Perilous Times of Peace and Safety
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 8:54 PM
Subject: perilous times of peace and safety
It has been quite some time since I've said hello. I hope you and your family are doing well, and you are strengthened in your ability to run for U.S. president. I have to hand it to you, you are pretty gutsy. I gain strength from visiting your website from time to time, and reading the words of truth you publish there.
I'm sorry to say I can't give you a great vote of encouragement and say I believe you will win the presidential bid. I'm very skeptical that this nation can be turned toward God at this late date, or that the people deserve a good man for president. I'm afraid anyone who stands for right would be devoured by the money mongers who are behind the One-worlders they are bent on getting into position. But at least you are a small torch in the darkness and perhaps your message will be heard by some who will take heart. I believe if this nation were repentant, God would uphold a good man in office, but the chances of that happening seem very slim, in light of what is going on in this nation today.
These past months have been a time of great introspection and searching, as I have tried to come to terms with the things I see happening in this nation and the Church. Part of me feels betrayed by the church I grew up in, having had unquesitoning faith in its tenets, as well as its leaders. It has been hard to find things that are out of line with former doctrines and things that are out of line with scripture being foisted upon unsuspecting and unquestioning believers. It makes me question everything and to trust no one to be my teacher. I feel kind of like a ship that has lost its rudder and I have been working to find the real "rudder", who is Jesus Christ.
Knowledge of how things are leaves me at odds with the members whom I have lived among almost all my life, and causes me to feel unsettled all the time as I listen to half-truths, water-down truths, pabulum-level truths, and perverted truths being taught in classes and from the pulpit, as well as sometimes outright lies: i.e. " The church will never go astray. The leaders will never be allowed to lead you astray. Your safety lies within the mainstream of the church. Follow the prophet."
But this is all old stuff and I should be resolved in my convictions of the truth more so than I sometimes am, and not let these false statement bother me. The words of God in the scripture are very clear about our times, so I should not be shaken by the things that transpire in the Church and in the world.
My husband is more at peace than I am. Maybe it's because he has been fighting the fight longer than I-- and perhaps just fighting the fight to earn a living takes all his time and energy, these days.
But I am still dismayed that the Church seems to be part and parcel of the NWO, being led, as you have shown, by one whom I struggle to believe could be THE man of sin [for the LDS who do not put God first]. I am more of the conviction that he is just another one of the false pastors who are causing their corporate organization to become one of the harlots, as are most churches in America today whose pastors have bartered their freedoms of being able speak for God, by their taking on the 501-c 3 tax incorporation and becoming married to a master other than the true bridegroom.
I, like you have expressed on your website, have a hard time looking at Pres. Hinckley and believing he is any other than a benign and kindly old gentleman who speaks positive and uplifting words and testifies of Christ as our Redeemer. But then the scripture comes to mind which says of the last days:" Many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ." (Matt24:5) Who are these who would come in the name of Christ, testifying of Him?
I had always read this verse, as it is presently written in our scriptures with the commas: "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Take out one comma and you will find that it is not referring to men coming and saying they themselves are Christ, but that many men will come IN Christ's name, testifying of the divinity of Christ.
This is why they will be able to deceive many. Because the leaders will be in a position of leadership over their flocks, they will testify of the divinity of Christ (( hehe, I had just made a typo which said it more correctly: lie-dership) and they will thusly cause their flock to follow unquestioningly after them no matter what they preach or no matter that the direction they seem to be leading is going to take them right over the cliff. The people have their eyes on their leaders instead of solely upon Christ and the words to his former prophets, and so they will follow blindly because they give their trust to those who speak words of Christ and tell them pleasant things to tickle their ears. When someone preaches of Christ, one naturally tends to think they must be okay. Isn't this how Hitler used the church leaders of Germany, to cause people to follow him? I believe it is happening this way again, in America.
From the scriptures we get a glimpse of the times when the "shepherds" in America are saying all is well when it is not:
Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
What does "Burdens and causes of banishment " mean ?
Burdens means "Oracles"
1 a : a person (as a priestess of ancient Greece)
through whom a deity is believed to speak
b : a shrine in which a deity reveals hidden knowledge or the divine purpose through such a person
c : an answer or decision given by an oracle
2 a : a person giving wise or authoritative decisions or opinions
b : an authoritative or wise expression or answer.
False burden means , False Oracles, and False Oracles means, False Teaching.
The Pastors are not causing the people to see their sins and turn away from them, because they themselves were/are in sin. Where there is sin there will be no vision from God,
" no Vision" also means "no revelation" Because of sin, , God takes away revelation, and because there is no "vision" or "revelation" the people perish.
