Friday, April 1, 2016

Denying the More Parts

3 Nephi 27:13-22 
13 Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you--that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.
14 And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil--
15 And for this cause have I been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father I will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works.
16 And it shall come to pass, that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled; and if he endureth to the end, behold, him will I hold guiltless before my Father at that day when I shall stand to judge the world.
17 And he that endureth not unto the end, the same is he that is also hewn down and cast into the fire, from whence they can no more return, because of the justice of the Father.
18 And this is the word which he hath given unto the children of men. And for this cause he fulfilleth the words which he hath given, and he lieth not, but fulfilleth all his words.
19 And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.
20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.
21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;
22 Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
Consider this passage:
4 Nephi 1:27 And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away there were many churches in the land; yea, there were many churches which professed to know the Christ, and yet they did deny the more parts of his gospel, insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness, and did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthiness.
What were the more parts of Christ's gospel that they were denying?  And why (3 Nephi 27:32)?  And is there a difference between the gospel and the doctrine of Christ (Jacob 7:6)?

Is there something in verse 19, for example, which is denied by virtually every Christian and church - like, say, that it is both possible, and required, to repent of all one's sins (cf. Helaman 14:13, Moroni 6:2, D&C 20:37)?

Is it denying parts of Christ's gospel to explain that Christ didn't mean what he said, or that his commandments aren't to be taken literally, or don't apply?

Is it denying parts of Christ's gospel to say that even if one dies in one's sins, one may still enter the kingdom of God (v. 17 above, cf. Mosiah 15:26, 2 Nephi 9:38, 2 Nephi 28:8, Moroni 10:26)?

Is it denying parts of Christ's gospel to baptize those who have not repented of all their sins (IE, receiving wickedness), or to administer the sacrament to those who have not been (re)baptized for the remission of sins (3 Nephi 18:28-30) (for it appears baptism for the remission of sins was not a one-time event for the church of God among the Nephites [Moroni 6:1-3, Moroni 8:25], as well as the early Saints)?

Is it denying parts of Christ's gospel, or doctrine, to fail to teach commandments, to pervert commandments when they are mentioned, or to supplant the commandments of the Lord - such as "lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth" - with worldly wisdom such as the prudent and wise practice of laying up for oneself treasures upon the earth (such as a year's supply of food and money, retirement funds, investment portfolios, and the like [remember 3 Nephi 27:32])?

How many of these kinds of things does a church have to do to be justly said to be denying the more parts of Christ's gospel?

Once a church, or perhaps all of them together, hits that point, what should one do?

What did Joseph do?

In the endowment, what did Adam think about the teaching of his instructors of religion?  And how was his attitude regarded by the heavenly messengers?
2 Nephi 28:32 Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
D&C 1:32 Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven[.]