Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Sower Went Forth to Sow

Re: Matthew 13

The seed in the parable of the sower appears to represent the Sermon on the Mount.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Restorationist Project: Missionary Outreach to Native Americans

I find this project announcement interesting (it's a link).

It's easy to object to these things, and say they're not of God, or foolish, or ineffective, but it seems to me that I would want a full and fair hearing, therefore why not give these things a full and fair hearing and not jump to judge or condemn?

And don't forget, if it seems to you a worthwhile cause, there is a donation opportunity for the LA Times ad announcing, among other things, Denver Snuffer's California talk in September.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Donation Opportunity: Restoration Ad Campaign, LA Times

We have set up a GoFundMe page to finance an advertisement in the LA Times to at least run on a Sunday, and perhaps also the preceding Saturday, after the September conference at Boise at which it is to be proposed that we receive the Restoration Edition scriptures as canon by covenant.  The ad is projected to announce the opportunity to enter into the covenant, list the commandments of the Lord explicitly, warn the Lord's paid stewards of his coming, announce Denver Snuffer's California talk venue, and provide internet resources for seekers. 

The LA Times has a Sunday circulation of 2.4 million, according to the rep I spoke with.  These are the rates I was quoted, and they're not set in stone. 

Mon, Tues, or Wed.
$21,712.00 for a full page
$10,624.00 for a ½ page
$5,332.00 for a ¼ page
$2,392.00 for a 1/9 page

Thurs, Fri, or Sat.
$23,067.00 for a full page
$11,286.00 for a ½ page
$5,663.00 for a ¼ page
$2,539.00 for a 1/9 page

$27,130.00 for a full page
$13,270.00 for a ½ page
$6,655.00 for a ¼ page
$2,980.00 for a 1/9 page

As the ad rates may be arbitrarily different based on how the editors or sales managers at the LA Times feels about the content of the ad, and to cover GoFundMe's charges, we propose to raise $33,000 to pay for a full-page ad in a Sunday edition, and, if it is possible, to raise an additional $28,000 to pay for the ad to run on the preceding Saturday.  Regardless, we will buy the largest Sunday ad we can with whatever is raised by the end of September, and, if we have enough to buy a Saturday ad as well, we will do that, too.

Whatever we receive in excess of the ad purchase will be forwarded to the temple fund, and if we don't get enough for a Sunday ad, we will forward what we do receive to the temple fund.

Time is short, and we must invite, teach, and warn mankind about what they must do to survive the coming of the Lord, lest their blood come upon our garments and we are found unclean before the Lord.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What's in It for Us?

If we shall honor the covenant, then...

The church of Christ will be established among us.

We shall be privileged to assist the remnant of Jacob in building the New Jerusalem.

We shall be privileged to assist in gathering the house of Israel.

We shall be numbered among the house of Israel.

The Lord shall write his law upon our hearts and minds and we shall be to him a people and he shall be to us a God.

The contents of the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon shall be given to us.

The powers of heaven shall come down among us, and the Savior shall be in the midst.

And we shall obtain eternal life, if we will endure the trials faithfully that come upon us as we are diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord according to the covenant.

The Covenant in a Nutshell

3 Nephi 12:13 Verily, verily I say unto you, I give unto you to be the salt of the earth, but if the salt shall lose its savor, wherewith shall the earth be salted? The salt shall be thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.
That's the covenant in a nutshell.

You will be agreeing to do specific things, and those specific things are contained in 3 Nephi chapters 12-14, noting also chapter 15 verse 1.  If you do them without fail, then you are the salt of the earth, a savior of men.  He means it.

If you shall fail to do those specific things, you shall be trodden down as is prophesied.
3 Nephi 16:10-15
10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
11 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
14 And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.
If, as I am informed, the LDS Church never received the Book of Mormon by covenant, then they rejected the fulness of the gospel.  The LDS apparently never entered into the covenant to be able to break it - to be as corrupted and useless salt, cast out and trodden underfoot by the remnant of Jacob.  That future potential failure belongs to Gentiles that come after the LDS and receive the Book of Mormon by covenant and do not perform unto the Lord their oath.  Like, say, the Restorationist Gentiles, who are right now proposing to receive the Book of Mormon by covenant.

Did you read 3 Nephi chapters 12 through 14, noting chapter 15 verse 1?  Do you understand what it is you are proposing to bind yourself into doing?  And, if you do, isn't it wise to start the practice of doing those things today, even right now?

Are you giving to every man that asks?
Are you lending to all comers, hoping that you will not be paid back?
Are you storing up money or food or goods for yourself in this world, or are you giving your excess stores of money or food or goods to the poor?
And so on.

If you didn't read 3 Nephi chapters 12-14, noting chapter 15 verse 1, now would be a great time to go and read it.  You have it before you, both life and death; as Moses set it before Israel, so it is set before you.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Fear of the Lord Had Come upon Them

KJV Exodus 20:18-21
18 ¶ And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
Why didn't they want God to talk to them?  They were terrified, a feeling I now understand for myself.  So, here's the solution.
Helaman 5:40-42
40 And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him: What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?
41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice, even until ye shall have faith in Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.
42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to cry unto the voice of him who had shaken the earth; yea, they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was dispersed.

Monday, March 27, 2017

But What If God Doesn't Answer?

I will say that it has been an interesting last few days.  I was as surprised as most at what I heard at the conference, but the echo in my mind and heart was, continually, "don't oppose; just listen."

While the import of what was said sunk in and ramifications began to be understood, then the spirit of the devil had equal time and power, as measured in pure, unreasoning fear.  "Believe it not!"  "They're trying to take power!"  "Why can't it be this way?"  "Why can't it be that way?"  "What is the need for this?"  "Aren't they inconsistent?"  And such like things.  I heard my fears echoed and clarified and amplified by others in blog comment sections.

I know whose power fear is.

So what if, after doing my due diligence and actually reading the proffered scriptures and potentially determining there is no unrighteousness in them and praying mightily to find out whether this canon is a covenant from him, God doesn't answer me?

I will, in that case, have two options: either to follow fear and deny and depart, or to believe and accept on the word of them who have brought it to me.  No answer is not "no;" it's nothing, and would support neither option.

Zion is a society, as is heaven.  The first rule of any civil society is simply that the citizens be not hostile against one another.  We can't live together peaceably if we're hostile towards one another, but will contend or part ways.  Disbelief is a sign of hostility, and charity, it is written, believeth all things.

So if I'm on my own in this choice, I will choose to accept and let the chips fall where they may, trusting that if I am making an error and if my eye is single to the glory of God and I am diligent in keeping his commandments, he will correct me.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nobody Asked Me, But...

So what do I think of all this stuff?

I think I lack wisdom.

What does fear say to do?

Fear says to run far and fast from all of this.

On what grounds?

Fear of making a mistake.

What am I going to do?

I'm going to read all the proposed scriptures and take the matter to the Lord in mighty prayer.

What am I going to ask?

Whether this work constitutes a covenant from him, more or less.

Monday, March 20, 2017

There Ought to Be Convergence

As men obey the commandments of Jesus Christ with diligence and with all the focus of heart, might, and mind, they come to common understandings through common experiences in the world and the ministrations of the Holy Spirit which reveals the true meaning of things.  Thus do men become of one heart and of one mind, the one heart and one mind being that of Christ, and thus there ought to be convergence of views and feelings among them which are disciples of Christ.

That's why it should not be surprising to hear the servants of God say similar things independently of one another.

And that's also why if a man will believe and diligently execute the commandments of Jesus Christ as far as he has received them in the scriptures and from the voice of the Lord, he doesn't need any man to teach him, for the Spirit is poured out upon him and he is taught from on high.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Self-Diagnostic for the Spirit of Contention

If you argue with someone because they're wrong, you have the spirit of contention.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wo unto the Rich

2 Nephi 9:30 But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also.
This is a universal statement with no exceptions: the rich shall perish along with their treasure, which is their substance.  Who then are the rich?

