Philosophy, Science, and Revelation (1219 Words)

Since the apostasy, Philosophy and Science have battled for control, ignoring Revelation. Through the apostasy people were ruled over by Philosophers, until the people got fed up with being oppressed, and rebelled. The people debunked oppressive traditions with Science, but everyone has totally forgotten about Revelation.

The word “dogma” has nothing to do with the mother of a dog (dog-ma, …get-it), …that would be a bitch- a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter (not being crude, but that just goes to show you how what might seem obvious may not be so obvious. Besides I never thought that I’d ever use the word bitch). Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as “incontrovertibly true.” This sets the stage for the battle of the renaissance (1400 AD-1800AD).

Philosophy represented “religion,” and held the power over the perceptions of people’s minds for over a thousand years. Catholic Priests leaned toward the teachings of philosopher Aristotle, who defined God by stating what he knew that God wasn’t (or at least thought he knew). For example, we can’t say that God exists, all we can safely say is that God is not nonexistent, …or we should not say that God is wise, but we can say that God is not ignorant. They defined God by saying what He isn’t, rather than knowing what He is. The Priest was considered the mouth piece of God, and could expound the scriptures, making the translation “incontrovertibly true,” …and none could refute, despite that they were wrong. Priests settled the matter by stating their authority, and pounded in their stakes to make their claims.

The argument that has discredited religion, in favor of science, was based upon the reading of the scriptures. Priest’s claimed that their authority gave them power to expound the scriptures. They used their authority to expound scripture, claiming, the Bible says that the Earth is the center of the universe. This perspective was labeled Geocentric, or Earth-centeric. However, scientist Galileo, read the same scriptures a little differently than the Priests. He stated that the Bible could be read to express an Earth point of view, and nothing more. And then Galileo turned his telescope to the sun, moon, and stars, proving that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Priest’s, rather than repenting and fixing where they were wrong, they cast out Galileo’s theory, and called it heresy.  Today, it is common knowledge that the Priest’s were wrong, and Galileo was right, proving that a priest’s authority doesn’t control the correct understanding of scriptures. Scientists have used this case to support that there is no God, …only the natural laws of science. The battle between Philosophy and Science continues, as no one pays much attention to revelation. God has become an argument between religionists and scientists, who have never been in God’s presence.

Revelation flies under the radar of the brightest minds, only appearing in simple men like Abraham, Moses, Joseph Smith, etc. The philosophy’s of men mingled with scripture has never produced the presence of God. And despite the sophistication of machines, computers, and programming, scientists have never blasted off into outer space, to place an American flag in the presence of God either. Yet, we occupy most of our lives trying to balance between Philosophy and Science, never knowing God, never ascending, remaining cast out of His presence, rather than returning. Revelation is available to all, if they would receive it.

To receive it, revelation requires a pure heart, and purity is always tested. The veil is over our senses, not over our feelings. The heart governs feelings or desires. As our desires are to God, our hearts become purer, and our feelings can lead our actions, until our senses catch up. Revelation grows from feelings, to hearing, to seeing, to touch, etc. The scriptures refer to the heart as being the source of healing the deaf (those who cannot hear the Lord’s voice), the blind (those who cannot see His face and know that He is), and the lame (those who cannot walk back into His presence). All of it refers to revelation.

There is only one revelation, and it is the unveiling of God, the source of all light. The heart’s purity must be tested at every step, before more revelation will be given. The purification-work to hear the Lord’s voice is the effort we give to study the scriptures. The test comes, when a servant speaks with the voice of the Lord, disguised as a stranger, a bum on the street, or a son/brother, …can you hear the voice of the Lord and act? Acting upon His voice produces another test, as the Lord requires your actions to go against the logic and understanding of the world. For instance: Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Joseph being sold into slavery, the brother of Jared crossing the ocean, Moses parting the Red Sea, Lehi/Nephi leaving Jerusalem, etc.  Each of their hearts were tested at a higher degree, and the revelation they received matched. Ultimately, all of them offered all things on the sacrificial altar. Rather than a symbolic offering, a son or daughter of God must offer all things on the sacrificial altar, in exchange for walking back, for ascending, for the final unveiling, the one revelation, the unveiling of the source of all light, walking back into the presence of God.

