Saturday, October 28, 2017

I Do Not Agree

Herein, “G&S” is used in place of the phrase “Guide and Standard, or Statement of Principles, the Lord has instructed us to write and adopt by mutual agreement.”

There are groups who seek to transfigure “mutual agreement,” wherein all parties agree, into “majority rules,” whereby the most popular position is imposed upon dissenters.

I hereby make known that I do not agree with any such attempt.

There are groups who seek to impose things other than the Lord’s doctrine, law, and commandments upon the covenant participants.

I hereby make known that I do not agree with any G&S which consists of more or less than the Lord’s doctrine, law, and commandments.

I do not accuse any of these parties or groups of evil intent - it is hard to escape the traditions of our fathers.

I do not agree to anything other than the Lord’s doctrine, law, and commandments - his own words - as a written G&S.

No man is acting as prophet - meaning the Lord’s spokesman - save he explicitly says he is delivering the Lord’s word (TPJS p. 278).

Additionally, anyone who builds on another man’s foundation, says Joseph, does so without authority (TPJS p. 375).

Therefore, anything coming from Denver Snuffer without “thus saith the Lord” or its functional equivalent does not meet the standard of delivering the Lord’s word. Denver’s words are not to be accounted as more or less authoritative than any one else’s. And it is folly to build on his words, just as it has been folly for “Christians” to build upon Paul’s words (just to pick one example; Paul would agree: 1 Corinthians 3:1-15).

Therefore, I offer as an alternative to my proposed G&S the following, in full:

We accept, practice, and teach the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, as contained in the Book of Mormon, which is this:
Behold, this is not my doctrine: to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine: that such things should be done away.
Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will declare unto you my doctrine.
And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And whoso believeth not in me, and is not baptized, shall be damned.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.
And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one.
And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.
And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
We accept, practice, and teach the law and commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ, known as The Sermon on the Mount, a short version of which is this:
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
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.
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.
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
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.
Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
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.
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.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
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.
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
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.
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.
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
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.
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.

Since we all already accepted and agreed to practice and teach these things - see Answer and Covenant, pp. 10-12 - this imposes no burden upon covenant participants whatsoever. There is nothing new here. This also lays nothing upon anyone than that which the Lord has laid upon all.

Moreover, this G&S blesses those who know nothing of the Lord’s work by affording them the opportunity to hear, and therefore believe in the Lord and his words, that they may then repent and worthily be baptized by his sent servants and receive the visitation of fire and of the Holy Ghost.

I explain why what some feel absolutely necessary to include - explanations of priesthood, ordination, ordinances, and tithing - is in fact utterly dispensable here: http://logscabin.blogspot.com/2017/10/what-we-dont-need.html

It is time to determine whether we will follow the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, taking the Holy Spirit for our guide, his law for our standard, and his commandments for our principles, or whether we will follow a man.

It is hard to escape the traditions of our fathers. Let us therefore escape these particular traditions: “When the Prophet Speaks, the Thinking Has Been Done,” “Follow the Prophet, He Knows the Way,” and “The Spirit Moved upon Us, Therefore You Must Take It down Like a Pill.”

Jeremiah 17:5 ¶ Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

2 Nephi 4:34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

2 Nephi 28:31 [Thus saith the Lord:] Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.

As always, you all are invited to come, that we may openly reason together about these weighty matters: http://remnantofjacobforum.com/viewforum.php?f=37

Update: here is a very similar proposal to this from someone else: http://statementofprinciples.com/simple-guide-and-standard/