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On the Second Comforter

In the last few days I've received a lot of correspondence about the Second Comforter.

Here's the myth:
Those from an LDS background believe some mixture of:
-If they see Jesus, they are assured of eternal life.
-If they are promised eternal life by someone, or imagine that they are, they will in fact receive it.

Here are the facts:
Joseph Smith used the phrase "Second Comforter" thusly:

After a person hath faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands,) which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted, etc. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure, then it will be his privilege t…

Jesus is real

Today most of the Christian world commemorates the birth of Christ.

Jesus Christ was a real person. The Lord lived, died, and was resurrected. His one and only desire is that you encounter all the joy and happiness he offers to you through what he did, does, and will do.

Jesus is alive. I have seen him many times. I have seen the marks in his hands. I have felt the love he emanates. He has spoken to me and he has touched me. In vision, I have seen his scourging, and have seen him hanging on the cross.

You won't find the Lord in the traditions of men or in churches. None of them teach what you need to find him, and all of them teach things that will permanently prevent you from coming to him.

You will find him by finding his word and actually doing what it says.

If you would like a guided tour of the scriptures regarding this journey, I suggest reading "Seek Ye This Jesus."

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Physical health and spiritual health

We live in an age of unprecedented wealth, at least in first world countries. We have (by far) more opportunity, more money, more time, and more information than any previous generation.

Are we wiser? Are we happier? Are we more helpful? Are we kinder? Are we more obedient to God?

We are none of these things. We are more foolish, more wicked, more selfish, and more covetous than any other generation in the history of this planet.

Human nature is evil continually. When you give a typical person more resources, all you do is magnify their ability to manifest the evil in their heart.

People are far more integral and consistent than some give them credit for. Our character is like a barrel of apples. You can have 99 good apples in a barrel, but if you put one rotten one in, it will contaminate and rot the rest of them. When someone is rotten in one part of their character, given enough time, it will tend to rot out the rest of their character.

Today I want to talk a little about how physi…

Understanding not the things which are prepared for them

The other day this scripture stuck out to me:

"Otherwise Satan seeketh to turn their hearts away from the truth, that they become blinded and understand not the things which are prepared for them." (D&C 78:10)

How often I have noticed this tactic of the devil. He blinds them to what they could be experiencing, convincing them that what they currently possess is all there is to have.

Consider blessings you are promised. If you aren't receiving them, question your means. There are only two possibilities: You are either not doing what God said to do, or God is a liar (or the scriptures are wrong, etc.).

What are some blessings that you might not even know are out there?

If you read JST Genesis 14 you will see a host of blessings that Melchizedek received. Among them are:
fear of Godthe power to protect himself from dangerous creaturesthe power to put out firebeing ordained by God himself, in person These blessings are available as part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Have…

Love your spouse unconditionally

For a long time now and at times at great personal cost, my behavior towards my wife has been perfectly reconciled to my best and most sincere understanding of God's character. This changed yesterday at approximately 4:15pm, when the Lord suddenly opened the eyes of my understanding and tied together filaments of things that he has been teaching me over the last month or so that I presumed were unrelated.

Men and women have the same needs: to feel loved, respected, valued, and heard. However, when it comes to the acts of the spouse in generating these feelings, there are major differences between the sexes and (typically more subtle) specific differences between individuals within the sexes.

For example, if a woman does not feel physically safe with a man, she will not feel loved by him, while the opposite question has no impact whatsoever on a man's feeling loved by the woman. As another example, a man will not feel loved by his wife if she is not sexually aroused by him, but…

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench

There are many scriptures that refer to the end times servant, who is referred to by various titles and names.

It seems that anyone who refers to these verses is trying to make a claim that they are that person. Since there can only be one who is right, either all but one of those making this claim are wrong, or all of them are wrong.

Some people think that studying these verses will help them identify this person. In reality, the only one who will understand these passages to the extent needed to do that will be the person himself. There is knowledge available from God that can only be understood by those who walk through it. This is true, for example, of hell:

44 Wherefore, he saves all except them—they shall go away into everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment—
45 And the end thereof, neither the place thereof…

How will you respond when the light shows the darkness that remains in you?