Conclusion: Zion is a people who are of one heart and one mind, with no poor among them. I am certain that we have hearts of great potential. But our hearts are stuck on the things of this world, following after the traditions of men (philosophies of men mingled with scripture), depending upon science for our conveniences, that our efforts to balance our lives between philosophy and science have left our family outside of the presence of God!

The presence of God doesn’t remove the problems of the world, it offers a completely different paradigm that makes the problems of the world so insignificant, and produces power to overcome the world by faith. Moses’ problems with Egypt never disappeared, but God parted the Red Sea. Enoch’s problems never disappeared, but the city of Enoch was taken up. Noah’s problems never disappeared, but within the ark Noah was preserved. Moses, Enoch, and Noah had a paradigm shift by entering into the presence of the Lord. That has been available to all who would have a pure heart, hear the voice of the Lord, see His face, and walk back into His presence.

You have been invited to the wedding feast. You must have on a wedding garment, or else be bound hand and foot and thrown out. The sign in the heaven on Sept 23, 2017 is the sign of Jupiter and Virgo, crowned with a crown of 12 stars, standing on the moon, clothed in the sun. Symbolically, it refers to the family of God, built upon revelation (moon = wisdom or revelation), clothed in the robes of light (the sun), crowned with the glory of the heavens (12 star constellations represented by a 12 star crown).

We are required to see the things we learned in the temple as instructions. We must receive those instructions and find our way back. We must access the power of our family to do the work of knowing the words of Christ. Lets work!

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If You Love Me… (1124 Words)

The Lord has established a clear method of expressing Love towards Him saying, If You Love Me… Only those who love the Lord hear the end of that phrase, “keep my commandments.” Two comforters are promised all who love the Lord by keeping His commandments. While the first comforter seems to be very familiar, the second comforter has gone missing from our LDS vocabulary, since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and must return.

If you love me, is a condition that the Lord has communicated for all to know how they can express their love towards Him. The coldness of the world is a result of the love of Christ running cold. As the love of Christ runs colder, darkness increases in men, and light decreases. As darkness replaces the light, men’s hearts fail them, and contention, destruction, and death is the result. The prophesy describes these last times as “…walking in darkness at noon day.” However, protection from the end times contention, destruction, and death, is offered by Christ through a covenant. Keepers of the covenant express their love towards Christ, …and Christ, in exchange gives them more and more light. Light dispels the darkness, until you are full of light, …even among those who are cold, in utter darkness.

Side Note: During the totality of the eclipse, at it’s darkest moment, temperatures dropped by up to 20 degrees Farhenheit.  This is a type and a shadow of the drastic effect darkness in the world will have on the hearts of men, as the light of Christ is withdrawn, leaving people to their own devices.

Only those who love the Lord hear the end of the phrase, those who love me, “keep my commandments.” The Lord is clear that those who love Him will pay attention to what He commands. The scriptures are compiled of commandments given by the Lord. Those who love Christ would do well to show it by how they study their scriptures, to know what Christ has commanded in the past. Those who don’t love the Lord don’t need to confess not loving the Lord, they simply don’t read his words and don’t keep his commandments. The scriptures already assumes rejection from the world. The Lord extends His arms to those who are His sheep, by telling them “This is how you love me.”

Anciently, this statement of how you love Christ, in Greek, translates better than in English. “Keep my commandments” translated from Greek is: “Stand watch, like a sentry, awaiting my every command.” This instruction improves upon “keep my commandments”  because the commandments are not statically found in scriptures alone. The static scripture does offer examples of the Lords commandments. However, the scriptures are most effectively used to teach you how to hear the voice of the Lord, literally hearing His every command to you. The Greek clearly expresses that. Those who love the Lord will stand watch like a sentry, a guard, a soldier stationed to keep guard or to control access to a place, …and await the Lord’s every command (His voice). “Keep my commandments” just doesn’t offer the same depth, like the Greek. Our sacrament prayer supports the Greek, as the end of both prayers request that Christ’s spirit “…always be with you.” The static scriptures are meant to be read dynamically, so that a transition can be made from static words, to be instructed by the literal voice of the Lord Himself, guiding you to become like Him.

Two comforters are promised to all who love the Lord by keeping His commandments. The first comforter is the Holy Ghost. His role is to convey truth, understanding and knowledge. It is not to convey emotions, as we have come to associate. By the power of the Holy Ghost you can know the truth of all things. The first comforter was intended to lead to the second comforter. When you have established a foundation in truth, understanding and knowledge, by loving the Lord, by keeping His commandments, by standing watch like a soldier obeying His every command, the second comforter can come to you.

