In previous posts I have suggested that virtually every single major doctrine of the restored gospel has been perverted during the last four generations.
I truly believe this.
In 2nd Nephi 28: 29-32 the Lord explains that he teaches his people line upon line, precept upon precept and that he that receiveth, will be given more.
He then goes on to give a mystical warning”:
“from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
I refer to this ominous warning as being mystical because at face value, it may seem illogical to some that somebody can learn something and then have that knowledge un-learned… or somehow mystically taken way from them so that they un-know it.
How can you unlearn something?
Apparently it happens.
God can cover our eyes and make us look silly when we depart from his commandments.
The saints were taught that monogamy is God’s celestial law and that living it was required according to the law of Zion in section 42 and yet within less than a decade, a secret doctrine infiltrated the church and somehow, polygamy became the celestrial law of marriage within the church for many decades.
Eventually the practice was discontinued because of pressure from the government and now, many years later, the official church website is proclaiming that monogamy has always been the standard of marriage. This is apparently the case despite a few short temporary exceptions to the rule caused by things that are not well understood.
It is amazing how God can take knowledge from people after they have received the truth.
even today, there are lots of people in and out of the modern church that continue to accept polygamy and the spiritual wife doctrine as God’s law.
Once a person reads and believes section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants it is as if section 42 and section 49 of the Doctrine and Covenants don’t exist, or they just don’t matter, or, that God made mistakes in those section and needed to correct himself, or, he was just kidding his people…. or, whatever.
In the New Testament it was taught that an Apostle had to be an eye witness of Jesus Christ.
Paul made it clear that he had to see Christ, even in vision, after the crucifixion in order to qualify as an apostle, so that he could testify of Christ in his apostolic calling.
This principle was reiterated to the newly chosen quorum of the Twelve in 1835 by Oliver Cowdery who admonished the Twelve to seek the face of God and warned them that their calling as apostles would not be complete until they had become eye witnesses of Christ’s resurrection.
Nevertheless, eventually, after being badgered long enough about whether they had seen Christ or not, leaders within the modern Church have declared it was no longer necessary for an apostle to be an eye witness of Christ.
It is now adequate for them to feel the promptings of the spirit that Jesus is the Christ.
The list goes on and on of how we Latter day Sainbts have unlearned that which we had previously learned.
I once began compiling a listing of all of the major doctrines that have been corrupted in the modern apostate church and was going to do a series of posts on it but got side tracked on other issues and ultimately lost interest.
Another interesting one is the proper pattern for being baptized in the church as explained in section 20, that requires the candidate to publicly “witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins” BEFORE they are dunked.
When was the last time you attended an LDS baptism of a convert that first stood up before the congregation and made the required public declaration prior to being baptized? (D&C 20:37)
The list goes on and on and I am not going to share an exhaustive list of false doctrines in this post.
Nevertheless, there is something that has been on my mind lately that really irritates me. It has to do with the teaching in the modern church that the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” means to have the “constant companionship of the Holy Ghost”.
I recall countless baptismal talks, sadly, many of which I was guilty of giving, in which it was taught that those who were given the gift of the Holy Ghost would now have the “constant companionship of the Holy Ghost” as long as they were worthy.
Have you ever wondered where that teaching comes from?
Have you ever done a keyword search on that topic to be edified by all of the scriptures that teach that the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” is the ability to enjoy the “constant companionship of the Holy Ghost”?
After all, that is one of the trademarks of Mormonism, that we members of the only true church are the only ones that have the power and authority to bestow the Gift of the Holy Ghost which is the wonderful ability for a person to have the Holy Ghost constantly present within them.
I challenge you to do a little research project. Document this teaching, then show me one verse in the scriptures that indicates that the definition of the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” is to have the “constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.”