Friday, September 6, 2019

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 as if there are no costs to attending the meetings of organized religions. But there is a cost.

Every organized religion is what it is because someone, at some point, decided to draw a box around God and say "anything outside of this is wrong, and everything inside of this is right." Otherwise, it would not be an organized religion. Organized religions are any faith institution whose doctrines are anything but "anything God has revealed, does reveal, or will reveal." Hint: this includes any named church, whether of the trademarked international varieties (ex. Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.) or one offs (ex. "First Bible Fellowship of the Whatevers").

What is the cost of organized religion? You get all the things they got right, but you also get all the things they got wrong. Because every single one of these institutions teaches that they are the exclusive arbiter of truth, and that everyone else is wrong, anyone who grows up in their box will associated the gospel of Jesus Christ exclusively with the faith claims of the organization. This is really bad, because every single one of them subscribes to doctrines that are limited in accuracy or just downright wrong. And you know this.

The good does not outweigh the bad

Many argue that in spite of the bad parts, the good parts are worth the cost. I have yet to find an argument in support of this position.

For instance, many say that without churches, who would preserve scripture? History suggests that individuals--not churches--have been responsible for the preservation of scripture. In fact, most of the time, it was organized religion that posed the greatest threat to their preservation--typically by persecuting the very men responsible for the preservation of scripture. In the modern context, it is absolutely absurd to claim that you need churches to obtain scripture--long available in the public domain free from copyrights of--you guessed it--organized religions.

The argument that the good is worth the bad is non-scriptural. This is exactly what Jesus was talking about when he said that you can't put new wine in old bottles:

21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.
22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
(Mark 2)

He was saying that you can't build a solid structure on the foundation of apostate organized religions. In his day, this referred to the Pharisees. In our day, it refers to every organized religion.

Protestant churches are just as incapable of leading one to salvation as the Catholic church: a dead tree cannot produce a living branch, no matter how pure the intentions of that branch. Not even Mormons, who claim the gospel was revealed anew through Joseph Smith, can claim they are free from apostasy, as their modern religion is almost completely different from what Joseph Smith preached.

How can you know that at least some of the doctrines taught by your church are false? Well, it's quite simple. Read the scriptures, and compare what you are taught in church to what they say. You have to be careful, because their indoctrination has constrained your ability to read literally more than you imagine (you will notice this once you stop going and the fog of tradition wears off). 

To help you even further, you can compare the works of those in the scriptures with those of your teachers. Jesus said:

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16)

Is there a case where any of your teachers in your organized religion demonstrate any of the fruits Jesus demonstrated during his mortal ministry? Are the sick healed, or merely prayed for? Are the blind made to see, or merely subjected to stale Sunday school lessons? Are the deaf made to hear, or merely vacuously present during hymns of praise?

What, exactly, are your teachers' credentials? Have they been redeemed by God, witnessed by the Lord coming to them in literal fashion? Have they heard the voice of the Lord? Have they been in his presence? Has he taught them things not revealed since the foundation of the world? Have they been taught things from the scriptures that no one else seems to know? If their credentials are merely selection by some man or group of people, or some college degree, perhaps you should reconsider setting them up as your teacher.

Do you have any idea what Jesus was talking about when he used the phrase "blind guides"? This would literally mean those who purport to lead people to a place they themselves have never been. According to Jesus, they do not both arrive at the destination. Instead, they both fall into a ditch.

If all you are getting from church attendance is some other person's opinions about what the scriptures mean, or worse, recitation of one or more traditions made up by some man or men as if it were God's word, what is stopping you from getting at least that much at home?

You will get leagues closer to heaven by using the time you would have spent at church crying to God that you are a sheep with no shepard and begging for guidance than you will spending another minute listening to blind guides. 

There is not a single organized religion that is worth attending. No, not one.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: (Isaiah 29:13)

But aren't Christians commanded to attend church?

Some cite scriptures which they say indicate that God expects them to attend the weekly meetings of an organized religion. In reality, there is no such scripture. Christians are commanded to meet with other Christians, yes. Nowhere does this say that you must regularly attend your local congregation of whatever named sect you have subscribed to. You can fulfill this commandment (and do so more fully) by studying the gospel together as a family on Sundays, inviting and/or accepting the invitation of others to meet as groups in homes, free to worship God according to the dictates of your conscience instead of having what you believe dictated to you by some arbitrary person who does not know God any more than you do.

You will be held accountable for taking your children to church.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

God will hold you accountable for the consequences of leaving your children in church. And there will be consequences. And there will be consequences.