While the first comforter seems to be very familiar, the second comforter has gone missing from our LDS vocabulary, since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and must return. The second comforter is nothing less than entering into the presence of Christ in the flesh.

D&C 130:3

“3. John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.”

John, the Beloved of Christ, testified of a personal witness of Christ and the Father, for every saint to accomplish, while in the flesh. The early saints, a year before Joseph and Hyrum’s death, doubted the idea, and the revelation was produced to clear up the misconception. The revelation confirms that it is a “personal appearance,” just as Joseph Smith received, just as Lehi, Nephi, the brother of Jared, and all who are just and true or just men made perfect, had received. The LDS temple endowment points to it, but the saints have preferred “the ritual” presence of the Lord over “the actual” presence of the Lord. Governing temple recommends has turned into power over governing the presence of the Lord, since the LDS only believe in a ritual presence. The presence of the Lord has gone missing in the LDS doctrine. The subject matter has been buried, and the vacancy of this doctrine has been replaced by temple rituals alone. We have reduced our doctrines to sectarian notions, which are false.

Conclusion: The doctrine of the second comforter must return to us. It is the second comforter that gives value to the first comforter, which gives value to hearing the voice of the Lord, which gives value to keeping the commandments, which gives value to reading the words of Christ, which gives value to the persons who love the Lord with all their heart, mind and soul. The second comforter is precisely what the Book of Mormon instructs all to receive. Those in Zion will all know the Lord personally. None need say to them, “…know ye the Lord, for all will know Him.”

Christ will not sprinkle pixie-dust to make you a God. He will guide you. He will walk by your side. He will instruct you. He will abide in you, as your mind and will aligns with Him. But you must do the work. You must learn and do. You cannot skip steps. You cannot avoid the work. It is through the work that you obtain confidence. It is through the difficulty that miracles occur. The real miracle is you!

Faith is Required (1333 Words)

From the time of Adam, until now, the same Faith is Required. In the story of Lehi’s family, we learn that every person will follow one of two patterns of faith. What pattern will you choose to follow?

From Adam until now, the test is the same, and passing the test requires the same faith, …even great faith. As God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, …faith grows exactly the same then, as it does now, and as it will in the future. The reason scriptures matter so much is because the faith required of ancient saints is precisely the same faith required of modern saints. The pattern of Nephi’s faith is not restricted to church leaders. It is a pattern meant for each individual who has eyes that see, and ears that hear, male or female, from the least to the greatest, to apply. We know the story, but consider the summary anyway.

In the story of Lehi’s family, we learn that every person will follow one of two patterns of faith. Either you can choose to grow your faith as Nephi did, until you enter into the presence of the Lord in the flesh, …or you can ignore the words of Christ, and follow the pattern of Laman and Lemuel’s faith. The scriptures are funny in that you exercise faith by studying it, or you reject the Book of Mormon by giving heed to it. Likewise with a covenant, those who receive it must say and do it. But those who reject the covenant only need pay it no attention. Consider the two options in the lives of brothers.

Nephi is a good person, like all of you. His father, Lehi, was cast out of the Jewish church (the apostate Mormons of their day), being threatened to be stoned to death. It took a certain degree of faith for Nephi to retrieve the plates from the leader of the church (Laban), with the threat of possibly loosing his life, looming overhead. The faith necessary for Nephi to acquire the plates had to exceed the faith of his three older brothers, waiting outside the city walls.

You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, as they are left all alone in the wilderness, dad being excommunicated, Nephi cutting off the head of Laban, and literally stealing the plates. By common law, Nephi’s hands should be cut off for stealing, and he should be killed for murdering, and tortured for murdering a church leader, to boot. Lehi is also guilty of the same crimes because he was the one behind all of it. Laman and Lemuel wouldn’t go to the same extreme to retrieve the plates, having insufficient faith. But, they logically and rationally battled within themselves, trying to decide if they shouldn’t be the ones to execute the law of the land, by killing their father and younger brother. Their false traditions of unbelief, established by the Jewish church, were so deeply engrained, that they would die for it. Or in this case, Laman and Lemuel wouldn’t kill their church leaders, but they would kill their brother and father, to defend their false traditions of unbelief.

