Saturday, June 13, 2015

Judge Righteous Judgement

I made a post on Facebook in response to a blogpost that has recently been circulating throughout social media of many Mormons called "You're on Satan's Side" (if you want to read it, you go find it; I will not post a link to publicize false doctrine). It received some backlash from some people, and I felt it needed to be shared here. I have only included the post and a comment I made in response to some of the backlash. Remember Doctrine is not found on blogs nor in anything officially published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (in other words: copyrighted IRI). Please allow the spirit to be your guide when you read blog posts, even mine. Seek for the spirit to be with you, and now, my response:

Well, my posting this will probably cause some backlash. I've seen many many people post the article "You're on Satan's Side". They extol it saying that missionary service is not for everyone. Give me a break! What part of "Every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much." do people really not understand? (Thomas S Monson, Oct 2010)

Now, I am not saying that every young man has to serve a mission at age 18, or 19, or before they're 23. But every single one should fulfill the responsibilty given them in the Abrahamic Covenant that "they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations;" (Abraham 2:9).

Satan is a real being who seeks to destroy the work of God. He knows he is going to lose; he knows the Kingdom will win. However, if he can stop one person from receiving all that the Father has, he will. He will especially stop those who could be powerful missionaries, so all the Father hath will not be given to them nor the people they could touch. As Elder Jeffrey R Holland once said, "Satan is a real being set on destroying you, and you face his influence at a younger and younger age. So we grab you by the lapels and shout as forcefully as we know how: Hark! the sound of battle sounding loudly and clear; Come join the ranks! Come join the ranks! My young friends, we need tens of thousands of more missionaries in the months and years that lie ahead. They must come from an increased percentage of the Aaronic Priesthood who will be ordained, active, clean, and worthy to serve."

So yes, even if it's not the kindest way of putting it, a worthy, able priesthood holder who willingly chooses not to serve is allowing Satan to gain power.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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I know the article is about not judging, but they are using the wrong situation. If this article was about someone who had medical issues or it was about anything other than choosing not to go on a mission of their own free will and choice, it'd be fine. If it was about someone who was unworthy to serve, and was trying to clean up his life, it'd be a great message. If it was about someone who medically couldn't serve or had to come home early, it'd be great! But it is about someone who is breaking the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood as furher revealed in 1973.

Secondly, in the days when many of the Apostles and Prophets were of the age to serve a mission, it was NOT a priesthood responsibility. In those days, it was a nice thing to do. But with World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, etc, in order to keep good ties with the government, the church limited the missionaries under the Lord's direction. The decision to serve a mission is made when one accepts the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood by being ordained an Elder. "For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God." It wasn't until the 1970s that revelation was received that every young man should serve, so kick out any examples who were 19-26 before the 1970s, which would be everyone but David A Bednar and Neil L Andersen, who served in Germany and France respectively.

If this article was about someone who felt judged because members did not like the fact they drank coffee, it would not be going viral like it is now. Members act like we should not make any judgements anymore with certain commandments, but other commandments are fair game. Shouldn't judge a boy for not going on a mission (even though it's a commandment), because it's his choice, but other commandments are fair game.

Finally, Christlike love does not mean you passively allow things to happen, and you ESPECIALLY don't actively celebrate broken covenants. Christlike love is perfectly distinguishing between the sin and the sinner. I did not even mention once the boy the article was mentioning. He might be the coolest guy ever who I'd be willing to hang out with, but that does not change the fact that it is NOW part of the Oath and Covenant of the priesthood to serve an honorable full time mission. So yes, it is between them and God, but they and God already made the promise.