Think for a moment of the spiritual disposition of kids who grows up in your church. Don't think of the kids 20 years ago. Think of the very last kid who turned into an adult, and the one before him or her, and the one before that. Of the three:

  • How many have the tools they need to build a successful family?
  • How many are making wise life decisions (spouse, career)?
  • How many have a testimony of the truth that is strong enough to withstand the challenges of today?
  • How many have a personal relationship with God that will carry them through tough times?
  • How many keep God's word at all times and in all places of their own volition?

If you are honest, you will have to admit that instead of building on what good might exist within the traditions of your sect, the children growing up in it:

  • Respond to the first adult challenge of their faith by becoming atheists.
  • Indulge in sexual and other sins as soon as they have the opportunity to do so.
  • (or) Drink so deeply of the traditions offered them by the sect that they cut you off as an apostate.
Remember, God will hold you accountable for every consequence in the lives of your children from your decision to keep them in church.

Oddly, many of my associates who keep taking their kids to church choose to home school their children precisely because they understand that it is neglectful for parents to do otherwise when they have the choice.

If you would not entrust the temporal education of your children to those whose views of right and wrong deviate from yours, why on earth would you do so with the spiritual education of your children? Why would you take great pains to avoid outsourcing the temporal education of your children to others while outsourcing the spiritual education of your children to others?

Perfect loves casts out all fear

There isn't a single person who can honestly say that every single thing their church believes is right. They WILL, however, make all sorts of excuses for how that is alright, including but not limited to: "yes, some people believe that, but the church doesn't actually teach that," or "yes, but that isn't vital to salvation," or "yes, but the good outweighs the bad." These are all lies, and you know that. The real reason you don't face these things head on is not because you sincerely think you are doing what God wants you to do, but because of fear.

Should you be scared of doing what God's still small voice is telling you is right? No. God has never ever given you a reason to hesitate in trusting him. Any doubt you have is a result of your belief that you know better than he does.

As someone who was publicly excommunicated from an organized religion for doing what is right, I know every reason you have to fear leaving your church. I've experienced it. I've risked my marriage, my reputation, my friends, my religious identity, and my years of service. And it was all worth it.

You can't have everything God wants to give you until you are willing to give everything you have to him.

Stop being a coward. Either believe in God and do what you know he wants or stop pretending you do.

Monday, August 26, 2019

A bittersweet experience

The role of servants of God is to obtain all the light and truth they can while persuading others to reconcile themselves to it. Joy comes to God’s servants as they see someone benefit from their toil. Sorrow comes to God’s servants as they see the avoidable suffering of those who would benefit from their toil if they would only believe.

Listening to the draft recordings of "The Glory of God is Intelligence" has been bittersweet. On the one hand, I rejoice that God has been so merciful and generous in giving the world these truths. On the other hand, I sorrow as specific situations of specific people scroll across my mind. A much more joyful life than they can imagine is possible and within their reach, but like those who were bitten by poisonous serpents in Moses' time but would not look to the brass serpent and be healed, they will not make use of the miracle.

I'm not sure that so much truth has ever been put into so concise a volume in so plain a way. All blessings come with curses, and I am worried about the consequences coming for people taking these things lightly.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Isaiah 11:4

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. (Isaiah 11:4)

What does it mean to judge the poor?
It means to help them the only way they can be helped: through teaching those with capacity for greater knowledge to escape the consequences of their ignorance and through alleviating the suffering of those who don't with alms. This requires "judging" them, or a) actually getting to know them, b) acquiring sufficient wisdom to comprehend the cause of each individual's situation, c) taking the required time to work with them as much as they are willing to be worked with. Of course, it also requires working hard and smart to have surplus to be able to afford the time, wisdom acquisition, and material resources to do so.

What does it mean to reprove with equity for the meek of the earth?
The meek are those who do not go about seeking what they deserve, preferring to trust in the justice of God by obeying his commandments. To "reprove with equity" is to challenge/upbraid/pull down the system in order to deliver to the meek what they have merited through their adherence to and obedience to God. This is done through the remaining phrase.

What does it mean to smith the earth with the rod of his mouth? What does it mean to slay the wicked with the breath of his lips?
The rod of his mouth and the breath of his lips refers to information. In what this person teaches, he reveals a greater awareness of reality. Exposure to a greater understanding of the fruits of evil, the possibility of righteous behavior, and ways of higher light and truth. It causes:

  1. Abject misery in the hearts of the wicked, because it robs them of the capacity to continue to lie to themselves about how they really are and how much it hurts them and others.
  2. Just remuneration in the hearts of the righteous, because they can begin living in unrestrained projection of their godly character and see the benefit of their toil in the lives of those they love.
  3. The widespread death of those who refuse to rise to greater levels of light and truth, as consequences of disobedience can no longer be diminished or delayed through mercy, so great is the plainness in which they are taught.


