Monday, November 24, 2014

Response to MrHFMetz

What I Believe Come Out of Babylon Means


MrHFMetz

Whoops! Maybe I jumped gun and made a wrong assumption about what you were trying to say.

You've hit a hot button with me, please don't make assumptions as to my verbal intent, I mean what I say next in all charity. I come by it honestly, and yes I'm pretty biassed, but perhaps not without reason. I'll let you judge.

To give you some context of me, I'm now 41 years old, a carpenter, horse trainer and farrier among other things.  I'm RLDS, and yes, you're right! Nobody much talking about coming out of Babylon, very few discussing what coming out of Babylon means. Not in conferences, not at church meetings, zip zilch, nada! Sad to hear the LDS aren't either! To bad!

My education about coming out of Babylon comes purely from how the Lord God has worked with me and my family.

When I was about 4 years old, my parents were told by the Lord to move. Did God tell dad and my mother to go to a well populated, educated, and corrupted Independence MO. or Zion? Nope! Did He command us to go to any of the stakes round about? Nope!

Did God tell my parents to go to a worldly and sophisticated Salt Lake Utah, or area round about? Nope! God directed my parents into the wilderness. Why?

Because my family, like the Israelites of old, needed to learn how to live off the Garden as God originally intended. We needed time to be nurtured by a Wild, all Powerful God Whom does not mess around. In the cities people play games and survive. In the wilderness, if I let a yea be insincere, and a nay be a lie, I'm dead. If I lie to myself or to the wilderness, if I repent not and quickly, I'm a dead man. Men cannot play games in God's Kingdom. Or they're dead men. Hence why the Animal Kingdom is so tough and seemingly brutal. In God's creation a yea is a yea, and nay means no! 

 (This is what I  know now, but didn't know 35 years ago when we moved here) God has a way of letting people figure out for themselves what He intends.

We as a family have discovered God walks in the wilderness. And because of wilderness proximity, we cannot help but be exposed to God Himself. We have found Him here.

 In ancients texts, many a scholar declares that when God wants to restore order to His people, He does not send them to Satan’s Kingdom, (the world or city) but to the wilderness.

Note the Israelites taken out of worldly Egypt, and led into the wilderness, how after their deliverance Israel idol worshipped the idol of a Bull, "Molech" and the star symbolizing said bull, (which we call the  Star of David today).. Because of Israel’s insistence to idol worship, God allowed most of the Israelites to die in the wilderness excepting a couple. The idol worship continues to this day... So much so, nobody is talking about leaving Babylon, but turning the blind eye, saying all is well in Zion. 

Incidentally, most of scriptures great men, were men of the wilderness. King David a shepherd, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and all those Prophets whom hid themselves in "clefts in the rock" while the enemy of the city and world tried to hunt them and kill them.

Jesus, before His ministry, the missing 18 years, which nobody seems to know about, went somewhere... Could it have involved wilderness? Why not? Because under duress and stress, He repaired to the Wilderness to receive new order and direction from the Lord God. Only to be tempted by the devil in the wilderness.. What did the devil offer? Cities, palaces, places of power and worldly prestige. And Jesus refused them. Why? Could it possibly mean that had Jesus accepted, He would have been cut off from the Lord's Presence and Power?

While John the Baptist initially in scriptural description looks like a City dweller,  John like the Australian Aborigines, ate locusts for dinner, not necessarily a city boy food. Butter and Honey did Jesus eat, that He would know to discern between good and evil. All country boy actions and foods.

When America was young, it should be noted it was for the most part, a nation of wilderness as were it's peoples.

Also note, the pilgrims left their captivity in "civilized" England, leaving a highly developed dark age civilization, designed to enslave and oppress men. These pilgrims, along with our Protestant forefathers not only left Babylon as they new it, but were taking a huge leap of faith, sending themselves into a unknown wilderness continent. From their leap of faith, was born and ordered the greatest nation upon the face of the earth.

It should be noted the Restoration Movement was founded in the Wilderness.

Where were the plates hidden that were given Joseph Smith? In the Wilderness.

 Where did Joseph Smith have his Grove Experience? In the wilderness of course.

Where was the Church of Jesus Christ founded and originated from? Cabins in the Wilderness...

Isaiah writes:

 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there can be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

The above passage makes it clear, men need to be alone in the midst of the earth, Adam and Eve both needed to be alone, to walk with their God and seek after Him daily. This privacy and uninterrupted intimacy with God, cannot be found, excepting in the wilderness. (my personal opinion of course)

It's hard to hear the still small voice amid semi trucks, sirens, murder and chaos. It's hard to have peace inside ourselves, when the News blares endless tails of doom. Peace, what we all need so desperately, is in the wilderness.  

A time is coming when the great cities of the earth shall be cut off.
Remember the Lord often moves His people in advance of calamity? The story of 1st Nephi... 

Isaiah
5:9 In mine ears said the Lord of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, and great and fair cities without inhabitant.

My relationship and love for the wilderness, is because I have lived and learned all my most important life lessons in the wilderness. This love has  caused me to note the scriptures of III Nephi where the Lord's people will be commanded:

III Nephi, RLDS

78 And then shall they say, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace: that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

79 And then shall a cry go forth, Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch not that which is unclean; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.

80 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel shall be your rearward.

Or the D&C which says:

RLDS DC 38:9e And go ye out from among the wicked. Save yourselves. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Even so. Amen.

But go where?

The evidences I have given you is sparse, but I would testify the Scriptural evidence is massive, man is to go into the wilderness for refuge.



This is not say there are no cities, but the cities and villages I picture, have lot's of tree's,parks and gardens, places to be alone with God. 

It is my testimony that I and our family, must learn by exposure to God's creation, how to adopt the habits, and the likeness of the Mighty God, the Lion of Israel.

And It is my plea, that all reconsider Isaiah 30's opening statement, about a rebellious people the Lord God calls His own "Children" whom turned their backs upon Him, walking back down into "Egypt" or the world.

It is my contention, that until the Restoration fully accepts all that is God, they cannot come to know the great and mighty God, not in truth, nor in power. Not until they accept all forms and manifestations of Himself in all things, both temporal and Spiritual.

If I trust God, then I will refuse the hospitals, and trust in Herbs for my health. I will refuse Taco Bell, and eat a carrot made by the Masters Hand. I will eat all foods made by the God without hands, that my own hands and body shall not wither and die, but have everlasting strength, to the "renewing of my body".

In a nutshell, for every lotion, potion, treatment, and experimental equation the "experts of Babylon" try to sell us, God has a natural and more powerful equivalent, will will heal us all of every ill.

If we will return unto Him. The God of the earth, the sky, and the seas.

