Things are getting a little weird (emphasis mine below)…
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
As you may already be aware, MormonLeaks released a slide of ideas and issues leading people away from the LDS Church. The slide exhibits politically left issues on the left, politically right issues on the right, and in the center we find good old fashioned transgression. We do find a rogue red circle looking rather lonely near the bottom with a nonsensical caption; therefore, we will skip over that circle without further discussion.
As I commented in my previous post, I find it interesting how things are accelerating. Ten or fifteen years ago, who would have guess that a slide like this would exist today. Strange times indeed.
Hot or Cold
For quite some time I’ve been talking about how the Church is getting pummeled, punished, or otherwise wrecked from both sides of the religious political spectrum. On one hand you have the progressive movement clobbering the LDS Church with their issues and ideas which oppose the leadership, and on the other hand you have the conservative or fundamentalist movement laying into the church with their rhetoric which also opposes the leadership. Apparently what you have left in the middle per the slide are a bunch of unrighteous, luke-warm, porn enthusiasts.
With how things are accelerating I would only expect this to get worse. In reference to the scripture above, I can’t help but wondering if the Lord is asking people to choose. Who are you? What do you believe? You need to get in there and figure it out. Test the waters. Make a choice to your everlasting salvation or condemnation. What do you believe is truth?
I would expect this to apply not only to the LDS Church but all churches. The division will increase with intensity until we’ll have perfect polarization before the Lord comes again.
8 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth.
9 And with righteousness shall the Lord God 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.
10 For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great division among the people, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire.
36 Wherefore, I can stretch forth mine hands and hold all the creations which I have made; and mine eye can pierce them also, and among all the workmanship of mine hands there has not been so great wickedness as among thy brethren.
37 But behold, their sins shall be upon the heads of their fathers; Satan shall be their father, and misery shall be their doom; and the whole heavens shall weep over them, even all the workmanship of mine hands; wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?
38 But behold, these which thine eyes are upon shall perish in the floods; and behold, I will shut them up; a prison have I prepared for them.
Before the flood came the greatest degree of wickedness God had ever seen in any of his creations. The separation, the polarization was entirely complete before the flood happened. Enoch and his people had departed, and only Noah and his family was saved. Since we find the Lord works in patterns, do you think we could expect a similar pattern at the end of the world?
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Is the Lord starting to allow the world to be sifted more aggressively? Is the time coming where you won’t be able to sit on the fence, i.e. cower in the shadow of institutional religion? Is following a man blindly and not searching for God on on your own sitting on the fence? Was Heber C. Kimball right? Is the time rapidly approaching where we won’t be able to stand on borrowed light, but that each of us must be guided by the light within?
Don’t Be Luke Warm
I guess what i’m trying to say is don’t be luke warm. Don’t allow yourself to be subdued into carnal security. Don’t allow yourself to think that you are in need of nothing, and because you do your home teaching, or you go to church every Sunday, or because you read your scriptures, or because you attend the temple twice a month, that you are spiritually fulfilled and are spiritually rich. Might the best course of action be to ask the Lord to show us how horribly wretched, miserable, poor, blind and how embarrassingly naked we are.
We are all responsible for our own salvation. The responsibility to discern is ours. Test, evaluate, knock, search, receive! No man will save you. Figure out that you don’t have it all figured out! Cast off your vain and foolish ambitions. Put your ass on the line! If you don’t, you may find yourself being spewed out of the mouth of God into a very uncomfortable situation. Be zealous therefore, and repent. If you find that you are the lazy, unrighteous, porn connoisseur, then get off your porn chair and find God. Stop allowing the adversary to control you. Fight the good fight, win the race!
41 And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen.