Sunday, August 13, 2017

For They Say, and Do Not

JST Matthew 5
15 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 thenceforth be good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden underfoot of men.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of the world; a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
17 Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light to all that are in the house.
18 Therefore, let your light so shine before this world, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
20 For verily, I say unto you, Heaven and earth must pass away, but one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law until all be fulfilled.
21 Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so to do, he shall in no wise be saved in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach these commandments of the law until it be fulfilled, the same shall be called great and shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven.
22 For I say unto you, except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The sin of the scribes and Pharisees is that they said, but did not do.
JST Matthew 23
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude and to his disciples, saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.
2 All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, they will make you observe and do; for they are ministers of the law, and they make themselves your judges. But do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.
And worse, they did not even say, but substituted their own traditions, wisdom, precepts, and commandments in the place of the commandments of God:
JST Mark 7
1 Then came together unto him, the Pharisees and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled (that is to say with unwashen) hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews, except they wash hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash their bodies, they eat not.
5 And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables.
6 And the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
7 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit, in vain do they worship me, teaching the doctrines and commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men: the washing of pots and of cups; and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Yea, altogether ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 Full well is it written of you by the prophets, whom ye have rejected.
11 They testified these things of a truth, and their blood shall be upon you.
12 Ye have kept not the ordinances of God; for Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death of the transgressor, as it is written in your law; but ye keep not the law.
13 Ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me, he is of age. And ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother, making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered; and many such like things do ye.
The scribes and Pharisees damned those who hearkened to them.
JST Matt 23:12 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than he was before, like unto yourselves.
Salvation is contingent upon keeping the commandments of God.
Mosiah 15
26 But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.
27 Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim.
Again:
JST Matthew 5
21 Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so to do, he shall in no wise be saved in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach these commandments of the law until it be fulfilled, the same shall be called great and shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven.
22 For I say unto you, except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
D&C 82:10 I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.
Therefore, if you break one of the least of the commandments in the Sermon on the Mount, and teach men to break it, you shall bind the Lord to his word and you shall in no wise be saved in the kingdom of heaven.

Here are four commandments in the Sermon that men break, and teach others to break.

1. Give to every man who asks (Luke 6:30; Matt 5:42; 3 Nephi 12:42).
2. Do not ask for your stuff back from anyone who takes it (Luke 6:30).
3. Lend to everyone who asks, do not ask for it back (Luke 6:30), and hope that you do not get paid back (Luke 6:34-35; Matt 5:42; 3 Nephi 12:42).
4. Do not build up storage for yourself in this world of anything which can be corrupted or stolen, but instead give your excess substance to the poor (Matt 6:19-20; 3 Nephi 13:19-20).

The Lord did not command “give only to them in need.” He commanded that we give to every man that asks. Those who therefore do not give to every man that asks, and teach that the Lord’s commandment - give to every man that asks - should be construed as “give only to them in need” are thereby binding the Lord to his word and shall not be saved in the kingdom of heaven unless they repent.

Remember: the sin of the scribes and Pharisees was that they said, and did not do.