Benjamin answered this question for us by defining what it means to be poor.
Mosiah 4:24-25 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.  And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
Those are the poor: their needs are met, but they have nothing more, and are unable to give to the beggars because they have nothing.

The rich, then, are they with no unmet needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, and have substance in their possession - money, food, clothing - that they can give, or non-necessities they could liquidate.  They may have laid up their treasures - their excess substance - upon earth in their closets, their sheds, their garages, their recreational vehicles, their audio-visual equipment, their certificates of deposit, their health management accounts, their Roth IRAs, their checking or savings accounts, and so on, so their excess substance may not be in their immediate physical possession because they have hid it away to withhold it from men, but they indeed have excess to distribute to the needy and the beggars.

Those are the rich.  I figure most of my readers are, in reality, rich, and if they will scrupulously and diligently keep the sayings, teachings, and commandments of Jesus Christ, he will remedy their wealthiness with them, that they may not perish along with their possessions.

I recommend reading this series: The Dangers of Wealth and Inequality

Things don't have to be perfect, and I don't have to agree with them fully, to consider them worthy of consideration.

This is a time for action, to be up and doing, and not a time of many words.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Two Great Commandments of the Law

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
There are three accounts in the scripture of someone asking Christ what the great commandment in the law of Moses was.  Christ cited the first in response, and declared that the second was just like it.
Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Upon these two commandments, said the Savior to the lawyer who was testing him by the question, hang all the law and the prophets.

Love is both an emotion, meaning a feeling which motivates us to do stuff, and it is also a rule of behavior - the rule that when followed produces the stuff the feeling incentivizes us to do.  As love is in the power of the architect of the human heart, even God, to bestow, I don't concern myself with telling people to "just love one another and all is well!"  One may as well tell someone who doesn't know how to swim and is drowning in deep water: "Just stop drowning!  Swim better!  No, not like that!  Breathe air, not water!  Well, at least the sharks will get a nice meal...."

The primary effect and outcome of love is that we reconcile all conflicts in favor of the other.  To love God with all our heart, soul, and might, therefore, means to reconcile every conflict between us and God in God's favor.  If he asks us to do something we don't wanna do, we do it anyways.  Our own purposes, goals, plans, desires, whatever, take second place to our executing the least of God's commands or requests.  Also, we seek to advance God's purposes, so we teach his commandments, and not our own precepts nor doctrines, without fearing what men can do to us.  And we accept all that it pleases God to inflict upon us, without trying to avoid it.

To love our neighbor as ourself means, in practical terms, if we would do a thing for ourselves, we had ought to do that thing for others.  And, more - it means we do not withhold our substance from others, but give on request, and let those who take from us have what they sought without us trying to get it back.  This means, among other things, we do not build up stores of goods nor food nor money, because by doing that, we are withholding substance from others and taking more than we have need of; we exhibit covetousness thereby, demonstrating that we break the tenth commandment (at the very least).  Of course we reconcile conflicts in their favor, granting their requests as we grant our own, praying for our enemies, our abusers and our spiteful users, that thereby we ourselves may not be their enemy, but that instead we may be filled with love, that our duty to serve them seem not so onerous to us; we suffer their abuse and return good for evil, just as a loving parent would absorb the unthinking and unheeding blows of a two-year-old pitching a tantrum.  Just as we wish someone would seek us out when we are in trouble and trial and see to our needs or redeem us from bondage, so also we had ought to seek out others and see to their needs and redeem them from bondage as well, by paying their debts and their bills.  And, of course, we forgive everyone of all debts and transgressions against us, just as we do not hold ourselves as indebted to ourselves.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Ten Commandments