Updates

"Why aren't there more videos or blogposts?" I am currently writing four books. The topic of each book requires the format of a book because of the depth of the topic and the degree of misunderstanding of each. The books are what God is currently speaking to me about.

"How long will it take until the next book / why are you writing them at the same time?" I don't dictate how the Lord teaches me things and I'm doing all I can to maximize the pace. They are all in various stages, but I don't know which one will be finished first or when.

"What about the audio on 'Glory of God is Intelligence'?" It is still in progress. That was a long book, so it takes a massive amount of time to record/re-record. I really appreciate the person who does this! Anyway, I sure hope no one is waiting for the audio to check out that book.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Correspondence: Where should I go?

A reader writes:
"I have already learned the non-murderous people will need to seek refuge in the Rocky Mountains. Is that a common general direction the Lord is leading some people?"

My response:
First, I want to discourage anyone thinking that they should ask me where they should go. As I said very clearly in my last email, you need to seek God yourself. Go ask him. Put in the work. If you aren't willing to develop a relationship with God, it really doesn't matter where you are when things fall apart.

That being said, the Lord is and will lead people to different places.

There will be PLENTY of "murderous people" in the Rocky Mountains. [By the way--it is worth saying that you really don't know a person until you see how they act in the face of extreme duress. Don't fool yourself into thinking normal people can't do atrocious things. History is full of examples.] There will be plenty of righteous people in other places. I know of a man who God told to stay in a populated place on the east coast. He was shown the protection God would offer to him specifically as everything around him is destroyed. He will be safer in an unsafe place than those who decide without God to move to some place that seems like it will be safe. But this isn't about being safe (see below).

There is no central gathering place. There can't be. If you want to know how that goes, go read what happened when Joseph Smith tried to gather people for some proto-zion. That will happen EVERY time ANYONE tries to do that. That is not the way it is done. It's extremely sad that there are many who think that they will be able to make it work when Joseph and company could not, in spite of their being demonstrably less faithful than they were. I wonder what they imagine their secret ingredient to be. You may be asking yourself, "then why did God command them to gather?" Everything God commands is designed to lead his children to greater happiness, but don't be simple enough to think that the path is always directly to the outcome. There are many experiences designed by God to show you what you lack and must change before you are ready to have what you desire. The early saints desired Zion, but were not willing to pay the appointed price. Their failure was designed by the all knowing Almighty in order to show them what the true price was, and show them that they weren't willing to pay it. In all likelihood, neither are you. And the desolation will show you that. Incidentally, the book of Revelation very clearly states that the city of Enoch will not return until after the tribulation. Doesn't that imply that whatever Zion is, and however it comes to be, will not be complete until then? Those events are necessary. They are the training ground.

There can't be a central gathering place for the same reason that there isn't a single mansion in heaven where everyone goes. Everyone is different. The places the Lord leads people to aren't just places where they will be kept safe. In fact, most everyone will NOT be kept safe, even when they are led somewhere. What is coming will be so awful and complete that it will touch everyone. The fire singes even the green tree. There isn't a place where people will avoid the fire. That isn't the point. Imagine what it would be like to be able to truthfully say that you are so advanced in your faith that you couldn't learn anything from suffering the things that are coming. That would be a great place to be, wouldn't it. Can you say that? If not, why pretend that God is going to lead you to a place where you will be spared from the trials of the desolation? This does not mean that any and all suffering will help. The vast majority of suffering is not helpful.

The Lord knows precisely what each of us has to learn and where each of us have to be tested. If we submit to him and seek him to show us where to go, he will lead us into those places that have the experiences we need. That experience might include being completely backstabbed by those you are with, or losing your life or the life of someone you love, or slowly starving to death, or whatever the case may be. Those who are not willing to lose their life in obedience to God are not prepared, able, or worthy to receive it eternally.

The point is to develop full trust in God, no matter what happens and to go to the place God has specifically designed for you to have those experiences.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

You will be trapped.

This morning the Lord told me to tell the people that they will be trapped. He said the flaxen cords binding you to where you live will turn into steel chains if you delay action.

Some of you think:
1. Things are not that bad and you'll know when they get worse.

2. If and when things get worse, you'll move.

You are grossly overestimating your future mobility.

Freedom is a function of awareness of and adherence to God's knowledge. You have far less of this than you think. As God continues to break the seals on the scroll described in John's book of Revelation, the world will be exposed to more and more of the consequences of how we are in absence of the grace of God that has thus far sustained us.

What?

If things get as bad as I have been telling you they will get--which isn't even as bad as the scriptures say they will get--do you really think you will be able to use any of the conveniences currently at your disposal?