When Lehi told his family of his dream, Nephi’s faith went through another growth spurt, as we find Nephi struggling at the base of the mountain, pondering and wanting to know what his father was trying to tell them in his dream. Nephi knew that he believed all the words of his father, despite Lehi being badly rejected of the commonly acceptable church, …but to Nephi, knowing his dad knew it wasn’t enough! He sought to know for himself, and because of that, an angle did visit him. It was an angel of the highest degree. It was “The Great Angel,” even Jesus Christ. The tile “Lord Sabaoth” literally means Lord of the hosts of heaven, …anciently: “The Great Angel.”

Laman and Lemuel, although they went into the wilderness with Lehi, failed to lay hold upon the words of Christ for themselves. Their faith failed them when retrieving the plates. Their faith failed them as they sought to kill their father and brother. Their faith failed them in hunger. Their faith failed them crossing the ocean. And their faith failed them when they separated their families, passing on their ignorance many generations after them. They wouldn’t read for themselves, using the excuse that God makes no such thing known to them. They rejected the words of Christ, not by doing something to the records, …but by simply not reading them, not seeking diligently to understand them. Because they rejected the words of Christ, they found legitimate reason to rebel against a servant of Christ in their family members, …in their father and in their little brother. You would think that because they were family, they would have had an advantage because they knew the hearts of their father and brother. But being related to the prophet served as no advantage because of their lack of faith. Having rejected the words of Christ, and the servant of Christ was sufficient to communicate to God and His witnesses that they also rejected Christ Himself.

The faith of Nephi is a pattern available to all of us, if we have eyes to see, and ears to hear. We understand the physical odds facing Nephi when he retrieved the plates. We too must face physical odds as did Nephi. However, the growth of Nephi’s faith to believe in and acquire his personal witness of Christ was far greater than the physical odds of retrieving the plates. After Nephi had a personal witness of Christ, Nephi is able to endure far greater trials, doing precisely what is asked of him by the Lord, even when his father’s faith failed him with hunger, his brothers tie him to the mast of the ship, and eventually try to kill him, his wife, and his children. Nephi’s faith wasn’t dependent on any man, not his father, and not a prophet, …because he knew Christ for himself.

There are two patterns that everyone on earth must choose: accept or reject the words of Christ. To reject, nothing is required of you. God assumes rejection by the absence of acceptance. There are two doctrines being pitched in this world. Their are two ways. There are two masters. In the story of Lehi’s family, there are two patterns of faith expressed. Which pattern are you going to follow?

Conclusion: From the time of Adam, until now, the same Faith is Required. No one can take your place on the judgement seat, but Christ. Only He has atoned for you. He will redeem you from the fall if you do not reject Him. Doing nothing is the same as rejecting Him. No one can do the work of accepting for you. You must do it if you want it, otherwise you are rejecting your redemption. No one can substitute for your labor of diligently searching (seeing) the words of Christ. No one can do the hearing of the voice of the Lord through the servant of Christ. And no one can enter into the presence of Christ in your place.

The times might change. Circumstances might be unique to our day. People may differ from persecutors in the past. But the same Faith is Required for all men to be redeemed from the fall. Receive the covenant by taking seriously the words of Christ, and you will not see me so offensive. Instead you will recognize the words I speak align with the words of Christ in the scriptures. When you do, you will naturally hear the false traditions of unbelief that has been filling your empty minds for so long, taking the place where truth should reside. In order for truth and light to accumulate, foolish traditions of unbelief must be removed. They cannot co-exist. You must choose this day, and every day, from here on out who you will serve, …and then act like it!

Arrested Sacrifice (1149 Words)

The lion couch in facsimile #1 offers valuable information of an acceptable sacrifice. Some sacrifices requires the offering of a life, but for others, an Arrested Sacrifice is provided. The test results in the same outcome, whether you die or an Arrested Sacrifice is provided, it is the weighing of the heart against truth.