And God spake all these words, saying,
  1. I am the Lord, thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord, thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord, thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
  5. Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord, thy God, giveth thee.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
A brief commentary:
  1. A God is that which we desire above all, that which we labor for, whose commands we obey, which we rely upon in our extremities to deliver us from our troubles, which gives us our security, which comforts us in our pains and griefs.  The most common God people have above the face of the Lord is mammon - the substance of this world - which God appears to us in many forms, such as money, finances, bank accounts, retirement funds, stocks, bonds, business, titles, claims, insurance, toys, gold, silver, petroleum, clothes, food, goods, and so on.  In these things do men place their trust and hopes, and for these things do men labor, and these things do men serve.  I would render the first commandment as "thou shalt render obedience to me above all other considerations."
  2. This commandment seems not to get a lot of notice, and for obvious economic reasons.  A graven image is any representational object - as opposed to a mere tool - whether in wood, stone, metal, plastic, bone, or any media.  A likeness is any visual representation in any media whatsoever, such as a painting, a picture, or a video, and so on.  The commandment is to craft none of these things for ourselves.  Not only is the commandment to not make for ourselves any of these things, but also to not bow ourselves down to them.  Not only are we not to make them for ourselves and not to bow ourselves down to them, neither are we to serve - labor for, do the bidding of, grant the requests of - such things.  This ends, among other things, selfies, movies, TV, inspirational videos, pictorial sales material and advertising, responding to pictorial adverts, statues, video games, picture books, textbooks with pictures of existing things, and so on - unless God has directly commanded us to make such a thing, in which case we make it not for ourselves - to serve our own purposes, such as to make money or gratify our desires - but for God.
  3. This commandment is interesting.  Take means to take with us, to carry, to bear off, to bear up, and so on.  While we normally think of this commandment as palming our crap off onto the Lord by falsely attributing it to him through attaching his name to things he has not said nor shown, it can also mean taking upon ourselves his name falsely by being baptized and not keeping his commandments, in which case we surely aren't guiltless.
  4. This commandment was the club the Pharisees and Scribes tried whacking the Lord himself with while he walked the earth.  Yet there are significant qualifiers therein: "thy work," and "thou shalt not do any work."  Obviously this at least covers the things we do for economic gain or to improve our holdings on earth.  What it does not obviously cover is works which the Lord God might do through us, such as healings or other good works, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned or the sick and afflicted, and so on.  And it does not obviously cover works which the Father did through Jesus, such as healings or other good works.
  5. Honoring one's father and mother means, at least, not dishonoring them, nor arguing against them, nor disobeying them, nor failing to give them what they ask for, nor failing to support them in their old age.
  6. Do not kill.
  7. Do not permit your loyalty nor sexual fidelity to depart from your wedded spouse, nor your heart to wander towards another, to desire them.
  8. Do not take what is not given to you.
  9. Do not tell lies about another person.
  10. Do not desire that which is in another man's possession.  If taken seriously, this ends economics, as economic transactions only take place because one or more people desire that which another possesses.  Paul said covetousness - the desire to possess something - is itself idolatry.  King Benjamin taught that if you don't have something and would not give it upon request if you did have it, you covet it, and are condemned.  The word that covers that is "desire," and the word which has been translated "covet," chamad, חָמַד, means "desire."  Better by far to give than to sell, and do not buy what you have no need of.

Friday, March 3, 2017

And He Spake a Parable unto Them...