For myself, this means I revoke the tame, unclean civilization of man, and fully accept the wild realities of a pure and Holy God. He is exciting, never ending, the learning curve is high, but the paybacks I have experiences are wonderful!

And I urge all men to as much as possible to do the same...

I have, and have been healed for it.


God Bless You! 













    

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Truth About Ebola?

Dear Reader,

If the United States Government held a Google patent on an Ebola virus, would you want to know about that? If Google Patents actually has the recorded patent, would you like to see it? If a Liberian Scientist claims testing of Ebola Virus/"Vacinations" upon live human subjects was being conducted by the U.S. and Canada, as early as January 2014 of this year, would you be curious?

Is it pure coincidence the same area in Africa, where the Ebola outbreak originated from, happens to be the same area in Africa where live testing of black Africans for syphilis and Gonorrhoea happened in World War 2?

These are information links to raw data with rare real times quotes on the subject we have not seen released into the news media. They are more informative that all the news stories we've heard. . . Please read.   

(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as "EboBun." It's patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here. (Thanks to Natural News readers who found this and brought it to our attention.)


Google Patents Confirms:

Human ebola virus species and compositions and methods thereof
CA 2741523 A1

Abstract
Compositions and methods including and related to the Ebola Bundibugyo virus (EboBun) are provided.
Compositions are provided that are operable as immunogens to elicit and immune response or protection from EboBun challenge in a subject such as a primate. Inventive methods are directed to detection and treatment of EboBun infection.

http://www.google.com/patents/CA2741523A1?cl=en

U.S. is Responsible for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Liberian Scientist

Dr. Cyril Broderick, A Liberian scientist and a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry says the West, particularly the U.S. is responsible for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Broderick claims the following in an exclusive article published in the Daily Observer based in Monrovia, Liberia. He wrote the following:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/a-liberian-scientist-claims-the-u-s-is-responsible-for-the-ebola-outbreak-in-west-africa/5408459



"The level of outbreak is beyond anything we've seen - or even imagined."
- Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

"It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets."
- Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders


"The reason Ebola has exploded beyond containment in West Africa is because governments there are utterly unable to contain it.
"What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time."

- Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, printed in the New York Times on Sep. 11, 2014 


Learn the truth about how Ebola spreads through the air... 

[1] http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/09/11/ebola-is...


"In 2012, a team of Canadian researchers proved that Ebola Zaire, the same virus that is causing the West Africa outbreak, could be transmitted by the respiratory route from pigs to monkeys, both of whose lungs are very similar to those of humans." 
 
- Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, printed in the New York Times on Sep. 11, 2014 

"This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity."

- Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council 

"The current Ebola virus’s hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years."

- Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, printed in the New York Times on Sep. 11, 2014


 
On July 31, 2014, for example, President Obama signed executive order 13674: 

Which allows the U.S. federal government to arrest and quarantine any person who shows symptoms of infectious disease.

 [1] This executive order allows federal agents to forcibly arrest and quarantine anyone showing symptoms of:
...Severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled. 


"Liberia is facing a serious threat to its national existence. It is now spreading like wild fire, devouring everything in its path. The already weak health infrastructure of the country has been overwhelmed... The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the normal functioning of our State."

 

 Ebola can be easily harvested and released as a bioweapon

http://www.naturalnews.com/2-Ebola-virus-bioweapons-terrorism-cities-pandemic-weaponized.html


What to Do About Ebola and How to Prepare

11 horrifying truths about Ebola the government doesn't want you to know
by
S.D. Wells

http://www.naturalnews.com/2-Ebola-truths-pandemic-outbreak-preparedness-you-need-to-know.html

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Message to PureMormonism reader "Anonymous"

Dear Anonymous Reader,

Jesus said we are judged by our words. It is out of the abundance of my own personal grief and frustration with all branches of the Restoration, my mouth speaks. I'm not personally condemning anyone. But voicing my own cry for what is right, but has been trampled by men.

We rob the poor because of our fine sanctuaries. Our worldly temples, fine cloths, fast cars, yet forget that God made us to be different!

God made us in His image, to be tender, lovers, peacemakers, innovators, developers, and servants of each other according to each our personal skills and gifts. To serve as the Holy Ghost leads! 

For as I beg God for the rain, for the harvest, for my nurture and support, so should I also give to those whom beg for the same like support. IN this, I become like God! In this, should I not give to those in need, I am condemned, becoming like the enemy!

Operating as God intended, the Body of Christ is a perfect Celestial immune system. A healthy body is never poor in any part of it! Because if properly fed, (as the Saints should be but are not yet) every cell in that body is doing it's personally assigned job to maintain the health of the (growing) body, according to the laws of God! Should Christ's Church be any different?

The Revolution the Restoration was supposed to bring, rejuvenation, reunification to Christ's people, to strengthen and teach the principles of true spiritual unity, equality, and love. to teach all men to learn the ever demanding discipline of peace! To beat their swords into ploughshares is only the kindergarten, square 1 basics. To be one with oneself, being one, even as the Father and the Son are one.

But what does being one mean?

Said differently, the Apostle Paul, in his many letters to the church, often spoke about the battle over temptation which rages within. Paul was speaking about the incongruence of self. Telling us the physical man if not trained in good carnal disciplines, will rule the spiritual man, instead of the other way around. Leaving members of the church struggling, wave tossed and double minded in their deeds.

The Restoration's purpose was to teach the people the power of the Carnal (Aaronic) and the Spiritual (Melkezedic) Laws. For if the carnal man cannot obey the carnal laws of God, how can he or she obey the higher, more Godly spiritual laws?


The Beginnings of Self Maintenance

Can One Expect His Or Her Prayers Answered if their words and deeds don't match?

Without congruent agreement between the deeds of body, and the conscious awareness of the spirit, what created being have access to the throne of God through prayer, and hope to be heard?

I must not only honour God with my lips, but also with my deeds. The carnal and the Spiritual must mesh in line, if they are real, and truly of God. Each manifest together in agreement with the other. 

When the carnal (temporal) laws, and the spiritual (Melkezedic) disagree, we see, a split people, a split church, nearly powerless and almost impotent of true authority. Meaning the confirming presence of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is vacant.

I found prayer becomes more powerful, when my deeds of repentance, back my words. When I obey the commandments, keeping the laws of God, not for brownie points with the church, but because I wish  to be heard in heaven, and hope Heaven will respond to my plea of support.

Then there is credibility, because I have taken the time to try to craft within myself, something God will see and be able to honour when I ask my petition. Better yet, if I hear the Lords Spirit, and repent, doing as He directs me to pray, my obedient repentance and life change decisions, increase chances of my prayer being answered.   

