), then you can begin to know the master, and have a personal relationship with 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?”
As your relationship with Christ increases, servants, angels, and prophets only serve to talk of Christ, to better inform you of Him. They would never stand in your way of your personal relationship with Him. The appearance of angels to someone not familiar with the voice of the Lord would produce a sense of worship to the angel, distracting the individual from a relationship with the atoning Christ. No one has the right to stand in the way of Christ’s atonement by persuading an audience to follow them. Christ alone has performed the atonement. Only your relationship with Christ matters.
Conclusion: I am deeply grateful for the truths given me by the LDS Church. Without a foundation in the words of Christ, I cannot see how it would be possible for me to have a personal relationship with my Savior! The church has preserved for me the materials that have made this relationship possible. I will always be grateful for that.
However, church officers have inserted themselves as a wedge between us and Christ, demanding our obedience to them, against our instructions from Christ. They have cast my wife and I out for desiring to bear testimony of Christ. They seek to develop a relationship with men who have an office, and have cast us out because we disregard their offices, and will only follow Christ. They have abused their trust, using tithing funds to forward their efforts towards profits, while disregarding the increasingly growing poverty immediately surrounding them. For my efforts to target my tithes towards relieving the poor among me, they have removed my privilege to attend their temple, once again demanding my obedience to their policies and practices, while disregarding the necessity to obey Christ by assisting the poor among me.
Sig has testified to me that she will follow the prophet. I will repeat my response to her, “Good, that would be better than what you are doing now! Listen to the prophet’s counsel to read the words of Christ. Go to the temple as often as you can. Become familiar with their words, and constantly measure them by the words of Christ. That is what I did. …BUT, when you have finally become sufficiently familiar with the words of Christ, you will naturally have to make a choice: to follow the words of Christ, or the church officers. When that day comes, choose the words of Christ.”
If you seek to never sever your ties with the church, then don’t read the words of Christ. Doing so, and then conforming to church officers, will hold you to a higher condemnation. But don’t think that ignorance makes you free of condemnation. Not knowing has it’s own condemnation and regret. Take the counsel of the Lord:
“43. And I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves, to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life.
44. For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.”
Your test is NOW!