Thus it becomes, the blind leading the blind. So those who lead the people have to speak false visions out of their own hearts, because they receive no vision from God. (Jer 23:16)
The scriptures say the shepherds have daubed the wall with untempered mortar, seeing vanity and speaking lies. which thusly lead the people to believe are from God, when He has not told them to speak such words. (Ezek 22:28)
I believe this is what the commandment speaks of when God tells us not to take the name of the Lord God in vain. It is vain to use His name to promote ungodly schemes and beliefs and agendas which would lead men into captivity to man and to the devil.
Hinckley on "All is Well"
I did a little searching of past conference reports delivered by President
Hinckley to see how they fit with the words of God to former prophets. I'm
dismayed at what I found, as follows:
*He seems to be saying that time will just flow along, unruffled, into the next millennium and everything will be as today, only better. It seems to me I've read the warning in the Book of Mormon about those who say such words as being a deception. President Hinckley makes no mention of the need for repentance, nor of the many, many prophecies of former prophets about the calamities decreed upon the people because of their sins. "His words speak of "Zion prospereth, yea, All is well."
*More all is well. Being told the Church is stronger than ever does not cause members to pause and reflect that perhaps they are in need of repentance. He seems to equate righteousness as being the number of members joining the Church, and the number of temples dotting the land. The people are not called to repentance but are told they are better than ever. All is swell.
*"They cry peace, peace, when there is no peace."
*But what of the Lord's admonition: "Trust ye not in lying words, saying, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these." ( Jeremiah 7:4)
*But what of the admonition of the Lord to watch and be ready, and to notice when the tree begins to leaf, heralding the time of tribulation which had been prophesied to precede the coming of the Lord? We are told , in scripture, that we may not know the day nor the hour, but we can know of the season of His approaching. And that the children of the day will be watching and will not be deceived when the night of darkness comes.
171st General conference April 2001, Opening session
*No mention of personal righteousness, and the reason why we still haven't
established Zion due to our corporate sins. The vitality of the Church should be
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of its members, not the trusting
in temples made with hands. According to Webster's New Collegiate
dictionary, a bellwether is a leader of a flock, one that takes the lead or
initiative, leader. Webster's 1828 dictionary says: A wether or sheep which
leads the flock, with a bell on his neck."
Sunday closing session--
*Why then does the Church spend millions of dollars on its building programs instead of spending more in feeding the poor and hungry? The Lord expects his people to look after their poor and needy. That is the purpose of the tithe, not for building programs. If all of the people had changed hearts, by the new birth, there would be no poor among us, as we would esteem all as our brother and be looking out for their welfare.
April 2001 Saturday Morning session
*We are commanded to be a peculiar people and to have nothing to do with the mammon of this world. We shouldn't be worrying about our image and how we can fit with the world. We are NOT suppose to be the same as the mainstream beliefs of the other denominations or world religions. Christ did not speak of tolerance for opposing ideologies. We are to be separate which bear the vessels of the Lord, and not join with Babylon. Again, Pres. Hinckley's words about "the old hatred is disappearing", deceives the people into believing all is well. He causes people to become complacent and apathetic about our true plight.
October 2001, Sunday closing session
*These words coming from a supposed prophet should have alarmed all church members, seeing as how the Lord's mouthpiece should be very sure about the future. These words say he is very uncertain about coming calamities, just like any common man.
*These words tell us that the policy of our government is the Church's policy. Never mind that it is in collusion with Satan's plan of enslavement. All we have to do is love, love, love, and be tolerant and all will be well with us. NOT! Pres. Hinckley does not define who it is that are terrorists and by whose definition--the Lord's or the government's?
*A lot of uncertainty coming from a man sustained as prophet, seer, and revelator.
*By all means don't go to extremes. What is his definition of "extremes?" One week, one month, one year, 7 years? Just enough to sustain us "for a time?" His words cast doubt on storing "too much" food. Besides which the IRS guidelines frown on too much food storage, hence the reason for his words. After all, we have made a deal with the government to only speak that which is permitted.
Again, some doubt here about worrying too much about the future. But at least he does mention there being warnings of scriptures.
* Again, trying to back pedal. A lot of uncertainty about the future and trying to be popular with the people by not speaking things which will alarm them. We must keep focused on missionary work and temple building, after all. This "prophet" is out of line with all former prophets of scripture which were indeed prophets of doom and warned the people, even at peril of sounding negative and being unpopular.