Luke 6:39-45
  1. And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 
  2. The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 
  3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. 
  4. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Let me proffer a possible meaning for this parable.
  1. Those who do not keep his commandments, a number of which immediately preceded this section, are blind, and shall be cast into hell along with all who follow them.
  2. None who walk in his discipline is better than him in any aspect and none know better than him, but every disciple who walks perfectly in his sayings, teachings, and commandments shall be equal to him.
  3. Why do you pay attention to the flaws in someone else's views, while you are yourself not keeping Christ's commandments and are therefore blind?  Or how can you say to someone else "Let me correct your views" when you are yourself blind because of your disobedience to Christ's commandments?  You fake follower of Christ, first be absolutely sure you are yourself wholly keeping the sayings, teachings, and commandments of Christ, and then you will be able to see clearly to correct those little errors you saw in someone else's views.
  4. By your words and your deeds shall you be known.
So what might I take from this possible reading?
  1. Keep all the commandments, including the one that says "judge not."  Even if I think I see something wrong in their view, don't bother to correct them unless they wish for my input.
  2. Remember that I am not even as the dust, which obeys the voice of God in all things; that until I am redeemed and brought into the presence of God through the veil I am evil and malicious and prideful and self-willed and selfish and fearful.  I do not know better than him and cannot improve upon his sayings, teachings, and commandments.
  3. Sit down and shut up; repeat the commandments, explain them, and do not bother trying to persuade anyone into my beliefs.  After all, if men do not freely and willingly do what Christ said to do, then they do not do what Christ said to do.  Since his sheep hear only his voice, there is no need to do other than repeat his words, and explain them to those who desire to help make up for the loss of literacy our generation is suffering.
A corollary to this - don't bother challenging others to append "thus saith the Lord" to whatever they're saying when I don't believe them; after all, since I didn't believe them before they said it, will I believe them after they say it?  No.  If I don't believe someone is speaking the truth, just drop them and go on my merry way.  The way of peace is to let every man do as they will, while inviting them to repentance by repeating the commandments of God in their hearing.  Let the contentious correct the contentious, until they have had their fill of conflict, that then they may have an appetite for peace.

Monday, January 23, 2017

An Invitation from Jesus Christ to His Discipleship

This is an invitation from Jesus Christ to his discipleship: will you hear it?

KJV Luke 6:20-49
 20 ¶And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 
 24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. 
 27 ¶But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
 29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
 30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 
 39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
 41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
 42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
 43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 
 46 ¶And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
As we learn from Matthew 16:18, Jesus's church is built upon the rock and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  We see from Luke 6:46-49 that we as individuals build upon the rock by both hearing and doing these things which the Lord has commanded.  Therefore the Lord is here saying, in part, that they who hear his sayings and do them are his disciples and church, and those who hear his sayings and do not do them are neither his disciples nor his church.

The invitation Jesus Christ makes to his discipleship is, then, the invitation to begin now to do the things which the Lord has herein commanded, such as giving to every man that asks, lending to all comers hoping to not get paid back, turning the other cheek, judging not, and so forth, that the house of your soul may be established upon the rock of Jesus Christ, that you may be his disciple and his church.

A Lament and a Warning

Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, 
for which I was tormented with the pains of hell. 
Yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God 
and that I had not kept his holy commandments.
Yea, and I had murdered many of his children
-- or rather led them away unto destruction -- 
yea, and in fine, so great had been my iniquities 
that the very thoughts of coming into the presence of my God 
did rack my soul with inexpressible horror.


He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts.
For behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up
for a light unto the world, 
that they may get gain and praise of the world, 
but they seek not the welfare of Zion.  
Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing.

Wherefore the Lord God hath given a commandment 
that all men should have charity, which charity is love. 
And except they should have charity, they were nothing. 
Wherefore if they should have charity, 
they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.  
But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; 
for if they labor for money they shall perish.


O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, 
why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? 
Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God
that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? 
Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God, 
for behold, the time cometh at that day 
when all these things must be fulfilled.

Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things 
concerning that which must shortly come, 
at that day when these things shall come forth among you.
Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present 
-- and yet ye are not -- 
but behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, 
and I know your doing.
And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts.
And there are none, save a few only, 
which do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts 
unto the wearing of very fine apparel, 
unto envying and strifes and malice and persecutions, 
and all manner of iniquities. 
And your churches -- yea, even every one -- have become polluted 
because of the pride of your hearts.
For behold, ye do love money and your substance and your fine apparel 
and the adorning of your churches 
more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.

O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, 
ye teachers which sell yourselves for that which will canker, 
why have ye polluted the holy church of God? 
Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? 
Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness 
than that misery which never dies?
Because of the praise of the world?
Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, 
and yet suffer the hungry and the needy and the naked 
and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you and notice them not?
Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain 
and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, 
and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, 
and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands 
to cry unto the Lord from the ground for vengeance upon your heads?
Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; 
and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, 
for he will not suffer their cries any longer.