Look at facsimile #1 in the Book of Abraham. The person being sacrificed is on a lion-couch. The Egyptian name for the lion is sekhmet, and she is a lioness. In Hebrew her name is Ariel, the lion of God (El). Upon the lion altar is an acceptable offering, so the lion is smiling, and wagging her tail. The person on the altar is Osiris. The bird above the head of Osiris, is Horus. Osiris is the name of Christ in the flesh. Horus is the name of Jehovah (Yahweh) or the heavenly depiction of the Lord. Horus/Osiris refers to the same person, in different states: in a body of spirit and a body tabernacled in the flesh. Facsimile #1 is a story of Christ’s sacrifice. Down below the altar are four canopic jars, representing all of creation. And below them are layers of the underworld, where the crocodile awaits all unworthy travelers. Those who pass the crocodile pass through twelve gates with sufficient knowledge to pass the angels at those gates, who stand as sentinels guarding them. It is a pattern that all acceptable sacrifices must pass through, whether or not you are offered or an Arrested Sacrifice provides a substitute.

Some sacrifices requires the offering of a life, but for others, an Arrested Sacrifice is provided. The story of Abraham offering his son Isaac is a perfect example. In the most common story, a ram in the thicket is found when Abraham is stopped by an angel, just before plunging the knife into his son. The ram is the Arrested Sacrifice. A sacrifice was required, but the ram represented Christ’s atonement as a substitute for the offered life of Isaac. However, as a token, circumcision was required, representing a symbolic blood offering, cutting the crown of the head of a king. For a woman, her virginity represented a symbolic blood offering, rather than requiring the loss of their lives. Every sacrificial offering represented the Arrested Sacrifice taking the place of the one making the offering. Just as in facsimile #1, the ultimate sacrifice is Horus/Osiris, none other than Christ. All Arrested Sacrifices symbolically represent Christ’s atoning sacrifice, so that you can repent, and He pays the price in your place.

The test results in the same outcome, whether you die or an Arrested Sacrifice is provided, it is the weighing of the heart against truth. Some sacrifices are only forged in the loss of life, like Isaiah who was rolled in a carpet and sawn in half with a  wood saw. Others like Abinidai who was burned to death by King Noah and the wicked priests required nothing less than his life. However, Isaac and Nephi’s life was spared by an Arrested Sacrifice. Isaac’s substitute was the ram in the thicket, while Nephi’s was the head of king Laban. Here is the point: It doesn’t matter to any of Christ’s servants, whether or not an Arrested Sacrifice is provided, or they lost their life bearing testimony. That is the totally up to the Lord. All of them offered “the same thing,” …they offered all things, not even sparing their lives. They put it all on the altar. All true disciples, no matter what dispensation of time you live in, must face the very same test, …your hearts must be weighed in your offering, to determine in whom you’ve trusted.

John 15:14-24

“14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

21. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

22. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

24. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.”

Conclusion: All are judged by one person. It is the same person who has performed your atonement. You guessed it, the judge is Christ alone! He is the only one qualified to judge the matter, as He is the only one who paid the full price.

However, what you will be judged on is your choices. In ignorance, judgement is very lenient. Verse 22 says that if Christ didn’t speak to them, the ignorant wouldn’t be guilty of sin. Ignorance in this case means those who haven’t heard Christ’s words from Him or His servants. Verse 20 clarifies that if they reject Christ’s servant, it is the same as rejecting Christ, and rejecting the Father. For if people accept Christ’s servant’s teachings, they would accept Christ’s teachings. But, if they persecute Christ’s servants, they would persecute Christ too. Those that persecute Christ hate both Him and His father.

You are accountable to recognize the voice of the Lord, whether by His own voice, or by His servants, it is the same. Question is, can you recognize the voice of the Lord in the words of His servant? You can answer that question to yourself, because only you will be accountable to recognize Christ’s word. Familiarity with the words of Christ offers an enormous advantage. Feast upon those words. Take these things seriously. It’s time to awake and arise.

Since the solar eclipse, Texas has flooded, and Tennessee looks like it’s flooding too. Now is the time to “know ye the Lord.” He desires to make you His, by teaching true principles, to know Him personally.

Wake up already!

 

 

Her Faith Made Her Whole… (924 Words)

Concerning faith, correct belief, directing action, producing power, and becoming unshaken, …Mom asked about the woman in the crowd, who touched Christ’s hem, and Her Faith Made Her Whole. Rather than directly addressing Mom’s last comment, let’s recount the story. After all, it’s for conversations like this that this blog exists, isn’t it? Let’s talk story, …scripture stories:

To sum up the story, there was a woman who had issues (jokes). A woman had an “issue of blood” for twelve years. The most common understanding of an “issue of blood” is hemorrhage (natural or diseased). It had gone on for twelve years, and none of the doctors could fix it. All of this woman’s money had been spent on doctor treatments (we all know how doctor bills can pile up), and nothing worked. In fact, it was getting worse (Mark5:25-26).