The Restoration was supposed to teach us all the art and high personal discipline of Temporal/Spiritual self control... That we may serve and love one another to new life, that the dead may rise, the sick be healed, the poor be given, the hungry fed, the prisoners be set free, and the needs of the "whole body" be served.

The Ministry Gap???

If I cannot command my own body to new and vibrant life in Christ, how can I raise the dead and heal the sick? I cannot knowingly, or unknowingly eat foods and poisons daily, then expect God to wamp me with spiritual power to heal ourselves or others at the last miraculous moment. God does not reward dysfunctional behavior with heavenly attention.    


Can a man obey the Higher Spiritual Laws? If he continually chooses to break the carnal, lesser temporal laws of cause and affect? Can a man work out his salvation with Christ, if I continually kill myself temporally on a daily basis? "For in as much as I do it, unto the least of these my brethren, I've done it unto me"...

 What if the Least of These My Brethren Starts With Me?
 Could I treat my body badly, like I treat the least of these my brethren? Will I not do the same to Christ as I do to myself? Will I not do to my brethren, as I do to my own body? My body which is "Christ's Temple" , will I not do the same to my church?

This is Called the power of the "Carry Over Effect"...

If I do good in one area, that discipline transfers to eventually effect every area of my life in due time. If I do evil in 1 area, the same carry over effect will apply, making other good areas in my life evil. Or we have the Restoration, partly good partly evil, cancelling each other out. Salt which has lost it's savour.  

Hence the scripture God cannot tolerate sin, even in the "least degree" See D&C. The reason is the Carry Over Effect.  

 Stewardship is stewardship. While many will argue the point, let's use myself as an example... If I let my teeth rot out because of my poor tooth care habits, chances are good my checking account balance and relationship with God probably look the same way. Again, the Carry Over Effect from 1 area, begins to effect every area of my life.

Yet Stewardship is learning how to live in the Kingdom of God. Stewardship is not some kind of hoop jumping people must do to be good "Mormons" or impress an imperfect and most times, impotent, un-prophetic priesthood. Stewardship is not just about money, and sending your tithes of 10%.... Money does not make one a steward. Indeed it's easier for a camel to walk through a needles eye than a rich man to what?
Brother believe me, many rich men can steward money, but they'll still go to hell because they forsake the needs of their fellow man.       

The Restoration has faltered! Not because there cannot be power, or celestial learning ordained by God, but because men and women of the Restoration, in our pride, seek to use the story of Joseph Smith and Company, to their own self aggrandizement and profit! Not the least of these has to do with money! Yes I said money!

This is purely my observations... 

Or members of the Restoration, (I am guilty myself of this) want to like cheerleaders, saying yay yay Raah Raah! "We're the Restoration", "we're God's special people" while polishing our finger nails with an air of self indulgent importance. Something I never think God intended....

All at the great expense and physical/temporal/spiritual slaughter of not just the Saints, but all mankind as we labour in great bondage to our sins,

 For if Zion had happened, would the Middle East be in the trouble it's in? If Christ were here teaching, would the United States be what it has become? And would the Restoration be practically dead of Godly Power, or spiritually authority?

The Glory (power) of God cannot come, to a people who will not repent and prepare themselves to accept it in the manner God wishes to give it. The Kingdom cannot come to a people who will not temporally prepare themselves so they will not defile the Kingdom and Kingdom way of life spiritually.

If the Kingdom comes before we Saint's are ready, we're dead!

 That's an ugly, but well prophesied fact! Remember 3 Nephi, Christ's 1st coming to the Americas, is type and shadow of Christ's Second Coming. Coming to a backyard near us if we don't repent and get real in our personal walk with God.

This is God's Holy Land! Never shall the unclean and defiled come into it again... But to get there, the land shall have to be cleansed. Only a remnant shall be left. (read your Book of Mormon and D&C, they say so) 

Only in Zion and in Jerusalem will be Safety. 
The only safety in Zion for the Saints, will be if those saints like the Jebusites of the Bible, stand still in their strength. The Lord God is our light life and strength. If we will not, "be still and know I Am God", few if any Saint's will be left. Zion is only as safe, as the Saint's choose to be. If we choose to be a wicked and abominable people around others, we soon shall become and endangered and extinct people. If we choose to repent and become a safe, peace loving people, making ourselves personally safe and edifying comfort to all around us, as led by the Holy Ghost we shall have safety in Zion.      

The Focus, is and should be the deep personal discipline, of self examining repentance. Coupled with a REAL relationship with Jesus Christ who is our Light, He whom allows us to see ourselves. Emmanuel! God Within US! He allows us to see ourselves for what we are, and He shows us how to change ourselves, if we're sincerely willing to do so. 

We must forsake our idols, become still inside, and begin to follow the Holy Ghost, who will not only say, but do His will for their personal lives.

An Idol, is anything we give more time to than God and our walk with Him. T.V., Nintendo, X-Boxes, Food, Bad News, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, B.S. can be idols. The Internet can be an Idol, shopping can be worshipped, movie theatres an holy shrine which defiles the mind.

Some people worship their own arms legs, or the tattoos on them. I'm not sure which. 

Some people worship and idolize their church. Rather than the God of their church. 

Many a Saint I've heard tell me of their health woes beyond what is appropriate. After about the second or third time of telling, I usually get the message. But some people really get into how bad their life is, rather than repenting and doing something which makes us themselves and all of us together more effective and healthful servants to God's Kingdom.

A saint's time is to be spent with and determining the will of God for their lives. It's fun! It's empowering! It's an adventure!

We must not do man's will, not the Prophets will, not the Apostles will, not the President of Seventy or the Bishops will, though we obey the laws of the land, not the governments will.. But we do the will and desire of the Holy Ghost! And we must! Because only the Holy Ghost/Jesus Christ, can teach us all what we each personally need to know, not just to heal our body, but also heal Christ's body, in doing so, we must first seek to heal our own body and spirit which constructs our soul. 


Only God knows our answer to enable our healing.

Only a relationship with God, through Christ can give us our answers. Fake church will not do. Pseudo religion just makes God mad!

A sincere and praying people, who's only care is about what God thinks, will save this world, this church or what's left of it, and a remnant of this people who take God seriously. (I'm not deciding who)

If we're sincere, then the people of this world, and this church, will not only know us by our love, but by our DO! They will know us each by our personal dedication to peace, our tough disciplined, peaceful action. Doing peace, in the face of a warlike enemy is tough! But the only way.  

