Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Plug for Another Project

A friend of mine passed this on:
A small group of us has spent most of the year going through the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price, reaching back to the original manuscripts to get as true a version of what Joseph offered us as possible and showing what changes have happened since his death. We are getting bids to have a triple combination volume printed in the coming months. For the moment we want to make people aware of this effort. Electronic versions of the scriptures are free for download at anoffenderforaword.blogspot.com in Word, PDF and some ebook formats. There are also instructions for using a Kindle reader or app with the PDFs as an ebook. The PDFs give a clear representation of how the volume will look. 
We will notify everyone when orders can be placed for your own copies. We are trying to keep the cost to around $20 per copy. These will be printed on biblestock paper and will have large margins for easy note taking. An effort to produce a complete JST bible is also underway. A complete Kindle JST KJV is available by Ken Lutes on Amazon. He is the one working on a complete print version. When that work is ready to order we will let you know. He is not a part of this movement.  
This volume of scripture is not "official" to the Remnant Movement in any sense, and we hope they may be of interest to Mormons of all types. While many of us felt inspired during the process, we offer this volume as a gift to our Lord and to our friends and families. Feel free to take this work and improve on it. 
It's the kind of project that appeals to me - I use a copy of The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, edited by Royal Skousen, for my personal scripture study.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Discipline of Christ

If we are to love God,
if we are to love our neighbors,
if we are to make no oaths,
if we are to not swear that something is true,
if we are to be forthright in our speech rather than speak evasively,
if we are to make no preparations for tomorrow,
if we are to build up no storage of goods nor money nor food nor substance for ourselves,
if we are to do alms to the poor,
if we are to give to everyone who asks,
if we are to forgive every debt owed us,
if we are to lend to all comers without asking for our stuff back,
if we are to not ask for our stuff back from those who take it,
if we are to sell our possessions and distribute the proceeds to the poor,
if we are to avoid the desire for possessions,
if we are to refrain from lust,
if we are to pray always,
if we are to be merciful,
if we are to not resist evil,
if we are to turn the other cheek when struck,
if we are to comply with those who compel us,
if we are to concede to our opponents even before they take legal action against us,
if we are to let those who sue us have what they sue us for,
if we are to refrain from judging,
if we are to refrain from condemning,
if we are to love our enemies,
if we are to bless those that curse us,
if we are to do good to those who hate us,
if we are to pray for those who spitefully exploit these things against us and use us,
if we are to send back good for evil done to us,
if we are to forgive every offender even until seventy times seven,
if we are to not expend effort to preserve our own lives,
if we are to do every last thing we want done to ourselves to others,
if we are to wholly walk in these ways as God wholly walks in these ways,
if we are to both do and teach all these things,
and
if we do these things we are the church and family of God,
and
if we do not do these things we are not the church and family of God,
then
what else is there to talk about?

Monday, December 12, 2016

FORGIVE

KJV John 14
15 ¶If ye love me, keep my commandments.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me[.]

23 If a man love me, he will keep my words[.]

24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings[.]

KJV Luke 7:47 [T]o whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

These words, taken together, imply that whosoever does not keep the words, sayings, and commandments of Christ, the same is not forgiven - or, in other words, we are forgiven to the degree that we keep Christ's commandments.

KJV Luke 6:37 [F]orgive, and ye shall be forgiven[.]

This suggests that Christ's commandments, which are summed up by the Golden Rule, might alternatively be summed up as "FORGIVE;" that is, always and instantly forgive everyone of every debt and trespass: hold nothing against anyone, ever.

If, then, entrance into the kingdom of God is given only to the forgiven, then the only real sin - indeed, the unpardonable sin - is failure to forgive everyone of everything, including God himself, for their apparent or alleged trespasses or failures towards us.

KJV Matthew 18
21 ¶Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

23 ¶Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

This applies to all Christians who acknowledge the KJV Bible as authoritative.

As an aside, one does not normally get rich - come into possession of more than one actually needs - by always forgiving everyone every debt and trespass; rather, one normally gets rich by doing the opposite. Hence, this.

KJV Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

The other woes Jesus pronounced can be likewise analyzed from the vantage of failure to forgive.