Sunday, July 30, 2017

Temporal Equality

The Overarching Law

“All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them.”

The Derived General Principle

D&C 49:20 But it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin.

The General Commandment

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

The Specific Commandment

D&C 70:10, 14 And behold, none are exempt from this law who belong to the church of the living God … [I]n your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.

The Specific Instructions To Carry It Out

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth nor rust doth corrupt, neither do thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

Which is done like this: “Sell what you possess, and give the proceeds of the sale as alms to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven.”

“Give to every man that asketh thee, and of him who taketh thy goods ask them not again.”

“From him who would borrow of thee turn thou not away.”

“Lend [in context, even, or especially, to your enemies] hoping for nothing again [hoping you will not be paid back].”

The Observed Result

Among both the Christians in Acts, and the Nephites, “no man called anything his own.” The Nephites dwelt in peace until they apostatized - rejecting the commandments, starting up the economy again, and ultimately getting destroyed.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

"No Poor Among Us"

Jacob said thus:
Jacob 2:17-19
Think of your brethren like unto yourselves
and be familiar with all
and free with your substance
that they may be rich like unto you
but before ye seek for riches
seek ye for the kingdom of God
and after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches
if ye seek them
and ye will seek them for the intent to do good
to clothe the naked
and to feed the hungry
and to liberate the captive
and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted
It is possible for the rich to cast away their riches and humble themselves as their poor brethren.
It is possible to sell houses, distribute the proceeds of the sale directly to the poor, and take up rentals.
It is possible to sell expensive cars and buy used cars and distribute the difference directly to the poor.
It is possible to liquidate retirement funds and give the contents directly to the poor.
It is possible to liquidate one's toys, jewelry, or other non-necessities, and distribute the proceeds of the sale directly to the poor.
It is possible to think of your brethren like unto yourself and be familiar with all and free with your substance that they may be rich just like you: equal with you in temporal things.

It is possible to do these things in the fellowships.
D&C 104:13-16
For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.
I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.
And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.
But it must needs be done in mine own way; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low.

Not to Excess, Neither by Extortion

Every businessman operates by two rules.

1. Take more than you need.
2. Keep it away from others except on profitable exchange.

These two rules have scriptural names. #1 is called "excess."  #2 is called "extortion."

God commands that we lay not up for ourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and thieves break through and steal.

God commands that we shall give to every man that asks us.

God commands that we shall lend to all comers, even to our enemies, hoping we shall not be paid back, and not asking to be paid back.

God commands that we shall esteem our brethren as ourselves.

God commands that we shall do all things whatsoever we wish that others would do to us to others.

God commands that we shall be equal in our temporal things.

This is why you cannot serve God and mammon: everything you do in the service of mammon breaks the law and commandments of God.

And salvation is contingent upon keeping the commandments of God.