This is a Message to My Kids
If you ever choose to vote in disapproval and are threatened with punishment, I have your backs and so does Jesus!!!
Today, friends of mine voted opposed in their ward conference. The immediate response from the bishop was, “I guess I’ll be needing your temple recommends.”
That’s an open threat of punishment. Stripping them of their rights to participate in the highest order of our church ordinances. Denying them the blessings of temple service.
This makes me very, very angry.
Obedience is the First Law of Heaven?
Jesus never said that. His first law is gentle, gorgeous and magnificent: Love thy neighbor as thyself.
However, obedience is constantly drummed into church messaging. OK. If obedience is at the top of the list, why threaten and punish this couple for their obedience? For expressing their honest opinion in the manner that Christ has ordained? They are obeying the law of consent. Jesus himself made this a prominent commandment of the restoration.
But…the church is disobeying its own law of governance. And then…threatening those who chose to obey. What irony! What hypocrisy!
So, should sustainings be announced with the following threat?
“Any opposed by the same sign. And if you give that same sign at this time, you will be punished. Your temple recommend will be confiscated, you will be denied access to the temple, banned from its privileges and blessings, and you will be treated as a pariah in our midst.”
This makes me so angry. It’s throwing Christ’s law right back into His face. Why don’t we just open the scriptures to D&C 28:13 and spit on it. Then D&C 26:2, spit on it. Then D&C 124:144, spit on it. Then D&C 121:39, spit on it twice, rip it out, burn it and fling the ashes to the wind.
Something is Very Rotten In Denmark
Sorry, Denmark. Blame it on Shakespeare. Something is rotten in the church administration.
To Church Leaders
- Resist unrighteous dominion. The scriptures warn us that this will be an always-present temptation for you. Common Consent is meant to help control it. Our obedience to this law is meant to help and support you.
- Don’t make threats when we follow Jesus.