The way things will happen means that there will be a diversity of experiences for people in different place and situations. I can't give you one detailed picture that will describe everyone's future correctly.

Here are a few motifs to help you imagine it more accurately, in ascending difficulty:

You learn that your children, who are in public school, are being subjected to ideas that will negatively impact their ability to worship and obey God. You want to remove them from school and homeschool them, but there are laws in your area that prevent that. You would have to change jobs, sell your house, and move in order to do what the spirit is telling you to do. What do you do?

You city/state is raising income and/or property tax again. You plan on leaving, but you are very close to a promotion at work, and want to hold out for it before you start job hunting. Then you learn that they just passed a large tax on home sales to curb those fleeing the city/state. You just lost the equity in your house, and now you can't afford to move. What do you do?

There is a disease outbreak in your area. Your family is fine for now, but you don't want to stay because you know that you are a sitting duck. The hospitals are shutting down because they don't have the facilities for this type of disease and doctors and nurses are not showing up for work because of fear. You want to leave, but you can't because there are National Guard roadblocks along every road in and out of your city. The spirit tells you that if you stay, you will die. Leaving means walking away from everything you own with just whatever you can carry on your back while risking being shot if the National Guard catches you trying to get through their perimeter. What do you do?

There is a large earthquake in your area. Everything is damaged, many died, and many more are hurt. Your home is destroyed, and you didn't have earthquake insurance. You have no savings, no car, and your company is now out of business. What do you?

The lights go out and don't come back on. Cars, internet, and cell phones don't work. Within one day, the store shelves are empty. Cash purchases initially clear out most inventory, then mobbing people who realize their credit and EBT cards don't work clear out the rest. You think everything will return back to normal but roaming thugs quickly expand into the suburbs, where the water has stopped running and the sewer starts backing up. Within a week you are out of water, don't know where to get more, have no food, and are in danger in your own house. What do you?

There are many other scenarios to consider, too many to name.

What to do about it?

Here is the point: Are you in the place you want to be when the things that have been prophesied happen? If not, why not? Whatever your reason for staying, is it more significant that the damage you will incur if you stay?

In the past, I have asked people "if you were alive in Noah's day, and you knew rain was coming, would you build an ark, or would you wait until it started raining?" Invariably, people reply "but God has not told me to build an ark." Perhaps, but he has told those fulfilling the role of Noah, and you are ignoring God's word to you through them. Recall that Noah preached for a long time as he was building the ark, and not one soul believed him and came onto the ark.

This is not about survival, it is about living in a way where you know that your situation is God's will, no matter what happens (up to and including death).

This is about faith in God. Preparing for what is to come for us today is just as much a requirement of faith as baptism--you are showing your belief in God by reacting to what he has told you. If you don't believe these things will happen, you don't believe God. If you believe these things and don't do anything about them, you don't believe God. If you don't believe God, then it doesn't really matter if you live or die, anyway, because you are destined for hell here and/or there.

This is not about fear. Those who trust God have no fear. They do all things according to their understanding of God's will. They rely on God and accept what he sends with gratitude, no matter how it looks in the moment. They do not horde supplies if God doesn't tell them to. They don't set up bug out locations if God doesn't tell them to. No amount of temporal supplies or bug out locations or anything else you can imagine will save you from anything if it isn't what God told you to do.

Many, many faithful people will suffer and die in what is coming. The point is not to avoid these things, but to develop sufficient trust in God that no matter what happens, you don't doubt his love and goodness, and you remain faithful to everything he has and will tell you. He has a purpose for many of you, and that purpose includes living into what is coming. But if you don't heed these warnings, you will either die long before that or wish you had.

Where to go?


So, where do you go? If you jump from one place that God didn't put you to another place God didn't put you, you have no promise, even if it seems much "safer" from your perspective. You can be in the worst possible place when these things happen and still be protected by God if you are where he tells you to be. You can be in the best possible place and still be killed if you are somewhere other than where God tells you to be.

If you want to invoke an answer from God on this topic, you need to pray. You need to avoid the temptation to invent answers in your mind. You need to actually do research and study it out. I've given many thoughts on the topic of potential things to think about on this blog. Pray before, during, and after. Once you've invested the time and effort to contemplate these things, God will tell you what to do. Be prepared, he will probably tell you to go to a place that wasn't part of your analysis. Just do whatever he tells you.

How?

Again, don't do this out of fear. Don't do this because you want to avoid suffering. Do it because you trust God and want to be in the place where you will have the experiences custom designed by him for your greatest progress.

Don't delay, but don't go in haste either unless God tells you to. Sell your house, find a new job, pack your things, and move.