Not just in relationship with man, but in our relationship with God also. To carry off the task of inner personal peace, we must forsake the carnal, meaning we regulate the carnal only to good and moderate behaviours. Otherwise we won't regulate ourselves with the deeply destructive spiritually bad behaviours. (again the Carry Over Effect)
Using that which is carnal to the health and benefit of man, rather than to lesser destructive behaviours and thinking.     

Our relationship with God/ through Christ, requires we take upon ourselves the same acts of kindness, diet patterns, fasting patterns, cleanliness patterns, health care patterns ect. For if we love not our own body to new life, how can we love the body of Christ to a new and everlasting life?

Remember the Original Sin started with nourishment?  I changed my life, by changing my diet, taking upon myself the Old and New Testament dietary laws. After all, how is it the Restoration can teach that God changes not, Malichi 3:6 in selling skeptics the Book of Mormon, but decide it's OK to eat pork?

Well does God change his laws or not? I found out personally a clean diet as God originally commanded helps me see God.

Priesthood cannot preach spiritual powerful, impact-full sermons, work miracles or raise the dead, when their personal stewardship habits give them obesity and heart disease, landing them in intensive care units.

The above sounds terrible uncharitable of me right? But let's think about this! When overweight priests instruct the membership of a Restoration Church how to loose weight, who's going to take them seriously? Yet to this day, we talk Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the Restoration, but rare is there power seen in the church as was with Joseph Smith, where Peter, James, and John and John the Baptist came and taught the church. Perhaps even Christ Himself. So what has changed? And why has it changed? Is it possible we have greater light and knowledge than the rest of the world, but do not practise it? Does God ignore an obedient church and priesthood?



How can I give you something I never had? Many of us in the Restoration try to spiritually communicate and give to others the Ever Lasting Gospel. Something we've never spiritually "magnified" and
mastered for personal ourselves. For had we mastered the gospel, we should be able to do many mighty works!

Those of us having never truly bought the true everlasting gospel goods for ourselves, shows people we're not serious. This little slip of theological logic the worlds is quick to observe in us.

What has the church become today? We talk Saintly Restoration, we attempt to teach the scriptures, but our acts are hollow, like Heathens. (yes I'm correct, heathens are zealously religious)

Because we honour God with our lips, but not with our actions... We have a church void of the Power of God. Void, excepting in the small degree that God will confirm the Book of Mormon as His Word to those who actively ask Him. We forget there is a world out there, desperately searching for  their own self congruent identity. The worlds people often feel inside there should be a God, but they also feel inside that God must, like themselves be congruent and without hypocrisy. He should be at peace, a master of Himself, in control and they desperately feel they should also feel that way in their own lives, but do they not. They will not except a church or an idea of a god who waffles in ideologies. They know this because by their own experience, the world system has taught them to be either hot or cold. To do or quite. No half way acts are acceptable.

A world who understands that if they don't like their situation, they must repent, get a college degree, get a G.E.D. a certification, a trade school education, something that empowers them to overcome their life problems and situations. The world knows that any true church of God, also must have a minimum of of repentance required of them. Their must be great power also. To enable them, to empower them, to assist with their repentance.

We as Saint's have gotten lost in " Archaeological Evidences for the Book of Mormon", proving Book of Mormon Geology, and showing Joseph Smith "was to a prophet. Others of us, can get lost in who has "true priesthood authority". None of this matters to the world. Nor frankly, to God... I'm not saying there isn't true priesthood authority, nor am I saying Book of Mormon geography or archaeology is not important. Each is part of the whole picture. But only a small part.  

Common! When a starving man needing a sandwich on the street is shown a Book of Mormon map, do you really think he's going to be interested? Or should we give him according to his need?

The world only cares about 1 thing. How to improve their lives, overcome their fears, personal health and spiritual problems. The peoples of the world may not even know what their problems are, they just know they have them... They know a change of repentance is necessary.

Who Get's Attracted to an Unrepentant Church?
Magnifying a Gospel of Un-Repentance

When an unrepentant Church of the Restoration seeks to evangelize people of the world, those people who will most gravitate to those unrepentant priests and members,  will also be unrepentant. Because the "good people of the  world" will know better, for even in their worldly state, they know the voice of the Good Shepherd, and "no other will they follow". End result a church of many hardened hearts get's built. Not by Jesus, but by man. A Church of men with some sincere, but unfed people mixed in. This should not be.

To Accomplish the Restoration Mission the Church Must Repent To Raw Transparency.  
 
This self discipline of repentance which I speak. Is to be real in our walk, with God, with all men, with our families and our communities. Not just to ask God "is the Book of Mormon from you", but to ask God, how should I live my daily life in view of the Book of Mormon? The repentance I speak, is that we ask God, and then do what He tells us, take action upon the answer He gives us.    

 True Repentance requires a deep unstoppable desire, a burning curiosity to know God at all costs to self. The willingness to search, to question all boundaries, stereotypes, and ideals. Above all, to personally be honest, to question ourselves about what we really know about God.

We the Restoration churches are poor by our own choices, and the world is more poor and even more desperate because of our own corporate disobedience to God. We in the land of Zion and of Zion (Independence MO.) have not yet bothered to "lift the yoke from off our necks" (see 2 Nephi and 3 Nephi 12) " "oh captive daughter of Zion"
But we have chosen to languish in captivity, walking down into the ways of Egypt. (the world) See Isaiah chapter 30.


I grew up in this church called the Restoration, and I believed in it and still do. But oh the personal mistakes I've made, the pain I've personally experience, because of the failure of what was supposed to be a Holy Church of God, and a Holy, spiritually educating Priesthood. Were they not supposed to feed and educate the flock? Have they? Sometimes yes, many times no! That is my opinion. But the scriptures also bear my own story.

It ticks me off to think about it!

Yes my sins are my fault. I'm not responsible for the sins of my fathers! My only responsibility to the sins of my father's is to stop them from manifesting in me. The buck stops here with me. In each our personal lives, the proverbial buck stops with us all. Which is why I write this post.



 

 


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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Trap of War

My Personal Thoughts Which I'm Currently Processing.


War! What is war?


In my book, war is insisting I'm right, at the expense of my brother human beings quality of life, freedom of choice, or even his or her personal freedom.

War is a technique to keep people under control, prolong their enslavement, keep our attentions diverted, that the world government and religious system might get and maintain power over us.

If peace is total love and acceptance, while meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters, in spite of their sinful mishaps, as the Holy Ghost leads us, then war is the exact opposite.

War is where we seek to hurt our fellow man, in spite of his or her needs for peace, love, and security in knowing their needs will be met.

But what is war?


Competition is war. Years ago, I became one of the top youth horsemen in the nation. I trained my own show horses and road them. I was so driven to win, I was blind to what I actually was doing to my fellow man.

By seeking to compete to win a blue ribbon, a prestigious trophy or belt buckle, I was in the business of tearing down my fellow man for my personal, selfish agrandizement. Tearing down my brother showman and show women in spite of their needs to feel like a winner also.

Every human being has the God given right to have their needs met. Please notice I did not say "have their wants met". I said, "every human being has the right to have their needs met". It's a God given right.

When a human being's needs are met, there is peace. The adversary has much less to little power to tempt, because the human spirit is much more void of desperation and fear, which causes men and women to do unwise things.

The western world has raised war to an art form.

Sportsmen of all kinds, seeking the big money, and prestige, jockey for position and advantage over each other. Even to the point they kill each other in unfortunate accidents.

Politicians in the name of freedom of choice, have raised gossip, slander, lies and back bighting to ever higher levels of semi believable perfection. They manipulate we the masses, dividing and splitting the national vote into mincemeat! To the point Bill Clinton won the presidency (second term) with just 12,000,000 million votes!

Churches and ministers, when not infighting over who's right and who's wrong, fight as individual church denominations, against each other as to whom has the most correct doctrine, or "authority" from Heaven. Never minding the needs of the sincere members and participating people who just want to know and better communicate with God at a basic level, that their spiritual needs might be met.

Our education system is a war also. The education system works on the principle there are only "so many scholarships"... The system force students, all whom are worthy of the best education as the next man, to jockey and compete for what every man should be able to have freely, even though it may still cost money.

The Work Place by default is a war. When one business is not competing to kill their competition by doing more for less, ( such as Wal-Mart) the low pay to the employee's keeps people working, even though they really cannot afford to keep their job.

The Rich, Wealthy, keep the squeeze on the middle class and poor, paying them just enough to keep them working, but never to much as to make anyone truly financially free and independent. To many entrepreneurial middle class, and the system would be busted wide open. So every several years, a market crash is arranged. This keeps the poor and middle class hopping, desperate, and dependent upon those in control.   

In a nutshell, the system forces us all to in one way or other, prey upon each other. The strong upon the weak, and when the weak cannot take any more abuse, the weak rise up in corporate mass rebellion. Though the weak are justified in their ire, they in the long run commit the sin of forcing the strong to become weak, or worse, take the lives of the wealthy and powerful who are in control.  Something that is wrong.

Setting the foundation for the cycle to repeat all over again.

Peace Can Reign 
When needs are met, such as feeding a hungry man a sandwich, or helping a desperate housewife with the kids and laundry, working to heal the sick, to administer to those afflicted in all ways, needs get met. People receive relief!

Housewives, marriages, children’s lives, and the inner dignity of men and women are preserved. Because they know somebody cares, that some body loves them.

When This Happens

The adversary looses power, because God's people are acting like Christ's immune system. After all is not this church of Christ supposed to be called the "Body of Christ"? Are not the members of Christ's church supposed to support, edify and meet the needs of each other?

In every Church of Christ, the membership and Priesthood are to meet with each other, and confess to each other their sins and struggles. Transparent to each other, all may see, witness and know each other, to be able to share with and edify each other, that each others needs might be met. That compassion might be stirred up. The needful opportunity to love and respond to each others needs in a Godly and appropriate way, might be encouraged.

But This Is Hard! 

The paradigm, meeting peoples needs is hard work. Paradoxically, it takes a soft, well disciplined heart. A person who not only can speak transparently, in all vulnerability, but a person who can listen also without feeling defensive.

It Only Takes 1 Man To Change the World  

Joseph Smith was just 1 man, but he, willing to do the will of God and meet the needs of man, changed the world forever.

By the sin of 1 man, (Adam) all men were condemned.

By the Righteousness of 1 man (Christ) all men can be redeemed who believe on Him. The kicker is we the Church of Christ are called to like Christ, meet the needs of all mankind.


It only takes 1 to make a difference!



 
     
       


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Subject of Priesthood Authority


A Letter To Rock-
The Subject of Priesthood Authority




 Rock,  

I'm sorry but you've hit my pet peeve hot button! 

 I don't think the word authority as we use it today in reference to priesthood is the correct word. Not because it's the wrong word, but because of the hardness of our hearts and attitudes in how we view God and what we think God calls authority.

First off, anybody who thinks in those word terms (having authority from God) is setting themselves up to play God. The idea I now have authority to act in the stead of Jesus Christ is a selfish narcissistic dream. To my thinking it's a lie. The thought should never enter my mind that (I have authority) Here is why. 

Yes Jesus did say ( I have chosen you and ordained you), yes Jesus did choose His priesthood. Jesus gave His priesthood spiritual responsibility to look after and tend the sheep... But His Priesthood also have a responsibility, to emulate the same relationship with Jesus/God as Jesus demonstrated between Himself and His Father. 

Jesus also said He could do nothing of Himself, but that which was of His Father in Heaven. Jesus had no power, except that which was given Him of the Father. Same likewise to the priesthood.

Jesus did not come to testify of himself, but of the Father in Heaven. Jesus came to do the father's will on earth as in heaven. Jesus was lowest of the low. In a nutshell, Jesus didn't do squat, unless the Father told Him to. So should also the priesthood...

This is the same type and shadow of how the priesthood should act, and how they should perceive themselves as having authority. But not authority, rather responsibility. Priesthood Responsibility... Because if I mess up as a priest, it's my rear end on the line with God, not yours or the memberships. 

The word authority often conveys the idea of kingship, or power over something or somebody, to which all others are subject too. . . When really the true meaning should convey the responsibility of a shepherd/farmer/servant, who loyally, lovingly, guards and tends to the flock for his Creator.

However to properly tend the flock, demands much from the servant, it costs him personally and dearly, it may even kill him, Priesthood responsibility might cause marriage problems, time problems, problems of all sorts for that individual servant. The priesthood calling and ordination, is a covenant responsibility with blessings of extra power, wisdom, stamina attached, ( upon obedience to gospel principles as taught said priest by the Holy Ghost) not because the person receiving these special gifts and blessings is super spiritual special, but because he's weak and unable to serve without the extra spiritual help get him through. Said another way, it's God's way of reimbursement for those souls who will be sorely challenged in body and spirit for the building of His Kingdom.

The idea of having authority is a misnomer concept. The priesthood calling in the restoration is that certain men have been given permission by ordination, as having authority given them by God, to personally answer His calling as priesthood,  to do as the Doctrine and Covenants says "magnify themselves and their priesthood calling" (my own paraphrasing)...  All true! But....!


They must first attain the gospel, magnify that gospel within their own personal lives and in their families lives. They must personally prepare to be told by God when to go out and preach, teach ect. Unfortunately, most Restoration Priesthood of all kinds, believe once Elder's or Priest's hands have been "clapped" upon them, they can open their mouths... That also is a lie. We are not supposed to open our mouths, unless told to by the Father... Otherwise, we make the Lord's word void...

Rock I could say I have priesthood authority, but I never think of it that way. It's a dangerous, dangerous, dangerous thing to do. To think one has authority to do God's will, (because that's the implication" when we say "I have authority given me from God" is like walking up to the Ark of the Covenant and touching it! 

Saying those 4 dangerous words ( I have priesthood authority) to my view kills any priesthood authority I might have. It's not about my being humble in front of others, but humble in front of my own eyes and before God. 

Which is why I think there is very little power in the Restoration today. 

We have forgotten that Joseph Smith for many, years, was visited by an angel, he was taught and trained by that angel in spiritual discipline. Joseph Smith had to spiritually prepare, to magnify and receive his calling of responsibility to be prophet to the church. Indeed Joseph was first ordained a lowly Aaronic Priest. Becoming a prophet does not happen over night! You don't just wake up and say "I'm going to be a Prophet today"! All priests must hoe the full row of responsibility. There are no exceptions!

Nor can a humble priest (myself) think he's going to preach the gospel with power, never having attained or magnified and manifest the gospel with power within his own life and that of his family.

We Restoration priesthood must get our own houses, and family lives in order first.... Before directing the Church membership and world at large how to get their own houses in order.


To often, we make ourselves spiritual hypocrites, we tow the corporate church “party line”, instead of God's true calling for our lives. We as a priesthood are not understanding we are being watched by a scrutinizing world. A world who understands better than we Restoration Priesthood, that walk and talk need to be congruent, not only to say, but do.

When Michael Jordan's self discipline and hang time in the air is longer than many Restoration priesthood's relationship with the angels of Heaven, the Restoration Movement as a whole, needs to sit up and take note, to look at ourselves, and realize we've blown it big time! 

We the Church are supposed to be taught from on high! To be taught from on high like the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants teach
es, we priests must become in our own eyes, less than the dirt we tread upon. For even the dirt obeys God in all things. 

Like you I don't like the semantics of how people speak about priesthood authority. It's almost like they're being a respecter of persons. On the other hand they have a point also. But their testimony is poorly lived, so their arguments lack weight, and their attitudes lack humility. 

I can show you what those people are meaning, but I must also say I sympathize with your views to a strong degree.

After all, This is Jesus Church, it's "The Church" and the church should be 1 body.
This is how I feel... But I cannot make others repent, only myself. I cannot make other people want to change their lives, their actions, their speech patterns, so they line up in congruency with one another and with God.

I cannot change others, only myself so that I am as self congruent as God made me to be. My hope is God will see and accept my self sacrifice, not only to say, but do God's will in Heaven and on earth. Hopefully, if I've humbled myself to His standards, (where He and I are speaking to each other regularly) I won't just be a priest called by Him to minister. Rather the Father will see I've have taken up my cross, magnified my ministry at home, That I will be called “Chosen” by God Himself, not chosen by my own will, self perceptions or by my personal intelligence.

But chosen by the Father, because I value my relationship with Him, earning me the status of loyal follower, servant, and hopefully friend of the Master.





God Bless 

Brian Marshall 
Priest of the Reorganized Branch of the Restoration. 


P.S.

I have more to say, but I should stop for now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trust Not In Man

A Reply To A Pure Mormonism Reader

The key to life is not to trust in man, but to trust in God only.

I think you already know the answers to your own questions, but are unsure of yourself, or how to proceed.

For that I have some instruction/advice for you. Take what I have to say which is good and applicable to you, leave the rest. Don't trust to much in me, I'm a man. Trust in God. 

  1. Take those same words and feelings, you placed upon Pure Mormonism blog in direct question to me, instead take them to your God daily for as long as it takes to get an answer, and let Him counsel you. ( I repeat: For as long as it takes to get an answer) 
  2. Talk to God about your own sins, seek to get understanding from Him about your own personal errors. As He instructs you and you see yourself better, you will see others more accurately and know what to do.
 Note:

In the ancient Greek, the word sin: ( is an archery term) which means to miss ones target.

Note: In ancient days, anyone who picked up a bow, knew how to aim one. So "to sin" means they missed their target knowingly. They looked at a substitute target, and let fly their arrow. One cannot sin, unless they are educated that there is a God. If we know there is a God, we likely know some of His rules for life. Therefore if we sin, we do so out of rebellion. Either because we do not understand fully what we do, or we understand all to well, and have chosen against God.

Life a Contradictory Paradox...?

Life is not about refraining from the negatives or "sin". (Yes we are to refrain from sin, I'm not saying sin is good) Life is not about, "not doing badly". 

Life is about doing well, doing good. Living excellently, and in the positive attitude in God's eyes. But what does that mean? (It means follow the Holy Spirit) To learn to follow the Holy Spirit we must make mistakes- or said another way, we sin.

 Mistakes are the bumpy road to salvation. By stumbling we learn. We kinda already know the answers, but are unsure if we're right. So even though we sorta know, we often let man or woman convince us away from what we already intuitively know.

We kick ourselves later when we find out our intuition was right all along. The intuitive is of God. The external often is of the devil. The external is put there to  distract, confuse and divide.  To often we as people pay attention to the external circumstances. The T.V., News Programs,Soap Operas, Television gossip columns, I Phones and over usage of Internet. Our wife’s bad attitude, our hubbies smelly socks on the floor. All can be distractions leading us away from getting with God.

All mentioned and more can be idols, interrupting our communion with the internal, intuitive God.  But if we have life in us, this sin will hurt terribly. Which we will not want to repeat.  If the sin of avoiding the internal knowledge which God places within us does not hurt, then we have become hardened, to tough skinned to feel the "pricks of the Holy Spirit" and we should be very deeply in fear of our plight. 

No mistake, if you Mr. Hubby are leaving smelly socks on the floor, your wife has a right to be mad at you... Especially if she always has to pick up after you. Smelly socks on floors are an an example, external indicator of an inwardly slothful condition.

Dysfunctional stewardship, leading to floor bound smelly socks, mad wives and husbands running for their lives, create really bad external distractions, and the devil laughs because he has strongholds through which he can spiritually manipulate and play people against each other. 


Sin
Tasting the Bitter to Know the Sweet

We must taste the bitter fruit first, that we may know which fruit which is desirable and sweet above all other fruits.(which is the tree of life)

But often "in church" we are taught to look at the fruit of life, but not partake of the tree of life and receive Heavens power. Indeed, we often are taught to scorn those who do partake of the life giving tree. 

 Discernment can only be taught by mistakes. You make a bad choice, it hurts! You make a good choice and when God pats you on the back, it feels really Good! This is how we learn...  How I learned.

Lack of sin pertaining to negative conditions and circumstances, can only exist in how we treat the negatives... How we choose our attitudes and words, in the face of adversity. (charity) But true lack of sin, can only begin to exist ,if we begin to let go of our sins, and grasp onto those good things (God who is in us) tells us to each personally and pro actively hold onto.  

The paradox: 

we must let go, to receive that which is good, if we never want to sin again.
We must loose our current life to gain our new life.

This can only come by the Holy Spirit's guidance in all things.     


Hiding our Talents
Can lack of sin and lack of good works go hand in hand? 
Yes!
There can exist a lack of sin, and a lack of good works at the same time. (not really, but I'm trying to convey an idea)So it sounds weird right? Weird but sorta true. Let me explain. 

 This is the same as to bury ones talent. You didn't sin according the rule book, but you didn't do anything good either. (as in didn't follow the Holy Spirit) That is my point. (more on this and church later.)   

Only God knows what is good, what is right, what is true, what is accurate.
What we each should do. 

While you may not have intend it so, asking me your questions could be you putting your trust in me. Making me a guru. (essentially making me god).

Unless we speak good of our brother, we are a detractor to our brother, this equates to being an accuser of the brethren, a type and shadow of Satan.
Something I'm sure none of us here reading want to be. It would be better to just keep quite. See James 1:5.

("In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these your brethren, ye have done it unto me").
Transparency and Sin

Where sin and grave hurt has been committed, open transparency is a must, that in the mouths of two or three witnesses every word should be established.(not unto sin, but unto what is righteous and just before God)

This is the meaning of a righteous judge, or to "judge righteous judgement". (see Matthew) (right judgement can only be done by people who listen to the Holy Spirit's voice) Scripturally, only the Holy Spirit allows us to judge righteous judgement. Therefore if we make a judgement call about another person, we must do so by the power of the Holy Ghost. 

A paradox...   

To be one with God, is to be one with yourself. To be one with yourself, you must gain self understanding, which can only come from God. Nobody else can teach you how to be you. Only He who made you, can teach you how to be authentically you. 

The Kingdom is within you. Go within you to find yourself, to find your God, to find your answers. You're body is the temple of God, Jesus is your high priest inside you.

We must all act like Jesus is inside us, we must get very "literal" about God's word. God's word is a lamp unto our feet. It allows us to see just enough ahead of ourselves, within ourselves we won't trip. But no father.

A god in a Box? 

There is no recipe book for righteousness. Those who want a cookie cutter god in the box or book, who want something safe, and comforting are not going to want the God I know.  The God I know is more fierce than a Lion, more dangerous than Lighting! You don't mess with Him! And, He isn't going to mess around with you either! If we're serious about Him, He will love us and take care of us. (if we follow His Spirit). But if we don't hear Him and do His bidding, He'll allow us tp destroy ourselves.   {after all we all have to learn somehow} 

The dynamic situational reality is different for every man and woman on earth. But the one constant is what we are all accountable before God, God is trying to educate us to save our spiritual hides, and we have to learn our lessons.

Nurture Versus Ridicule

The difference between negative and positive is a simple word.

The word is nurture. Nurture is not always pleasant. It can be damnably, heartbreakingly tough to face good nurture from a loving God! It can be tough to learn to be like God. To nurture each other to strive with each other, while being right with God doing so. Not easy! You see we've sold out so often in negative situations, it's second nature to give in to the temptation of being negative, and invalidate others for their valid, but perhaps erroneously shared concerns.

To nurture our spouses, families, and church, we must first nurture ourselves to a right physical (temporal) and spiritual health.
Which can be discerned and attained only by the Power of God.

We must discipline ourselves to call on God daily, that we may have and magnify this power.

By the way, when answers are given, (at least when given to me) no more insight into my life is given, until I obey  and comply with that which the Lord has shared with me firstly. Unless I respond to God's nurturing voice, I'm in trouble. I am the ridicule of the world.

Victim Christianity
Being Used by Our Church
(Fleecing of the Sheep) 

Much of the church today regardless of denomination, teaches a victim style hollow Christianity. A Christianity without power.

We as people, often destroy ourselves through bad habits and dysfunctional behaviour, but do the churches call us each personally to task and repentance for such behaviour? Do they truly give us tool to over come? Or do they give us rule we cannot break?

To truly repent and come unto Christ requires a gift, yes a tool, by which we can leverage ourself away from sin?

For any Church to call me to task for my personal sins, means that minister has to have a relationship mature enough with God in power, that God is telling that minister what my sins are or my repentance needs to be. But do you see this happen much? I sure don't!   

Calling people to hard core repentance doesn't make money... Because it makes members mad! Mad people don't pay. So churches often talk repentance, but the ministry usually does not insist you walk it. For true repentance to work, people must follow the Holy Ghost, the tool which allows all men to overcome sin.

LDS Elders, or Protestant Pastors, all must become humble before God, and the Church, confessing their sins before all. Not something popular to do, if you're supposed to be the "authority on God".

But a hypocritical ministry cannot have power of the Holy Ghost. God will not stand Himself and His laws made a mockery. Like the jilted Husband or wife, God just leaves the Church. Remember God cannot put His people down. He does not browbeat His people into submissive obedience. God wants a true, trust, a true loving relationship. Like a woman, God wants to be truly wanted, but like a dominant, slow to anger man, if He's going to badmouth us, He'll just allow evil to come upon us. Like unto Sodom and Gomorrah.  

Further more, church corporations today, don't want the Holy Ghost involved. A Holy Ghost involved membership, cannot be manipulated. Indeed, if the membership all followed the Holy Ghost as they're supposed to, the story of Paul and Annanias could happen in reverse. Annanias was a member of the ancient church 2000 years ago.  Annanias lied to Paul and to the Holy Ghost, and for that sin, the Holy Ghost dropped Annanias dead on the spot.

What if the Membership was following the Holy Ghost? And the Ministers lied to the membership and to the Holy Ghost? You get my point? To be a Holy Ghost following member of Jesus Church is the highest calling in the church.
The ministers are just the servants and working Joe's. God is not a respecter of persons.      

Church Authorities Want A Maliable and Weak Church.

Churches today teach us that being righteous is not committing sin. Not sinning is a good thing, but not sinning is not the same as doing good. Not sinning is the same a leaving the car stuck in neutral. The engine may be running, but there is no power.