To make a bad matter worse, Jewish law declares her as ceremonially unclean (Leviticus15:25-27), restricting her from participating in temple rites. Worse than her temple recommend being revoked, anything she touched became unclean too. In a crowded street, anyone touching her was also considered unclean by law- including Jesus.

Mark 5:27-29

“27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”

Christ, looking around, said, “Who touched my clothes?” Those with him looked at him bewildered, as it was obvious that they were in a crowd with lots of people touching Christ. But, Christ spoke of who touched Him in a way that caused virtue to go out of Him. The exchange between Christ and the woman with issues (jokes) is interesting to consider, concerning faith:

“33. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

The woman fearfully confessed what she had done, and that she was miraculously healed, she falls down and confesses all she did. She told Him all the truth (this is unknown what she told Him, leaving a gap to ponder). And this is when Christ responds, telling the woman that it was “HER FAITH” that made her whole.

The faith of the woman isn’t expounded upon, and is left for the reader to ponder. The material to consider, when pondering the faith of the woman, is in the set-up of the story, not in the miracle. The miracle is only the sign that follows faith, because faith doesn’t follow signs. Signs follow those that believe (Ether 4:18). She had a medical problem for 12 years, that doctors couldn’t fix, leaving her penniless. She was cast out as unclean, no access to temple rites, and if touched, her filth was communicable. In her humbled state, how would you deal with it?

I’ll venture to guess what she did in preparation, reflecting upon my own experience, dealing with life “issues” for almost twelve years now. From my own experience, I searched church authorities, programs, and counseling, and they’ve taken my money, only to offer no relief. I was cast out, and considered unclean, so to speak. Those associated with me, if they think as I do, are considered unclean too. I know, I know, it’s not about me, and I don’t think that her situation matches my own at all (a far stretch). But, hey, I’m flexible, so lets stretch a little, in effort to ponder this woman’s situation as best as we can. You know, trying to apply the scriptures? Hmmm, what a concept!

The leading question is, what would I do, if I were her, that would lead me to exercising great faith, to syphon virtue from Christ? I would have sought God in prayer, in study, in effort to become personally familiar with His words (especially when the brightest men have failed at helping me). Having been familiar with the teachings of God, I would recognize that Christ was the literal son of God, because the scriptures told me so. Despite the ridicule of uncleanness, I would exercise my faith by taking action, enduring the negative things others thought of me or how they treated me, to make my way to Christ. And when I saw Christ in the crowd of people, I would reach out and touch His hem.

That is how I see it, why Christ could honestly attribute the healing, to her faith. Her Faith Made Her Whole. That is not to take away any credit for the virtue that left Christ to heal her. Christ continually offers us His virtue. Our problem is our ability to receive it. How long would He have gathered you? The problem is you would not! The woman’s faith wasn’t something that just popped up out of nowhere, without correct knowledge, without action, and powerless. On the contrary, she correctly knew that Christ was who He claimed to be. She had practiced unbelief for 12 years, seeking to be healed of those who couldn’t heal. When she had correct knowledge and acted upon it, it produced power sufficient to be healed.

Conclusion: We cannot underestimate faith, disregarding the work necessary to produce power. Correct belief is absolutely necessary in order for action to turn into power. Until we have correct belief, we will always have “issues,” …even “bloody issues.” Your faith can make you whole, just as Her Faith Made Her Whole. Lets get faith right and follow Christ alone!

Certified Mormon! (1323 Words)

In the efforts to write a document that states governing principles, I have discovered what I think ought to be the minimum (…and only) requirements to be considered a Certified Mormon! The eclipse cutting through the United States of America, on Thomas S. Monson’s 90th birthday (tomorrow, Aug 21, 2017) symbolizes to me a sign in the heavens that represents the end of the day of the Gentiles. It is an indication of judgement as the moon cuts off the light of the sun. Although the movement I am involved in have theoretically drastically differing opinions, The Standard & Guide (outlined here) is what I will hold myself accountable to, before God, angels, and you witnesses. It is also a statement of unity for those who will minimally observe and keep them, with the potential to produce Zion: one heart, one mind, and no poor among them.