Friday, July 26, 2019

A quick note on the baptism of fire

I have received a surprising number of emails lately with this subject "I have tried everything I know, but I haven't yet received the baptism of fire."

I have taught extensively on this, and so I am surprised to have to say it again, but here goes.

Matt Crockett recently this:
Entering into the strait (not straight) and narrow “path” is done by following “the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism— yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost” (2 Nephi 31:13).
Acting with HYPOCRISY is having moral standards or BELIEFS that do not match your present behavior or actions. This is also known as being in a state of cognitive dissonance.
Repentance and baptism by water (gate) is a witness to the Father that you are willing to keep His commandments and to follow His Son. You have been figuratively made clean, water cleanses.
According to His word after you have done these things, then you receive the Holy Ghost. Then comes the baptism of fire of the Holy Ghost, first anointing, then you receive a remission of your sins.

He is right.

Here is what I say to all who "have tried everything [they] know but haven't yet been baptized by fire":

Your issue is that you are double minded. You have not actually decided to follow God. When you do, you will be on the path. Until then, you will struggle in cognitive dissonance and ever-increasing pain from the continual contradiction of what you know to be true vs. your actions, which do not align with that truth.

The good news is you can make that decision at any time. Your distance from God is not measured in time, but in desire toward and trust in him, and those are decisions made instantaneously. The bad news is that it will only ever get harder, as the more you fight against the light, the less you will perceive it.

Many erroneously calculate that God has to do something to them in order for their hearts to draw out towards him. The decision to desire him and trust him is completely, wholly, entirely yours to make. He will not and cannot do it for you.

You know what you need to do. You know what God has told you to stop doing that you keep doing, even if only "sometimes." You know what God has told you to do that you didn't do, even if only "sometimes." The little things are the big things. Repentance is not a matter of action, but a matter of the heart. ANY deviation from what you know God's will is for you shows that your heart is not reconciled to him. It is still yours, and in that state you will never, ever be baptized by fire.

The only thing God or me or anyone else can do to help you get there is point out all the overwhelming evidences of his goodness, mercy, intelligence, wisdom, and love to persuade you that the absolute best thing you could ever do is trust him completely, holding nothing back.

Therefore, unless you've been hiding under a rock, it is very unlikely that what you lack is sufficient evidence to believe God. Instead, this is simply a matter of your pride. You just need to make the decision to follow him.

You know what you need to do. Do it.

Why I try not to endorse others

Several people have responded to yesterday's post by asking me what other people have been teaching God's word to them.

I intentionally avoid endorsing others because people seem to be practically utterly incapable of separating the message from the messenger. I have written extensively about this tendency as well as the proper way of evaluating truth: piece by piece, independent of the messenger.

I feel constrained in endorsing others because of this tendency because were I to recommend a person, you would likely treat that as an endorsement of everything they say.

Suppose I recommended someone. Now the credibility of what I have taught is incorrectly tied to the truthfulness of everything they have taught or will teach or done or will do.

I am not aware of any priest, prophet, teacher, or king whose teachings align completely with the light and truth that Lord has given to me.

I would hope that they would have more light in at least some areas than I do. I would hope that they might be able to say the same. I've made videos about that.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"Weep and wail for what is and what is to come"

On April 22, 2019, the Lord said to me: "I've exposed you to intercession, I've exposed you to the darkness that is present on the earth, and I've exposed you to the desolation that is coming. What have you done about it? While you have passed these things on valiantly to others, you have not made gain on what has been given. You ought to exercise charity for your fellowmen and take up the cross that extends beyond the passing of information to others, and continues into interceding in faith for the benefit of those who walk in the darkness. There is no such thing as a normal day. With the gifts I have given you, every day of your life ought to be full of urgency. You will be held accountable for all the good you could have done. Weep and wail for what is and what is to come."

In fulfilling that charge this morning, I was "weep[ing] and wail[ing] for what is and what is to come" and interceding for the men, women, and children of this nation. As part of that, I asked the Lord what he could do to exercise his mercy. I suggested some crisis that might hurt some relatively small amount of people but could help wake up the majority to their true state of depravity. I went through the limited events he has done in the past: terrorist attack, plague, major earthquake, famine, economic collapse, and so on. Every time I suggested one, the Lord showed me how it would bring down the whole system. He persuaded me that we have perverted our dominion over this earth to such an extent that we have recreated it in our fallen image and made it as frail and fragile as we ourselves are.

I wept. I said, "Dear God, surely there is something you can do. Surely there is something YOU can do." He said, "what can I do?"

