Bushman is correct. That is the story of all religions. The Premise of Mormonism is that all those religions are false and Apostate and the Gospel was Restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. To allude that all other religions have adapted to the present as the reason its okay for us the Mormons to do so is quite alarming. I will respect other’s freedom of conscience. I hope they would follow the Brethren in defending religious freedom of conscience and respect other’s who don’t wish to adapt God’s eternal laws to the present dominating humanism religion.
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Listen below as Top LDS Scholar Richard Bushman likens the changes in the Church to a Living Constitution (read changing Constitution), something LDS have been warned about, and to the changes all other religions have experienced like the Catholics……wait…….aren’t they apostate?……..hm…. Anyway…times change but Principles are everlasting. To his credit, Richard Bushman declares he “hopes” principles are behind the changes he is sure will come.
Increasingly it is up to us using our oil to know those principles and how to apply them with individual agency. I love how Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy put it in a general conference talk a few years ago. He talked about the difference between the Church and the gospel. “Some have come to think of activity in the Church as the ultimate goal. Therein lies a danger,” he said. “It is possible to be active in the Church and less active in the Gospel.”
Ezra Taft Benson Quoted George Q. Cannon in Conference Report April 1969:
“Now hear this test proposed by President George Q. Cannon: “If the breach is daily widening between ourselves and the world . . . we may be assured that our progress is certain, however slow. On the opposite hand, if our feelings and affections, our appetites and desires, are in unison with the world around us and freely fraternize with them . . . we should do well to examine ourselves. Individuals in such a condition might possess a nominal position in the Church but would be lacking the life of the work, and, like the foolish virgins who slumbered while the bridegroom tarried, they would be unprepared for his coming. . . .” (Millennial Star, Oct. 5, 1861 [Vol. 23], pp. 645-46.)”
“Yes, within the Church today there are tares among the wheat and wolves within the flock. As President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., stated: “The ravening wolves are amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any others, are clothed in sheep’s clothing because they wear the habiliments of the priesthood… We should be careful of them…” (Conference Report, April 1949, p. 163.)
Brigham Young in his foresight said, “There is nothing that would so weaken my hope and discourage me as to see this people in full fellowship with the world, and receive no more persecution from them because they are one with them. In such an event we might bid farewell to the Holy Priesthood with all its blessings, privileges and aids to exaltations, principalities, and powers in the eternities of the Gods”. (BY 1862, JD 10:62)
Elder L Tom Perry: “When we conform our lives to His laws we will find a rewarding joy, a fulfillment, a peace as we live here on earth. When we would pervert or change His laws, or disregard them, we must stand the judgements of God.
Richard Bushman: “That’s the story of all religions, they’re always having to adapt to the present….with the LDS religion it’s become somewhat institutional..”
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As for me, I’m grateful today that Joseph Smith left us with such explicit Keys of Knowledge when he stated we can always tell a false Revelation by it contradicting a previous revelation. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith pg 214-215).
Yours in Christ, Amy K. Brown
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