"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
January 30, 2008

Sin

…Sin is untruth, and the misuse of truth. It decries freedom and fosters tyranny. It deceives and lies. It destroys, but never builds up except for more destruction. It slinks away from light and lurks in darkness. It is in deliberate opposition to the Lord’s plan for human progress. Sin is the mark of Satan.

The wide spectrum of sin, laid against a background of selfishness, is everywhere evil. It extends from wilful ignorance to the use of knowledge for unholy purposes: from dishonesty in speech, to deliberate murder: from family and neighborhood contentions, to warfare among nations. Every part of it corrodes, annihilates, is death-dealing. Every part of it, if uncovered, is hideous and found to beckon from slimy, poisonous depths.

Sin cannot be shown love or mercy, however meek and beguiling it may present itself. It cannot be condoned. Were that done the structure of truth would collapse. The battle of the Church is against sin, of every kind: it must be conquered, or the plan of salvation will be defeated: it must be fought to the bitter end. Tolerance of sin is itself sin. (John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, pg. 220)

January 26, 2008

A Plan of Action

The conditions which enable man to win eternal life are included in the plan of salvation. In fact, the plan is but a series of invariable, unalterable laws, obedience to each of which increases man’s power to triumph over evil. That means that there is knowledge to be acquired (Teachings of the Prophet Jopseph Smith, p. 297): principles of action to be accepted: ordinances to be received (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 12, 331): duties to be performed through life: and the complete acceptance of Jesus, the Christ (John 17:3): that is, full health of body mind and spirit to be won. All this that man “might be raised in immortality unto eternal life” (D&C 29:43). (John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, pg. 190)

January 1, 2008

Will you know?

It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or an art; yet will expect to win a knowledge of the gospel, which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons.  The gospel should be studied more intensively than any school or college subject.  They who pass opinion on the gospel without having given it intimate and careful study are not lovers of truth, and their opinions are worthless.  (John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, page 17)