All my ideas were too much for our system to bear. The only thing I could think of was for him to send out more calls to repentance from his servants--men and women who no one pays attention to. They produce YouTube videos, public talks, books, and blog posts. And yet the people say, "God has always sent prophets before calamity, but where are the prophets today? These poor men and women wear out their lives like an old shoe, suffering with great sacrifice, and yet the people can't even be bothered to read at their convenience or listen in their car to what the Lord is teaching through them.

Once in recent history I asked the Lord, "when will the end of this nation come?" He said, "when I have done all things possible to prevent it. When men have cut themselves off from me, and are past feeling, the end will come." I fear that we are drawing closer and closer to this point, because it seems the only tool God has left to call us to repentance is to use no-name prophets that people ignore. What more can he do? His only tool is to bring down the entire system.

Do you realize what that is going to be like? You will have absolutely nothing. Just as through this life the Lord gives us a space to prepare to endure the fire that comes with the increased awareness we are exposed to after we die, we are all given the option to front-load the lessons we need to learn to endure the end time desolation. After all, that desolation is not an arbitrary outpouring of God's wrath, but the outpouring of his indiscriminate fire--showing who has risen to that level of trust in and obedience to him and who has not. I know what is coming because I have walked through that fire. I imagine others have as well, though I don't know of them. Of all the people I know, maybe two  currently have the tools needed to go through it. You aren't ready. You grossly underestimate how awful this will be for you and you grossly underestimate the likelihood that you will be overcome. 

How do you fool yourself into believing it will be easy for you to trust God when everything in your life is taken away? When you can't even trust him now with all the blessings he has stuffed into your present life? We moan and groan when the toughest thing we can imagine is having to depend on welfare for our sustenance, a situation that is still better than 2/3 of people on this earth experience, and that would still qualify us as kings in any historical period known to man.

Will you repent when people all around you are suddenly dying from a disease for which there is no treatment? When the hospitals close because doctors stop showing up for work? When looters rage and the police stop answering the phone? When the power goes out and doesn't come back on? When the store's shelves empty and don't resupply? When the gold and silver you hoarded is as worthless as the dollars you bought it with? When you see tanks and armored personnel carriers roll into your town and gather everyone into buildings "for their safety", but the sinking feeling in your gut accurately predicts the holocaust of executions and exported slavery to come? Will you repent as you watch your loved ones die from diarrhea, minor infected cuts, UTIs, or any other disease that would have been easily treatable in the plenteous circumstances we had and wasted? How are you going to feel when you go a month without food? When you have literally nothing except the worn, torn, and wreaking clothes on your back? When your only source of water in two days is from a muddy ditch you happen upon while walking 18 hours a day, without a destination, in flight from mobs and soldiers who hunt you down like an animal? Will you then repent?

Repent NOW. Trust in God NOW. Reconcile everything in your life to him TODAY. Make the decision while it is easy to do. You absolutely need every day to prepare your heart for what is coming by learning to seek and obey God in all things under all circumstances.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The delicate balance of trusting in God and obtaining a masterpiece life

Almost everyone is too far to one side of ideal when it comes to trusting God and following the path to the desires of your heart.

On the one side are the people whose distrust of God is manifested in not doing enough. These people constrain what God can do for them by refusing all but the most normal packages it might come in. They expect a magnificent life but aren't willing to do what it takes to get it. God fills their lives with opportunities for growth by showing them the shortfalls of status quo life again and again, but they ignore these signals and continue in their blind march forward. They do what everyone else does, then are surprised when their life turns out like everyone else's--fragile and miserable and devoid of meaning and joy.

On the other side are the people whose distrust of God is manifested in their trying to do too much. These people believe God can do great things in their lives but rely too much on their own understanding of how that will come to be. They are impatient and believe they know better than God the how and when of their lives. They shoehorn the eventual promises of God into second-rate fulfillment, like a driver who insists on taking the next exit instead of completing the road trip, then pretends they have arrived at their destination until they can no longer fool themselves. They then get back onto the highway, having wasted precious time and gone through unnecessary suffering. These people rarely learn to trust God, in spite of his showing them the consequences of their foolish pride. As soon as he redeems them from one situation, they jump right into another one just as fast as they can.

Humans crave completion. They like the idea of retiring. They like the idea of finishing a game. No one ever finishes during life. Until you die, you are not done. If you seek God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, you will find yourself in a never-ending cycle of giving everything you have in exchange for something better: debasement followed by ascension. That is the price for something better: all that you have.

