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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Creeds of the Priests Will Damn You

Joseph Smith said:
Now men cannot have any possible grounds to say that this is figurative, or that it does
not mean what it says: for He is now explaining what He had previously spoken in parables;
and according to this language, the end of the world is the destruction of the wicked, the
harvest and the end of the world have no allusion directly to the human family in the last
days, instead of the earth, as many have imagined; and that which shall precede the coming
of the Son of Man, and the restitution of all things spoken of by the mouth of all the holy
prophets since the world began; and the angels are to have something to do in this great
work, for they are the reapers. As, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so
shall it be in the end of the world; that is, as the servants of God go forth warning the
nations, both priests and people, and as they harden their hearts and reject the light of truth,
these first being delivered over to the buffetings of Satan, and the law and the testimony
being closed up, as it was in the case of the Jews, they are left in darkness, and delivered
over unto the day of burning; thus being bound up by their creeds, and their bands being
made strong by their priests, are prepared for the fulfilment of the saying of the Savior --
"The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and gather out of His Kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire, there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth." We understand that the work of gathering together of the
wheat into barns, or garners, is to take place while the tares are being bound over, and
preparing for the day of burning; that after the day of burnings, the righteous shall shine
forth like the sun, in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
(TPJS)

According to Joseph Smith, then, at least one way that the wicked are bound in bundles from which they cannot be saved from the destruction to precede the Second Coming is through their entrenchment in creeds given by their priests.

This is no surprise to me, although I was previously unaware of this quote, because of the marked increase I have seen in dogmatism in non-scriptural topics. People are heaping up to them teachers which give precepts that satisfy their preconceived notions rather than that are informed by the Holy Ghost, which usually preaches things which we never before had supposed, and which consistently calls us to make uncomfortable changes.

When people sever themselves institutionally or individually from the voice of God, only folly can follow. They will be so entrenched with what must be true that they will cast out the voice of God and those who echo it from their midst. They will refuse to be saved, and will be destroyed when the judgments are poured out on the world, which is a day that will soon occur.

Joseph said: "'Try the spirits,' but what by? Are we to try them by the creeds of men? What
preposterous folly -- what sheer ignorance -- what madness! Try the motions and actions of
an eternal being (for I contend that all spirits are such) by a thing that was conceived in
ignorance, and brought forth in folly -- a cobweb of yesterday! Angels would hide their
faces, and devils would be ashamed and insulted..." (TPJS)

I am sadly dismayed when I hear folks say something like, "Oh, God would NEVER do/say that. That CAN'T be true." Joseph taught that all who put bounds on what God can say or do will forever be damned to not knowing him, for they do not allow him to reveal himself to them. They forever limit themselves to the foolishness and folly of the natural man.

Jesus taught, "Judge not according to your traditions, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:24, JST)

It is not the false traditions of our fallen flesh that will teach us the truth of all things, but the Holy Ghost (see Moroni 10:5).

Remember, "Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost." (2 Nephi 28:31)