Every time light is dispensed, it reveals darkness. Every time.
When you turn a light on in a dark room, you see things you didn't see before. The light does not make things good or bad. Rather, it reveals details that were not previously known, and these details reveal what is good and what is bad.
People read John 3 and say "oh that's not me!": 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they …

Dimming the light

Turning from what they know We are accountable for acting in complete alignment with our most sincere idea of God's character as applied to our lives. Jesus atoned for the sins you do not know of, and while he provides the ability for you to be forgiven for every sin you forsake, he will not save you while you willfully rebel against him.
Dwindle in unbelief You dwindle in unbelief when you reject something the Lord tells you. Rejecting just one thing the Lord tells you brings you out of alignment with God until or unless you repent. Furthermore, it makes it more likely for you to do something worse, because you are dimming the light inside you making it harder for you to see the right course of action in any given situation. Thus, turning away tends to be cyclical and not a once off.
King David provides an unfortunate example of what happens when we turn from what we know. Upon learning she was married, David should have left Bathsheba alone. But he didn't. He turned away fr…

God will visit his pure daughters

This morning I was crying to the Lord on behalf of women who are pure in heart who have been abused and cast aside. I laid out the case of these women: that they truly are treasures, having unconditional love, being the rarest treasure on this earth; capable of bringing unspeakable joy to men who love God and have discernment of good; worthy of every good thing in this life and in the next, but instead finding themselves in the worst of situations because of the evil men they married.
The Lord pointed out that some of these women knew better than to marry the men they did, and they have to reap what they sow. I said "yes, but there are those who did not know, who either were lied to or weren't adequately guided by their elders who should have known better. And some were equally yoked when they married, but either their husbands have degraded or the wives have advanced, and are now being persecuted by their husband, who should love them the most." I named some examples. …

Love overflowing

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5)

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how c…

Scripture study: 1 Peter 1

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory …

Scripture study: 2 John 1

1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

2 For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we rece…

The (free) audiobook of "The Glory of God is Intelligence" is out

1. The audiobook is available. There is a link in the right sidebar of the blog to where you can download the files.

2. The preparation of the audiobook resulted in a few edits to the text. Most of these were grammatical. I'm not aware of significant content changes off the top of my head. Still, I've updated the print, pdf, and kindle versions of the book.

Enjoy!

Note 1: Please join me in offering prayers of thanks to Cindy, who spent an ENORMOUS amount of time carefully voicing, recording, editing, and re-recording this audiobook, in addition to all the professional equipment she used to do so. She did this without accepting a cent, and in doing so has  provided a huge service for all of us.

Note 2: This book is easily one of the most important ever written, and certainly the most important to be written in a long time. If you haven't read it, you are insisting on walking through life blind when a light has been provided to guide your way. I am not saying this to pat mys…

Music has a strange power to articulate deep emotional knowledge

Almost without exception, I prefer to avoid "worship music." This is because, like religious art, I find that most media is devoid of the depth of emotional connection I feel in my spirit life. In other words, when I see a picture of the Lord or listen to a "Christian song", it fails to get deep enough to resonate with the level of emotions I feel. To me, it almost feels like mockery.

I profoundly enjoy music, though. One reason for this is that I find music that is worshipful to me in unlikely places. What do I mean by "to me"? I mean when I listen to it, it connects to segments of those very deep emotional pangs that exist in me, but that normally evade articulation and for which I find almost no connection in "real life." I know from experience that the things I think and feel are very different from those around me. That's ok. It is how it is meant to be. But it does make me feel either like the only crazy person on this earth, or the on…

To live with God, you must actually repent of your sins

I saw a post on social media the other day that deeply disturbed me.

It said something like "Jesus forgives and saves everyone."

It is astonishing to me that anyone who proclaims to believe in Jesus would believe this statement, which is completely opposite to everything he taught.

John the Apostle, perhaps the person in the Bible who knew him best, said:

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1)

If you believe in Jesus, you will act, think, and desire as he did and does. If you do not act, think, and desire as he did and does, you do not believe in him.

If and only if you become the person he teaches you to be, he will save you…

I implore you to stop taking your kids to church

I am taking a break from book writing to write this brief post.

Of my associates who are believers, the vast majority know of doctrines their sect espouses that deviate from their own most sincere idea of God's will and nature.

Of these associates, very very few have made the decision to stop attending the meetings of that sect.

I have brought up the consequences of continued association with organized religions. For instance, I made this video. I am going to be even more direct here, though.

Why do you go to church?To worship? You can do that better at home.To socialize? You can do that better outside of church.To participate in ordinances? What reason do you have to believe that your church leaders have unique authority claims? Do you have a reason to believe that whatever they can do in church, you can't do at home?To pay tithing? Are you saying you can't find poor people to donate to directly?To be taught? Ah ha. Taught what?
The problem with church It is easy to act a…