Explained: There are two portions: standard and guide. The standard alone is sufficient to produce a seed of unity. The guide gives a little more information of how things can be done, in this dispensation, to produce one heart and one mind, with no poor among us, …allowing all to be free of being ruled-over, being able to govern ourselves, willing to be held accountable for our own flaw and error if we fail to come to Christ. Read and consider the following:


A STANDARD & GUIDE

STANDARD: We believe that every individual seeking to know God, through His son Jesus Christ, can be personally instructed by the Holy Spirit, to obtain greater light and truth. We believe that the words of Christ (past, present, and future) is the standard by which all followers of Christ should govern themselves. We relinquish any desire to have an institution, hierarchy, or strong-man lead us, being willing to be personally accountable to repent and turn to Christ, or answer for our own sins.

GUIDE: The following is a guide for the application of The Doctrine of Christ, Fellowships and Ordinances.

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST:

Faith is having an assurance of unseen things. To exercise faith is to act in alignment to correct belief. Faith is the principle motivation of action and power in both mortals and in God. Having faith in Jesus Christ is: to believe in Him, to learn of Him, and to act according to a correct understanding of Him. Exercising faith in Jesus Christ will gradually turn action into power, producing unwavering faith in Him.

Repentance requires correct knowledge of Jesus Christ. With correct knowledge, an individual is able to recognize and turn away from personal error, facing Christ instead. Light dispels darkness and sin is quickly forgiven. Ultimately, repentance leads to being redeemed from the fall, being brought back into Christ’s presence.

Baptism is required of all who believe in Jesus Christ and repent. Baptism must be performed by immersion, by one holding proper authority, and when possible, in living water such as a river, lake, stream, or sea. Our Lord gave the following instructions:

Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them. And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” And then shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water.

The Holy Ghost is the promised gift of the Father to those who have faith in His Son, repent and receive baptism. The Holy Ghost is a connection to God and will give you access to more light and truth through your heart and mind.

FELLOWSHIPS:

Believers are encouraged to freely gather together in fellowships to worship, partake of the Lord’s supper, and serve and strengthen one another. All are equal before God and everyone has value because of their unique gifts and abilities. Fellowships provide an environment for light and truth to be shared and experienced.

Tithes can be freely gathered individually or within each fellowship for the purpose of helping the poor among them. No one is to be paid for their participation in a fellowship. After the needs of the poor in the fellowship are met, excess funds can be donated to help with the temple.

ORDINANCES:

Gospel ordinances, including baptism and the Lord’s Supper, require priesthood authority in the man performing them. To receive and exercise authority within his family, a man must be ordained by another man who has authority, and ask for and receive power directly from God. If the man wishes to provide priesthood ordinances outside his own family, he must also be approved (sustained) by at least seven women in a fellowship. If he is married, his wife must be one of the seven women who approve. The women should sign a certificate proving the man’s sustained authorization to provide ordinances in fellowships.

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper consists of bread and wine and is offered to all who have been baptized. The bread should be broken into pieces by the man who is officiating, then all should kneel while the man says the following prayer, exactly as written:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The blessing on the wine, also given by the man who is officiating while all kneel, should then be given exactly as follows:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The officiator and all who are participating should then eat the bread and drink the wine.

Marriage is between one man and one woman only, to reflect the image of God. Marriage is a required sacrament for the exaltation of both the man and woman. Marriages that are sealed by the Lord’s oath in a sacred place, will endure beyond death and into the Father’s Kingdom.

Those who are married according to their local laws, traditions or customs, should seek to have their marriage sealed by the Lord’s word. To prepare for this event, women and men should seek to emulate the Savior’s teachings in their marriage and their treatment of each other.


Conclusion: What I have written above is a fundamentally simple statement, upon which all who claim to be followers of Christ (anciently called followers of “The Way”) can come to mutual agreement and find unity, without constricting individual worth and expression through over regulation. As all truth is circumscribed into one great whole, this statement reflects the importance of accumulating all truth, to allow the truth to shape us, rather than reshaping the truth to fit our limitations, foolish understandings, and our desire to control one another. By this standard, salvation requires nothing less than all truth, including the mysteries of God, in full. This statement is my declaration of how I choose to live my life, and by what standard I expect to be judged. Any who can live this way, I believe, ought to be considered in every way a Certified Mormon! 

