There have been some really good articles written lately. One is about the Alma 39 and the sin second only to Murder. You can read it on Tim Malones site http://latterdaycommentary.com/2015/07/28/most-abominable-above-all-sins/
It has some commonality with the article that Michael Ash wrote for Sunstone years ago but also has some significant variations https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/143-34-43.pdf
Another article that is a very well thought out and documented by an attorney who is apparently a member of the church, develops the historicity of how the determination of “official doctrine” has been altered. It is found on rational faiths http://rationalfaiths.com/is-the-lds-church-in-apostasy/
Related to that topic, although my friends over the Mormon Interpretor often block my comments, every once in a while they surprise me and let some through. This one relates to the topic addressed in the above rational faiths article.
(I have noticed however that when they allow a comment, they usually go back after a few months and delete it.. they have done that several times… LOL)
Lastly, for those who suffer from addition or have friends that suffer from addition, this is a must read
Do you have a chemical Imbalance? Only if you are taking pharmicudical drugs
I was really impressed with this guy
The Voice of Warning and Warning Voices
The the final authoritative voice of warning will go forth when God’s servants return to His vineyard.
That warning voice would be going forth right now if the true church of God was on the earth.
Even the apostate church would be sounding the voice of warning right now if their “prophets” had any inspiration and would grow some goners. It baffles me that we need to rely on scientists, rock stars, and protestant prophecy scholars for what little warning we are getting right now.
Marital Gender Role Issues
If you are having gender role issues in your marriage you might enjoy listening to this interview with one of my favorite philosophers- Russell Means (and his soul-mate)
I am really sad that Russell has passed away. Below is a great video he did where he informs us that Americans are the new Indian.
The time line graphic that I am using for the youtube series has been corrected and I have sent it to those who requested it. If you requested it and did not get it or would like to request it, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 3rd Watch Marvelous Work
I have recently come upon an amazing website by a guy that also believes in the doctrine of the three watches. He has done an incredible amount of research and he postulates when the various events of the third watch will take place. To me that is an important aspect of the spirit of watching.
He does not profess to be a prophet and he acknowledges that his projections are conjecture and speculation. In my opinion, pondering these things is an important part of the spirit of watching.
The Prophet Worship link to Breaking the Law
Many of the great Old Testament Prophets looked forward to the amazing events that took place in Kirtland Ohio and Nauvoo Illinois and the LDS restoration movement.
They were aghast at what they saw.
Some of the Old Testament events and prophecies relating to the casting away of the law of God are typological to the LDS restoration movement while others are prophetically referring directly to it.
A reoccurring prophetic theme that they all spoke about was that God’s people would break the LAW of GOD.
In my opinion, Isaiah 5 is a literal prophetic exposé on the events that would take place in Kirtland Ohio. When shone these events, Isaiah exclaims ” they have cast away the LAW of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” He observes that “… the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them..” but provides that message of hope: “For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”
Praise God that he still labors with us after we have rejected his law!
In chapter 24 Isaiah explains why the curse will devour the earth
“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the LAWS, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”
We know that the curse was delayed because of the return of Elijah with the priesthood in 1829 and the keys of an ancient dispensation delivered by Father Abraham in 1836 which made possible an intercessory offering by a latter day High Priest. One of the responsibilities of the Old Testament high priests was to annually enter into the holy of holies and offer up an offering in behalf of the sins of Israel. This annual offering was typological of the great last offering of Christ, but it was also typological of the intercessory offering of a Davidic Servant living in the last days that would offer an intercession like Moses did anciently.
The intercessory offering that Joseph Smith and his associates made delayed the curse that is now beginning to go forth again in the earth four generations later.
In Chapter 30 of Isaiah, it is commanded that prophetic notes be written in a book about and for the benefit of future generations.
“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the LAW of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”
Isaiah 42 prophesies about the return of the Lords servant of the final dispensation, Joseph Smith.
“I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.”
Realizing that Joseph’s ministry would be a two part ministry and that the first part would appear as a failure with regard to firmly establishing the law and gathering Israel the Lord proclaims that Joseph’s work will not be finished until he has completed his assignment and set judgment in the earth:
” He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his LAW.”
The reason Joseph needs to return with the LAW is because we have rejected it.
The Lord reminds us that the Davidic servant who made an intercessory covenant with the Lord in behalf of apostate Israel was called in righteousness and was given as a covenant and that in the darkest time of the storm he will triumphantly come forth and open the eyes of the blind and bring out the prisoners from the prison:
“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”
verse 19 in the King James says ” Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant?”
It is corrected in the JST
” For I will send my servant unto you who are blind; yea, a messenger to open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf”
Who are the blind and deaf?
That would be us.