*These are the comments that really riled me. Our liberties may be
"curtailed for a time." These words are spoken as if we should give up
our freedoms as if it is no big deal, and implies that they will be given
back later. What, pray tell, would lead anyone to believe that if they give up
their liberties for a time, that they will be returned??? Who are we going to
give them up to? And why? And I would hardly call it an
"inconvenience" to give up some of one's liberty, as he states. What
makes him believe that God will be merciful to us if we neglect to maintain the
liberty which men and women bled and died for that we might have it? We have
been commanded to defend it at all costs.
Truly a beautiful prayer. But why would the Lord look upon this nation-- that has condoned abortion, homosexuality, idolatry and has basically turned its back on Him--why would he look on it with mercy? And what is his definition of "the cause of peace?" If it as the world defines it, we are lost, for peace without liberty is false security and leads to slavery.
April 2002, Sunday afternoon session
* Again, strange words coming from a man sustained and believed to be a prophet of God who is suppose to be the Lord's mouthpiece and is suppose to know of a surety about the future. It is not true that we do not know what lies ahead of us. For the scriptures very clearly outline what lies in store for those who fall away from His precepts and go after other gods.
October 2002 Sunday Morning
*He just got through stating that we live in an age of uncertainty, and that
we may be required to give up some of our liberties for a time, and that we
don't know what lies ahead for us, then he says here that we live in the
most wonderful age in the history of the world. No mention is ever made
about our need to stand fast in the liberty wherewith we are made free, and to
hold up the banner of liberty and not trade it off for peace and safety of the
Sunday Afternoon session, opening
*These words have a ring of truth, and they soothe us into believing we are in good stead. How many times do our leaders tell us how faithful and wonderful we are? They do not call to our attention the need for repentance, nor the fact that we live in perilous times, and that we are really less than the dust of the earth, as King Benjamin states. Being told one is wonderful all the time does not cause them to reflect on their need for salvation and cleansing from sin.
Saturday morning, 2003 April
* More 'trust in me, all is well, Zion prospereth.' What about the words of President Benson which said that the church was under condemnation? When was that condemnation lifted? He refers to the struggling economy as being our cause of difficult times, not our unfaithfulness to God.
October 2003 Sunday morning session
*These words make me ill. Prophets should not be concerned with
speaking words of tolerance for ideologies which oppose God's laws, nor admonish
people to believe they must obey the laws of man above the laws of God. There is
a difference. He neglects to state the qualifying statement from the D&C
concerning this article of faith, wherein Joseph Smith states that we are
to obey the laws "which is the constitutional law of the land.
Sunday Morning session
*These are wishy washy words of appeasement. Jesus said he did not come to bring peace, but a sword. His precepts are diabolically opposed to the peace of the world. Pres. Hinckley speaks out of both sides of his mouth, telling us to defend liberty, yet only when "legally obligated" to do so. Legal, according to which government and what if that government's "legalities" seek to overthrow freedom? Again, one must know whose definition is being used to describe "evil and repression," According to God's or man's laws? He does not speak of the oppressive governments which are taking liberty from nations of the world, but he seeks to be their friend. I find this disheartening and double-minded.
October 2003, opening Saturady session
* Look how good we are. Pride and vanity, patting the Church on the back. What of Christ's admonition to not let the right hand know what the left hand doeth, and to give our alms in secret and not trumpet our good deeds before men? Shame.
* I.E. "All is swell." No mention of apostasy or falling away from the truth, nor of coming judgments for backsliding, as the prophets of old prophesied would happen. God said ALL his words will be fulfilled. Does that say we will "grow and strengthen? The true prophets of God have all mentioned that the rise of the antichrist could not happen except his people fall away from the truth.
*Amen. We are to be a light and an Ensign to the world, of righteousness and liberty. The ensign we are to hold up is not only the gospel of Jesus Christ, but the banner of liberty, that all men may have freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. We have become as salt that has lost its savor and have let the Gadianton forces of evil rise above us, as the watchmen have neglected to build the wall and the watchtower that the enemy would not come in and destroy us. Instead they have given their money to the exchangers and become interested in the filthy lucre of Babylon and the praise of men.
at dedication of Nauvoo temple:
* The past is behind us, yes, but we suppose to learn from our past and not
repeat the same mistakes. Truly this is the ultimate all is well statement, and
lures members deeper into slumber. "All is well, yea, Zion prospereth--all
is well. And thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them
CAREFULLY down to hell." he speaks contrary to former prophets which
prophesied of a time of great trouble and tribulation upon the people of
God. Being led carefully down to hell implies it won't be done by means
that are easily detected, except to those who are armed with the word of God.
Temporal as well as spiritual hell is slavery.
"Would God that ALL the Lord's People Were PROPHETS"