While we are reasonably good at envisioning the end (mostly because the light inside of us whispers it to us), we are really awful at envisioning the means. That is probably a good thing. The means seem to always be orders of magnitude more difficult than we imagined. Almost everything of value seems to cost so much more than we originally thought. Those who get furthest in life are those who choose their paths based on alignment to God instead of the perceived cost and benefit, which are necessarily outside of our awareness at the beginning of the journey. In The Hobbit, Bilbo accepts the wizard's invitation to go on the journey not because of his understanding of how important it is or his confidence in his ability to overcome challenges far outside his awareness, but because of his faith in the wizard who clearly desires him to go. This is how it is with us and God. It is our faith in his character and this alone that is sufficient for us to courageously walk into the challenges for which we were born. Unfortunately, so few develop this level of faith. We fritter our lives away swimming in the gentle outskirts of the pond and never experience the treasures that lie in the deep.

The Lord's way exists not for some arbitrary reason, but because he has perfect knowledge and knows there is no other way. Every single situation and every moment of time is absolutely precision designed by God to get you to the destination of greatest joy possible for you. You need to submit completely to him. You need to completely recognize that you don't and won't know the way. Only the Lord can shepherd you to the pastures you seek. Trust in him. Lean into him.

While you are anxious, pressured, stressed, etc., you can know with a full assurance that you aren't ready to receive what he has to give, you do not trust him, and you don't yet have faith. While in this state, you can rest assured that the barrier to what you seek isn't your situation, but your heart.

Do you know what men of God mean when they say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"? They do NOT mean "if I wish hard enough, God will give me what I want in the way I want it." What they mean is that if they submit to God fully, God has the power to direct them in the path required to obtain the desired outcome. This requires both unrestricted effort and unrestricted submission. It means you are willing to pay any cost as well as accept any format of fulfillment. You willingly deliver your life into the hands of the master, trusting fully that he is able to bring about better outcomes than anything you can imagine, even if the path requires you to walk through things more awful than you can imagine.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Master, when will the end be?"

In Matthew 24, the disciples asked Jesus when the end would be and what would be the sign of his coming.

The Lord has shown me that the United States will be utterly destroyed before that. On one occasion, I asked him when that will happen. He said "once I have done everything I can to prevent it." This sort of thing is described in Jacob 5.

I sought for elaboration on what he meant, and will try to explain it here.

The Lord has promised that he will make a clean sweep (total destruction) of America if its inhabitants become "ripe in iniquity" or reach a "fulness of iniquity":

8 And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.

9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.

10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.

11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done. (Ether 2)

What do these phrases mean? To become "ripe in iniquity" or reach a "fulness of iniquity" means to hate the light so much that nothing can convince you to accept more. It is to cut ones self off from any teaching, any chastisement, and any improvement.

What does this look like in practice? Do you know any person like this? A person who has removed themselves from any form of persuasion due to their unbelief? A person who is so stuck in their ways that they absolutely hate all forms of correction? A person who rages at the thought of something they do not agree with? A person who is so prideful that their self-identity is completely coupled to their belief system, and therefore they can't modify any part of it without risking ego death?

I know several of these people, and it is shocking to behold. What is more shocking is to see the societal forces institutionalizing these attitudes. There are churches that are teaching reprobate culture. They believe themselves to be the only ones who are right and they ingrain their members with an aversion to critical and independent thought. "Just follow us and you'll be ok." There are political parties teaching reprobate culture. They believe morality and reality are whatever they say they are, and they teach that anyone who disagrees with them is deplorable. The universities teach this same attitude through a supermajority of faculty who feel this way. The public school system cranks out kids indoctrinated in this culture.

Our society is cutting itself off from correction. Our society is cutting itself off from critical thinking. Our society is disallowing words, phrases, and ideas that are crucial to communicating the lessons required to keep us out of jeopardy. It will soon disallow any institution that does the same.

God only has so many tools to reach people. His principle tools are persuasion, long-suffering, kindness, etc. When society as a whole has cut itself off from receiving these, he uses war, famine, plague, and natural disaster. However, even these can be ineffective.

Recently, California was rattled by two earthquakes that were bigger than anything seen there in 20 years. Did anyone repent? Did anyone turn to God? Did anyone second guess California culture? Nearly 20 years ago, 9/11 caused a significant national repentance, albeit for a limited time. If the same thing happened today, how long would we mourn and repent? A month? A week? A day?

We have become insensible, past feeling, and we are drawing towards being past feeling. Everything we have seen to this point is just the dregs of God trying every tool he has to call all who will listen to come to him. When he runs out of tools, we will see all hell break loose in the United States. In one day, Babylon will fall.

The Coming Persecution of Christians

Currently, a massive scandal involving sex trafficking of underage children among the elite has become news.

This is nothing new. It's just that a) people haven't been paying attention to it and b) it has (steadily) become completely pervasive.