It is the latter day saints who have rejected the LAW
It is the latter day Saints who became famous for living celestial polygamy after the Lord had the saints flee to the Ohio so that they could escape from the enemy who was combined, by recieving the LAW of God.
What was the LAW that was given that would protect the saints from the enemy?
Was it the celestrial law of polygamy?
Of course the law that was given to the Latter day Saints is clearly documented and canonized in Section 42 for all the world to see. The law of God that was given contains the law of consecration and the law of marital marital monogamy.
Of course the latter day saints eventually rejected the law of Monogomy but Isaiah informs us that when Joseph returns ” he will magnify the LAW, and make it honourable.” once again.
You see, the current corporate church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is a polygamous church RIGHT NOW. They have never repented of their polygamist past. They continue to have section 132 sustained in their canon of scripture and they continue to seal multiple wives to men for eternity. The Church has not and will not admit that they are still a polygamist cult and that they have departed from the LAW of God.
Jeremiah asks the question, were God’s people ashamed of themselves when they committed the abomination of polygamy?
“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my LAW, but rejected it.
The amazing thing about what has happened to the latter day saints as they rejected the law of God that was given to them is that they were only doing what ancient Israel had done in the past. Reading about ancient Israel’s rejection of the law is like reading about the events that took place in Nauvoo.
Notice the following passage in Ezekiel:
“And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.”
Those are literal narratives that actually took place in Nauvoo!
Willard Richards nailed down the windows, and fired off his revolver in the street after dark, and commenced living with Mrs. Nancy Marinda Hyde, in the rooms we had vacated in the printing office building, where they lived through the winter. The Return 2 (October 1890): 346–47
A few passages later we are informed that it was the violation of the law by the priests that was associated with the fall of God’s people:
“Her priests have violated my LAW, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them…”
“The priests are involved in the shedding of blood and of dishonest gain:”
“Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.”
Ezekiel associates all of this with the use untempered morter:
“And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”
It is probably just a coincidence that the foundation and walls of the Salt Lake Temple had to be rebuild after being laid because of the use of untempered mortar.
Hosea looked upon the great controversy that would take place during the Latter day restoration movement beginning in Kirtland and ending during the dark days of Nauvoo. He notes the “swearing” that took place in secret danite and masonic oaths and the secret lying and murders and committing of adultery that ensued:
“HEAR the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood”.
He attibutes the destruction of the saints to the fact that they rejected knowledge by rejecting the law that had been given
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the LAW of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.”
The keyword “reject” in the above prophecy is significant. Hosea informs us that God’s people rejected knowledge therefore God rejected them. The narrative in Kirtland is that the saints REJECTED the fulness of the Gospel and because they did not reform and repent after being given the chance, the Lord REJECTED the latter day saints as a Church with their dead.
Moving forward to chapter 8 the prophetic historian Hosea who was telling about things in the past that were typological of the future, notes that the latter day saints have transgressed the covenant and the law and because they cast off the thing that was good the enemy will chase them away from Nauvoo just as he chased them out of Kirtland, Jackson and Far West.
“SET the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.
They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.”
A few passages later we are told why all of this happened to the children of Ephraim:
“I have written to him the great things of my LAW, but they were counted as a strange thing.”
If you read the writings of Brigham Young and the Pratts and others of the Utah apostles defending the practice of polygamy and mocking the silliness and folly of monogamy, during the administration of Brigham Young you will have an increased appreciation for the above declaration. The Utah saints really did consider the law of monogamy to be a strange thing.
Amos documents the same problem among God’s people. They despised the law:
“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the LAW of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked”
Zephaniah has a few choice things to say about the treacherous priests that have done violence to the law
“WOE to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.”
Malachi notes that Joseph Smith was given the covenant of life and peace in the first part of his ministry as he administered the true law of God and brought forth section 42
“My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
The LAW of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.”
Sadly the happy narrative takes a dark turn and provides a message of doom as the the true latter day servant departs out of the way and causes the Lords people to stumble
“But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.”
How many people were caused to stumble at the law when a new secret celestial marital law was introduced?
To be partical in the law is to pick and choose which parts of the law you want to live.
After being given the law in section 42, the saints were unable to continue living consecration. It was just too hard. The Lord warned that he would withdraw his spirit from the saints if they departed from his law. Once the spirit begins to be withdrawn from a people, a veil of darkness descends and they are turned over to Satan and to seducing spirits. They are no longer able to discern “sound doctrine”.
Paul saw the latter day saints and prophesied that they would not be able to endure “sound doctrine”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Because the latter day saints rejected the law, their religion is now built upon fables.
It only makes sense that after the saints broke the law of consecration, they eventually began practicing the depraved and damning law of polygamy.
