In response to Mom’s latest post, the law has value, when men are ignorant, but must be abandoned when they come unto Christ. She used the following scripture to argue against my last post that “the law” has value, and I would agree. But the bigger picture is ignored, that our responsibility was to come unto Christ, through His principles, which is His mind and will, …and then the law has little use for us. Here is the scripture she quoted:
“20. Let no man think he is ruler; but let God rule him that judgeth, according to the counsel of his own will, or, in other words, him that counseleth or sitteth upon the judgment seat.
21. Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath NO NEED TO BREAK THE LAWS OF THE LAND.
22. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be, UNTIL he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet.
In wickedness the law is the lowest form of governance, to maintain a form of peace and protection. The constitution of the united states, although inspired of God, was intended only to provide those on the promised land “righteousness.” And when righteousness abounds, the true ruler of all can lead the people into “more righteousness.” In righteousness, the law is meaningless, because living in righteousness proposes no threat to the laws of the land, but adds greater value “within” the law. When righteousness is in the hearts of the people of the promised land, the constitution is no longer useful, …and is dead, …and must be abandoned. That is why the saying goes, “You can’t regulate an honest man.” An honest man regulates himself, and he doesn’t depend on the law of the land to reign himself in.
The early saints sought to establish Zion, but failed to do it because of jarrings, strifes contentions, malice, etc. They were unable to establish righteousness, and failed at their attempt to be one. They could not endure God’s chastening, to be sanctified by Him, to prove that they would not only accept the covenant, …but that they would also keep it (D&C 101:1-6). They fell apart because they could not live God’s PRINCIPLES. For this reason, the Lord “SUFFERED” the early saints to live the laws and constitution of the people, so that at least they were able to maintain the rights of their agency and all men were protected as to the flesh, according to “just” and “holy” PRINCIPLES.
“76. And again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as rulers and are in authority over you—
77. According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have “suffered” to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;
78. That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.
79. Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.”
So, if you want to claim being governed by the laws of the land, or in other words the laws of men, …that is your choice! However, it is not the only choice available. There is a covenant, that if you accept and keep it, God gives you land for your inheritance. But it necessitates that you keep unspotted from the world, and remember His principles to understand His mind and will. Those who will do that, will inherit the earth, that she will offer up a multiplicity of abundance:
“16. Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
17. Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;
18. Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;
19. Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
20. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.”
If you want to claim the laws of the land, go right ahead. Don’t let me stand in your way. But, living by that law, and failing to understand the principles behind it, will cause your suffering. The constitution, at its origination, was founded upon righteous principles, and you could gain much by understanding and living those righteous principles. However, the constitution is currently “on-the-ropes” and “down-for-the-count,” and it’s principles are generating plagues, famines, and pestilences. So if that is what you want for your reward, I’ll leave you to it. However, if you would “consider” for a moment what I am offering, the covenant, and it’s promised blessings, you might want to consider a different approach. A PRINCIPLE APPROACH!
Conclusion: We must not break the laws of the land, but using the laws of the land as an excuse to not rise-up is a LAME excuse for not rising-up! Lucky for you, Christ healed the lame, so He can heal you too. The covenant will work, even within the laws of the land, as they are PRINCIPLE-CENTERED, and not merely circumstantial. The laws of the land cannot regulate PRINCIPLE. Man cannot control PRINCIPLE. The scriptures offer PRINCIPLE. They are applicable in all dispensations before this one, and can be applied in this one just the same. That is how God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, by principles.
Free yourself from your PRIDE by considering what I am saying. Put aside your traditions from the LDS church, or any other institution you have been subscribing to for years (banking, academic, government, social, etc). Putting those traditions aside for a short time, to consider another perspective, will not threaten your standing in those institutions. No one will know that you’ve considered it. It will be between you and God alone. I don’t even care if I didn’t know that you considered what I said. But, if you are HUMBLE, then you would consider any and all messages that claim to be of God. I claim this message to be of God.
The Holy Ghost will bring all things to your remembrance “IF” you have been taught of Christ. If not, you will have no remembrance. You must submit to God’s mind and will first. And by the power of the Holy Ghost you can know the truth of all things. But, when you ask, you are required to ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, acting no hypocrisy. You must follow the example of Joseph Smith, who asked to know the truth SO THAT HE COULD ACT UPON IT.
I recommend you do the same. Don’t be LAME!