Peace Polling (920 Words)

The Governing Principles project has become nothing less than Peace Polling. Traditions of unbelief are diehard traditions. The only way to negotiate through it all is by using the words of Christ as a compass.

To sum up the Governing Principles project from our experience, …it is a total disaster! The Lord has offered a covenant, but requires from us a statement of principles, representing our unity. You’d think that with all of us who have been cast-out of church, excommunicated, and cut-off, because we have studied the doctrine extremely close, to dedicate ourselves to living by it, …that we could write a document representing our unity. We have so much in common, that it should be a light thing, given our commonality of experience. However, among those in this movement, despite what he has repeatedly stated, people have substituted “following the prophet,” to become followers of Denver Snuffer. A certain  man now claims divine authorization to write the document of our unity on our behalf. As his justification, he claims being assigned by “Denver the Divine,” supported by a small committee of men, and justified by the vote of a people. Three attempts were made to write it, two failed, and the third was nothing less than “Peace Polling.”

By Peace Polling, I mean, a threat loomed overhead, as the Lord has reproved us for our failure to do a light thing twice. So the last meeting produced a 100% unanimity by those attending the meeting (I wasn’t there). People who voted to agree with the final document varied from:

  • …those who genuinely “agreed,”
  • …to those who “somewhat” agreed but not quite,
  • …to those who “totally disagreed,” but feared the possible loss of a covenant (knowing that the guy with the “assignment” wouldn’t budge unless his document won) so they voted to accept it any way.

Since the Lord expressed expectation of a vote of “mutual agreement,” they think that by voting for a “common document,” it now represents “mutual agreement,” ..checking-off that box. Those who didn’t quite agree were tricked into agreeing under the flag of “PEACE.” Thus, the vote wasn’t a depiction of the people, …but a Peace Polling. LDS sustaining of men into office, without the ability to voice a legitimate objection, is something carried over, making Peace Polling a diehard tradition of unbelief. Peace Polling discourages the unique value of individuality, supporting group-think only, …like a herd of cows.

Among this movement, and among your congregations of the LDS church, our only tool of discernment to help us negotiate through all the false traditions, is our knowledge of the words of Christ, …in word, …in deed, and by His …direct voice to you. Without a personal relationship, your confidence will never wax strong in His presence, and those without confidence will be unable to stand on a foundation of truth in the storm. Instead they will sway back and forth with the wind, having no strength to endure it. Alma calls it our Liahona, and he instructs us to use it as Nephi did to cross the ocean to the promised land. Alma promises it will lead you beyond this veil of sorrow, into a far better land of promise. Alma would know, he was born and raised in the Americas, and he ascended to a far better land of promise, …beyond the veil.

Alma 37:45

“45. And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director [Liahona] did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ [word/deed/voice], if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise [Ascension through the veil].”

The Lord desires that we be hot or cold. The lukewarm are spit out. While I respect those who have totally supported the document, and those who have stood against it (myself included), ..I consider them either hot or cold. Those who have voted to accept it, when they weren’t in total agreement, have done all a disservice, being lukewarm. They haven’t acted according to what they claim to believe, justifying their actions as an act of “keeping the peace.” My Ohana, I would prefer you be hot or cold, rather than Peace Polling, and negotiating without certainty, without a Liahona, unable to cross the veil of sadness into a better land of promise.

Conclusion: Consider your knowledge of the Book of Mormon, and repent by studying it more seriously. Accumulation of worldly wealth comes at a sacrifice of relationships, even the relationship with God. Since knowing God, now and in this life, is defined as eternal life, …your time investment in studying to know God will pay-off in grandest dividends, and offers a better land of promise. When you come to know God personally, you will find it easy to stand against the storm generated by the opinions of men, because your knowledge will no longer be a matter of opinion.

Peace Polling depends upon the opinions of men. Vote campaigns depend on Peace Polling to track their success of controlling men’s opinions. The endowment penalties were removed by Peace Polling. Church public relationship and general conference speeches are done as a result of Peace PollingPeace Polling is evidence of a weak relationship with Christ. We all should know that “exercising faith in the words of Christ” now, would be no easier for us than it was for all others in previous dispensations.

Know God and stand strong!