The latter day narrative shows us that there is a direct link between prophet worship and breaking the law of the gospel.
When God decides to deliver his people over to Satan he sometimes uses His prophet to do it.
God’s idolatrous apostate people usually turn to prophet worship once they loose the light. This is what enables people to rationalize breaking the true law that God has established.
It is doubtful that many of the saints in Nauvoo would have begun departing from the celestial marital law of monogamy on their own. They needed the sanction of their prophet to make the rationalization.
They did not think to weigh the words of the prophet against the law of God because to them, whatever the current prophet says is the law of God.
But what is the process by which God has his prophet turn the people over the God?
I would suggest that Ezekiel 14 provides the narrative by which the Saints are turned over to God through the Lords prophet.
In that chapter we are informed that the process begins by the elders of Israel coming before the Lord’s prophet with idolatrous hearts. They ask a question that they should not be asking. They ask a question based on their impure hearts.
In this situation the Lord commands his prophet to give an answer based on the impure question.
This is how the Lord delivers His idolatrous people over to Satan.
Section 132 is really quite remarkable because it begins by asking an improper and idolatrous question.
It asks a question that had already been answered in the Book of Mormon
The revelation begins:
VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines—Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter.
It is highly unlikely that Joseph Smith was asking that question on his own behalf because the Lord had already revealed through him that David and Solomon were NOT Justified in their practice of polygamy as the above question claims.
“But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.
Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.”
It is therefore not unreasonable to assume that the petition upon which the revelation in section 132 was given was being asked by one of the elders of Israel other than Joseph Smith. Joseph was simply asking the question in behalf of that elder.
Joseph may have been winking at the Lord while doing so, realizing the question was inappropriate, or he may have been prepared by the angel with the sword to depart from the LAW of God.
The question is, what would cause one of the elders of Israel to ask Joseph to petition the Lord based on a question that had already been answer in the Book of Mormon.
It would appear as if the petitioning elder either had not read the Book of Mormon or they were taking it lightly.
Brigham Young, in my opinion, is a possible example of someone that did not read the Book of Mormon and who seemed to take the Book of Mormon very lighly. After reading virtually every sermon by him that is available, I was struck by the fact that he rarely made reference to it and virtually never gave sermons using it.
Of course I am not saying that Brigham Young is the person that asked Joseph Smith to petition the Lord with the question upon which section 132 was based.
But what would motivate someone to approach Joseph Smith with the question in the first place?
It is interesting to note that Brigham Young claimed to have had a personal revelation on polygamy before Joseph did:
“While we were in England, (in 1839 and 40), I think the Lord manifested to me by vision and his Spirit things [concerning polygamy] that I did not then understand. I never opened my mouth to any one concerning them, until I returned to Nauvoo; Joseph had never mentioned this; there had never been a thought of it in the Church that I ever knew anything about at that time, but I had this for myself, and I kept it to myself. And when I returned home, and Joseph revealed those things to me, then I understood the reflections that were upon my mind while in England. But this (communication with Joseph on the subject) was not until after I had told him what I understood—this was in 1841. The revelation [Section 132 in the Utah Doctrine and Covenants] was given in 1843, but the doctrine was revealed before this.; (The Messenger of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1 [June 1875]: 29; Deseret News, July 1, 1874)
Notice that Brigham Young says that Joseph did not reveal the revelation on polygamy to Brigham Young and the church until AFTER Brigham Young told Joseph that the doctrine of polygamy had already been revealed to himself (Brigham Young).
Again, I am not claiming that Brigham Young is the culprit that asked Joseph to ask the idolatrous question upon which section 132 was predicated. It could have been anyone of the apostles or anyone else in the church.
I am simply speculating on how this process took place in which the revelation from hell was produced. In doing so, I am showing that there were leaders of the church that appear to have taken the Book of Mormon lightly and that had claimed personal revelation regarding polygamy BEFORE Joseph produced a revelation on it.
Nevertheless, it is the principle of prophet worship that empowers the larger body of saints to depart from the law of God
We need to beware of those that put Joseph Smith on the pedestal of infallibility and claim that he was not capable of ever teaching or doing anything seriously contrary to the law of God.
There is a popular author and blogger that keeps reminding people that Joseph Smith was God’s anointed servant and the he was always being falsely blamed for doing things he should not have done. He always seems to be harping on the “false claims against Joseph Smith”.
It is because of this mentality and the principle of prophet worship that people get sucked into the spiritual wife- celestial wife doctrine.
Virtually every fundamentalist fringe group that breaks away from the church practices polygamy because they worship Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as being infallible and therefore they accept section 132 as a true revelation that trumps the LAW of God given in Section 42. . This is how they justify departing from the LAW that God has given us in Section 42 in favor of a revelation from hell.