Secret combinations exist in the IRS (where subjective judgments were recently used to target Christian groups), in the military (where, in my experience, high ranking officers knew full well that their vocation was, to put it lightly, a farce designed for the power and money it gave the political and financial elite), in law enforcement, in the university system, in corporate culture, in Hollywood, and pretty much anywhere else you see a power or wealth hierarchy.

While this does not mean that every person who is in the upper echelons of society is in some sort of secret society, it does mean that the higher up you go, the less likely you are to not know about these arrangements.

These societies are not one united society. They look and act uniformly due to the source of their tactics. The men and women in these groups are inspired and instructed by Satan and his minions to do what they do how they do it.

[The devil] transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness. (2 Nephi 9:9)

They use:

  • Coordinated lies
  • Intentional psychological tricks
  • Blackmail and extortion
  • Violence
  • Oaths
  • Promises of power, sex, and money in exchange for loyalty
You might be absolutely shocked to know what pillars of our society are wholly founded and controlled by these tactics. I won't get into it here, but suffice it to say that things are not what they seem, and our society is fully infiltrated.

And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. (2 Nephi 26:22)

This would be horrific enough of its own accord, but I have to tell you it will get worse.

Until now, these groups have been like a garden weed growing alongside the rest of the crop. The time is at hand where it will bear and spread its seed. I am referring to the true, long term objective of these societies: the persecution of Christians.

The ultimate goal of these societies is to make people deny the faith, and to prevent them from accepting it in the first place. 

In a sense, the secret combinations that surround us are like caged tigers. They are about to be set loose. While they've inflicted a great deal of damage, to date the only damage targeted towards Christians has been a few isolated cases of, for instance, the IRS targeting faith groups. Get ready, because it will get a lot worse both in intensity and breadth. It will be systemic, and the persecution will rise even to include the death of Christians. This is already happening in other countries, but it will also come to the developed world.

For behold, they murdered all the prophets of the Lord who came among them to declare unto them concerning their iniquities; and the blood of those whom they murdered did cry unto the Lord their God for vengeance upon those who were their murderers; and thus the judgments of God did come upon these workers of darkness and secret combinations. (Alma 37:30)



And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness. (Mormon 8:27)

And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not. (Ether 8:22)

Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. (Ether 8:24)


It is interesting that the prophecies all say that this is the end goal of secret combinations: to kill the prophets and those who believe in them. You may be scratching your head saying "there are prophets in America? In Europe?" Yes, there are. And many of them will be killed. And many who believe them will be killed. Go re-read the Book of Revelation. Note how sustained and widespread martyrdom is described before the Lord comes again.

So what can you do about this? Prepare yourself. Develop sufficient trust in God that you will stand as a witness to him at all times and in all places. While this may include something explicit, such as saying "Yes, I believe in Jesus, and I will not deny him," odds are that the less explicit "witness" opportunities will be more numerous. You witness or deny Jesus every time you act in accordance or against your sincere understanding of how he would act in your place. 

There are too many who erroneously believe that they would die for Jesus when they won't even live for him in the smallest of things. If you believe something is wrong, and for convenience you continue to do it, how can you believe you would die for the Lord, or that if you did, he would accept your sacrifice? 

The time is fast approaching when it will not be possible to both maintain your faith and live a "normal" life. However, the time is already at hand where it is no longer passively flow with society without violating our obedience to God.

Already these secret combinations are pushing for changes that cause you to compromise your principles. The little things are the big things.

And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. (2 Nephi 26:22)

Are you aware of the flaxen cords and what are you doing to avoid them and break them? Are you passively allowing them to ensnare you and your family? Or are you reacting when it happens by changing peer groups, hobbies, jobs, towns, etc. to maintain your character? Are you challenging it in conversation and political action?





Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The parable of the two cities

There were two cities. One city formed in the way that most do, with the rich people congregating in one area, and the poor in another. The second city was designed to intentionally interleave the apartment complexes and mansions. The second city had a very different dynamic than the first. On a daily basis, the rich people saw the plight of the poor. They not only had opportunities to give of their substance to alleviate the suffering of others, they also had the opportunity to mentor others out of their poverty. On a daily basis, the poor saw the difference wealth made in living conditions. They had opportunities to learn what it took to accumulate wealth. Each group could learn more about the other by comparing and contrasting beliefs, desires, and activities. The rich suffered much more in this city than their counterparts in the first city. Some of the poor decided to avail themselves of their proximity by robbing the rich. This caused some of the rich to move to the first city, where they would no longer need to worry about being robbed. The rich transplants to the first city seemed to be much happier than those who had started there. They better appreciated what they had.

Our existence in this life is like the second city. We are surrounded by all types of people. We can learn things that we would not be able to learn if we were not in proximity to other types of people. We can react to this opportunity by squandering it or by benefiting from it.