God has always sought a people. God blessed the Jews; God blessed the Mormons; And God Blessed America. God’s blessings were never in question, …wether we respond and return to Him is!
From the Fall of Adam, God sought to gather His people. Each time He offered, only a rare few would gather. Many have been called, but few have responded, to become chosen. In every dispensation the Lord has sent servants to gather His sheep. The response of the sheep is a self-selecting process.
Scriptures are written by those who’ve been in the heavens, describing the heavens, so that what is in heaven can be on earth. When we read the scriptures to gain insight of the heavens, …to make on earth as it is in heaven, …then scriptures become a tool to unite. Otherwise, it plants vanity. Properly used, scriptures familiarizes it’s reader with the Lord’s voice in the past, so they can recognize it in the present. The reader must be familiar with God, His correct attributes/characteristics/and perfections, …and then the reader can know that the path they are on is acceptable to God (Lectures on Faith). Any other use for scripture, produces pride and vanity.
The Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees took the scriptures from simple principles, and KILLED it, to make laws. You can control others with laws, because laws must be enforced. The scriptures weren’t written upon their hearts, the principles were abandoned by God’s people, so the laws became a burden on their backs. At one point, God blessed the Jews, but their scattered condition finds them in a different circumstance today.
The Mormons have chosen a similar path after the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. They have claimed ownership of the scriptures, not being willing to be held accountable to them. They’d prefer one man speaks with Christ, and all others do what one man says. Their laws centralize governing powers to Salt Lake City. They control all the money, allowing poverty to thrive, even in areas that the church is prospering. The saints (speaking generally) cannot hear the gathering voice of the Lord, as they still suffer the 1832 condemnation of disregarding the Book of Mormon and the other commandments. They have changed and added scripture, without the insight of the heavens (admittedly). And now they claim every talk from General Conference as scripture. God blessed the Mormons with the Book of Mormon/D&C/POGP/JST Bible, but they’re casting people out, against the doctrine of their own scripture (3 Nephi 18).
God Blessed America with a constitutional foundation, based on the Bible. But the constitution is now amended so badly, that it’s almost impossible to see the black Michael Jackson underneath all that white plastic surgery.
Is it God who did this, or is it man? God’s blessings were never in question. Our loyalties are. When will we sacrifice our mind and will for God’s? We claim to believe in a God that we don’t care to read about. We say we trust in God, when we don’t care to discuss His characteristics/attributes/and perfections. We will defend the Mormons, and fight to the death to defend America, when Mormon doctrine and American law is unrecognizable compared to it’s origins, just like Michael Jackson.
Conclusion: I know that it sounds like I’m critical, negative, and always condemning. It wouldn’t be that way if you would take to love the scriptures you have professed to believe. I don’t need you to agree with me at all. I don’t need a forced conversation, concerning the scriptures. All I care about is that we discuss them. I can say what I think, you can say what you think, but the scriptures ought to determine who is right or wrong. You don’t need to tell me what to do, nor I you. We ought to respect agency.
If you want to talk about scripture, I am available to talk. I always have been willing to talk to any of you about that.