For a church, or member to truly live without sin, they must "do the will of the Father" in their own lives so as not to be hypocrites. They do the Father's will in the lives of their families, dominoes falling to their church and community, in that order, but primarily as the Spirit of God dictates.

The Restoration Churches have become very protestant in teaching. Meaning they teach us to honor God with our lips, but not do the verbal will of the Lord. The Restoration teaches it's members It has the everlasting Gospel, to hear the gospel, be baptized and bang! You're on your way to paradise!  But they forget to mention that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God".

Which explains why the Restoration has no power. It explains why Joseph Smith in Section D&C Section 83 RLDS/LDS D&C 86, condemns the church, until it repents, remembering the "Book of Mormon" and the "former commandments", saying futher we as a people must "not only say, but do". . .

Otherwise we as Christ's restored Church on earth, have only a semblance of godliness, but we as a corporate group, deny the power of the Lords Spirit to direct people lives.The result is the Holy Spirit is not in the Church. Not in my church, which is why I'm not in my church either.

I am not, where God is not. If God won't spend time to show up in His Church, it's not His Church. And it's not my church either.  It's that simple.   

World Churches today do not want millions of Christians following the Holy Spirit.
They do not want church members doing the Lord's will on their own initiative.

(Churches cannot control such spiritually healthy behaviour). When God's people listen to the Spirit of God, rather than the man on the pulpit, we will see the Restoration revive! On the backside, a Holy Spirit led church makes no money!

Think if it!

Millions of Christians giving money to the poor when God says, people giving tithe when God says,  families leaving town when God says. Ministry preaching when and how God desires, why it would be a mad house and the world church system as we know it today, would collapse! (Fall of Babylon sound familiar?)

The world/Church system would not be able to control Jesus' followers, because those followers would be focused upon 1 thing. Doing the will of the Father in Heaven. 

So churches today teach men to be victims to themselves and their own poor choices/mistakes, their sins, their errors, while at the same time saying, "call on the Lord and He will save you in spite of your sins"... But the truth is Jesus came to save us from our sins. (a big difference)

 To separate and "refine" us from our sins, that we may become a holy and pure people before Him, "without spot or blemish". A people who's personal daily walk matches their talk. They are clean by virtue of their self congruence. They unceasingly pay attention to their "Internal God given knowledge", they forsake the external voices of men. They are congruent, undefiled.  

No unholy or defiled thing can enter the presence of God. Read D&C, Book of Mormon ect.

Therefore, it behoves us to repent. But!

To know what to repent from first, that God's will be one in our lives, and in order, we must first go to the Father in Jesus name... Only the Father can tell us where we each are personally "unclean".  Where we each must change ourselves. Where we each must "get our house in order". We already know, but we to often let the external noises, and pressures override the Holy Spirit's quiet and still voice. 

Baptism creates a covenant agreement between you and God (a deadly serious situation) , but does not make a person clean before God. It only gives the Father permission to work with you, but even then, only upon your willingness to accept His Personal nurture and Personal chastisement.  Upon our own willingness to repent, taking upon ourselves our own cross, the cross we each intuitively know we should carry, but have been avoiding. This cross is our personal responsibility. To our own lives, and the lives of our families and church. 

 The Macabees 
A Type and Shadow of 
the Modern Restoration

Our willingness to be a modern day Macabee like they of ancient time, to fight the war against impossible odds for the sole purpose of cleansing and  RESTORING the Lord's Temple, Our body. Following the Holy Spirit into personal repentance, to become a pure life-force giving being, can be likened to the 1 undefiled jar of oil discovered by the Macabee's in the Temple at Jerusalem! Because of the Jews effort to fight the war to cleans the temple, a miracle happened!

 The 1 lone jar, (good only for 1 days light) burned 8 days. 7 times longer, 7 times more productive giving light to all that were in the house. Hanukkah is more than a nice Jewish story. It is a type an shadow of the Restoration Movement as started by Joseph Smith.

The Restoration, a church movement which has apostatized because of the wickedness of our forefathers. A movement of Christ which once had power, but no longer, the remnants of said church only a shadow of what it once was. (Keep in mind the church never became what it was supposed to become

The Jews in the days of the Macabees and before, they in their pride descended into apostasy, and also their later descendants, because of there their own sinful choices were under oppression... They awakened and realized their own terrible plight, and realized they had to do something!

They of the Macabean revolt decided to restore a physical building called the Temple. But now it's New Testament times.

 Our bodies have become the temple. The law still exists, but the rules for temple worship have changed. The Temple is not a grand, expensive, external building made with "hands"... But a temple made "without hands".  The temple is within us, and to worship our God,  we must go into ourselves to find Him. Into ourselves (not selfishly) we must quest with Jesus as our guide Light, to cleanse ourselves from all unrighteousness.

It's time we each work to allow Christ who is the Light, to come within ourselves. To light our lives, that all may have light and may see. 

       
It's time the Restoration in like form awakens, we must cleans ourselves! The battle for the temple is for you, for me, for our very bodies, our very spirit, our soul, the war has begun. The War began at the beginning. But prophetic scripture calls the end of time, the beginning.

The War Is Not With Our Fellow Man
But With Ourself

How to win the war within ourselves, only God knows! Only peace can win a war fought within our own soul.  What right moves and preparation must each tabernacle of God make? Only God knows! Therefore if we of the Restoration do not want to live the compounding consequences and horrors to come, as Joseph Smith Prophesied to our forefathers before  us, we must repent, and go to the Father in Jesus name. Asking Him for guidance "in all things".

God is our Maker. God also is our General. He is our Commander if we allow Him. Are we willing to be His footmen? Are we willing to do the bidding of the Holy Ghost? Or do we want more of the same and worse as we have today?

Do we want Peter, James, and John teaching us? Do we want Jesus walking in among us? Or will we continue to "sell ourselves for naught" {3 Nephi}... Do we want joy and peace? Or do we want further captivity and condemnation? To be the laughing stock and ridicule of the world?

It's our choice, it's up to us.

Christ came to set the captive free from the prisons of their own making... But the captives have to be willing to "do" the work of learning, repenting and partnering with Christ in the effort. "Zion shall be redeemed by power".



How we act, how we talk, how we nurture our children, love our spouses, preaching only Jesus and repentance in our church by the power of God and the Holy Ghost. All these things can and must be directed by the Father in real time. We acting only upon the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

But Life is a Paradox


To end inner war, we must learn to live peace. The more we allow the inner war to exist within ourselves, the more we will continue to fight, and the more we will fight against the Prince of Peace, (regardless if we consider ourselves Christians), or a people called after Christ's own name. 



Go to Him in Jesus name.


God Bless