Sunday, April 6, 2014

That ye may not be deceived

It was a wonderful weekend watching General Conference.  As I had mentioned earlier, the Ordain Women protesters tried to get some traction in the media.  As expected, they were denied access to the Priesthood Session and they sat it out, watching it on their cell phones, iPods, or other mobile devices.

Kristi Boyce, one of the protesters, told a reporter "I love my prophet and I feel like this is a way to show devotion to a church I owe so much to."

"Ex-squeeze me!" as they say on Wayne's World.  What kind of fragmented thinking is this?  She loves the prophet--the president of the Church, the man she sustains as a prophet, seer, and revelator--yet she opposes the fundamental concept of his prophetic authority?  She admits that she owes much to the Church an wants to show devotion to it by undermining the revelatory priesthood keys, the Rock upon which the Church is built?  Are you kidding me?  These women are deceiving themselves with these kinds of rationalizations.  Here's what Jesus himself told the founding prophet who received the revelations and angelic ministrations that restored the lost priesthood to the earth:
14 And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations—
15 Wherefore he that prayeth, whose spirit is contrite, the same is accepted of me if he obey mine ordinances.
16 He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth, the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances.
Jesus provides us patterns for the purpose of comparison.  If something doesn't fit the pattern, it is an easy way to perceive the error in it.  We don't have to spend a lot of time debating it.  The adversary works in trickery.  Jesus gives us straight-up patterns that are easy to discern.  Those patterns are in the scriptures.  It's why he tells us repeatedly to search the scriptures.  We'll know the patterns of what he has done in the past and we can see how the present fits into it.

One of the patterns the Lord has shown us is how to discern false teachers who would lead the men and women of the Church astray.  True servants of God will be prayerful.  They will have a humble, contrite spirit, not a haughty, pretentious one.  His or her speech will be meek and edifying, not grating and derisive.  Even if a leader or teacher has those two qualities, there is one last, supremely important one that is qualified with an "if" statement.  If a person has all these qualities AND he or she obeys the ordinances of the gospel, that fits the pattern.

Priesthood ordination is one of the gospel's ordinances.  Anyone who advocates ordaining women is not of God because they are out of harmony with the revelations.  Case closed.

It all comes down to whether you believe the priesthood was restored and that the living prophet holds the keys and powers that were conferred upon Joseph Smith by Peter, James, and John.  This is the dividing line between what is Mormon and what is not.  If you go through the temple recommend interview questions, for example, most Christians would answer the first couple questions the way we do.  They believe in God the Eternal Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.  They believe in the atonement of Christ and his role as Savior and Redeemer.

The third and fourth questions have to do with the Restoration and the authority of the modern prophets and apostles who direct the Church today.  These questions would divide the "sheep from the goats" to use a biblical analogy.  They separate the true followers of Christ from the pretenders.  The priesthood keys are what divide the kingdom of God from the telestial world on its borders.  Inside those borders is peace, harmony, order, and clarity.  Outside those borders is schism, confusion, division, and disorder.  The saints of God are one people.  The pretenders are a quarreling family of shepherd-less sheep.  Satan would reduce the saints to such a state of confusion if he could.  Safety and peace are on one side of the line; danger and contention on the other.

The confusion in the mind of these unfortunate sisters is indicative of which sign of the line they're on.  Do the leaders of the Church speak for God or are they just ordinary men who represent traditional patriarchy?  The answer you give to that question depends of whether you understand the true nature of priesthood authority and whether these men possess the keys they claim to hold.


1 comment:

  1. Greg. You need a copy editor....

    Good article, BTW.


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