There are two attributes we are instructed to avoid: Hypocrisy and Guile. Exercising faith requires action to align with belief, otherwise it is Hypocrisy. Sincerity indicates a pure heart, ulterior motives express Guile. To be without Hypocrisy and Guile is to align your actions with your understanding of God, and sincerely seek more.
There are two attributes we are instructed to avoid when wielding power or influence: Hypocrisy and Guile.
“41. No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42. By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile“
- Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform.
- Guile: sly or cunning intelligence.
Faith is an assurance of things hoped for, but not seen. To be “assured” is to have confidence. Fear erodes assurance/confidence, therefore it is the opposite of faith. The more understanding we have, our assurance/confidence grows in that thing, …until faith overcomes fear and produces ACTION.
“53. And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.
54. They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.
55. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things“
To overcome by faith is to have grown your faith, until it is greater than all tasks or obstacles on your path to return to your Father in heaven. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rely’s wholly upon what you understand of Him. Someone who knows Him can exercise greater faith in Him, than those who are separated from Him in ignorance. Great knowledge produces great faith, which produces great ACTION. Repeated action, aligned with correct knowledge, produces POWER. Faith is the principle motivation of ACTION and POWER in all intelligent beings, including God. POWER is tied to “unwavering faith,” the kind of faith sufficient to move mountains, to command a tree to grow in the middle of the ocean and it will grow, to part the waters, or walk on water, and to raise the dead. The enemy to faith is fear, and Hypocrisy is the camouflage of fear, so that justifications cloak the truth, allowing fear to grow, eroding faith, until you know nothing of the mysteries of God. Ignorance of the mysteries of God is referred to by Alma as “the chains of hell” (Alma 12:10-11). Exercising faith requires action aligned with belief, otherwise it is Hypocrisy. And Hypocrisy stunts faith. Do as you claim you believe, know God, receive the mysteries in full, obtain eternal life.
Sincerity indicates a pure heart, while ulterior motives express Guile. The Lord expects an offering from all who claim to be His followers: a broken heart and contrite spirit. Guile mimics the symptoms of a broken heart and contrite spirit, to deceive, by wearing a sad countenance, or sheep’s clothing, when the heart is really hard and obstinate, and within hides a ravenous wolf. Guile is used to trick people with logic and reasoning to control and produce reactions, keeping men trapped in ignorance. Anti-christs like Nehor and Korihor use it. Today, politicians use Guile all the time. Marketers do too. They make bad look good and good seem evil, as Isaiah prophesied they would. Guile makes Satan’s methods so appealing that 1/3 of the hosts of heaven fell and were cast down with him. Anyone claiming a scary, ugly, unappealing person as Satan, is ignorant of his attribute of Guile.
To be without Hypocrisy and Guile is to align your actions with your understanding of God, and sincerely seek more.
Conclusion: Go to the light. The large and spacious building is well populated with Hypocrites who say, but don’t do. They mock and cast people out when they aren’t Hypocrites like them. They scoff and scorn, using peer pressure to influence, rather than pure knowledge that greatly enlarges the soul. When ignorance cannot penetrate those who know Christ, those in the large and spacious building use Guile to deceptively re-label and re-package truth to make ignorance justified. They say “Don’t worry about how much you know the scriptures, that’s for the scholars.” “Don’t worry about the history, the whole truth has nothing to offer. Stick to what we say the truth is.” “Just keep your eye on us, and forget about the many large and spacious buildings we own, and draw billions of dollars of revenues from annually, while the Hawaiians are incarcerated in their cell of ignorance, bondage, and captivity.”
Try flipping that argument around. Where is my large and spacious building? Where are my crowds of mockers, casting people out? Where is my re-labeling and re-packeging of the truth and the history? Where are my lawyers hiding my sources of revenue, my office towers, my shopping mall revenues, etc.?
I do all I can to act as I know, and sincerely seek to know more (not only to say, but to actually do the seeking to know more). You have been a witness of my fruits, having read here and conversed in person, to witness the light that I have added to the subject of the scriptures. I am not a Hypocrite and there is no Guile in me. I do as I say I’m gonna do, and what you see is what you get with me. I don’t hide my history, I own it, account for it, and place it on the altar of the atonement for it to burn by the quenching heat of the fire, …the light. What remains after the burning is more light in me. I live as I believe, and for that I will take what comes with it, offering up my all, …even my good name.