Scriptural Discussion #5: Teachers—Must Be Sanctified


Alma said: “And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.” (Mosiah 23: 14)

The Lord said, “And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.” (D&C 42: 14)

The Lord said, “Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.” (3 Nephi 27: 20)


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  1. It is impossible to over-stress the need for those who teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ do so under the influence of the Holy Spirit, and by no unholy source if ‘inspiration.’

    To have the Holy Spirit, one must first sanctify oneself by setting oneself apart from the world and worldly concerns, and then the Holy Spirit continues the process of sanctification in the individual who is committed to the service of God in teaching the Saints the doctrines of the Kingdom.

    When a particular subject is addressed in the scriptures or from the mouths of living oracles, it is wise to understand that there is a need, either for plotting a course in a holy way, or for correcting a course that has been taken that is veering off the true course.

    That the Lord mentions ‘teaching by the Spirit’ as often as He does, informs us that the course that some may be following when teaching the saving doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not approved by Heavenly Father.

    The results of teaching and determining what God’s words mean without inspiration or sanctification [set aside for holy purposes] is writ large in the spiralling downwards of the Pristine Church after the failure of Inspiration and divine revelation.

    Any teacher in the Church who fails to heed the directive: ” … if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach” is more likely than not to follow the same path of false doctrine as did the early Church of Jesus Christ.

    The most important question a Latter-day Saint can ask is, “How can I obtain personal revelation?” Without revelation it is impossible to have a live-link to the ‘mind of Christ.’

    “The natural man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
    [1 Cor 2:14-16]

    The natural man, besides being an enemy to God, is also an enemy to those he teaches. The Lord has been specific as to what teachers in the Church must teach:

    “Teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you. … Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
    [D&C 88:77–78, 118]

    The ‘Doctrine of the Kingdom’ is not found in cute e-mails, nor in books written by the worldly wise, nor in the philosophies of men, nor in political philosophies that abound and confuse, and not in ‘wonderful’ books such as ‘Embraced by the Light,’ and so forth.

    The ‘Doctrine of the Kingdom’ is found in the Holy Scriptures, and it is the duty of every Latter-day Saint to be so thoroughly familiar with the scriptures that they know what has been revealed on every subject or question likely to arise.

    The purpose of the Doctrine of the Kingdom is not to entertain, overawe, mystify, or confuse. Neither is its purpose to cast doubts into the minds of those Saints whose knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is rudimentary, or to convince those whose grasp on testimonies are slipping.

    To teach what should be taught, what is most necessary, what will save and exalt the Saints as they progress to perfection is the Plan of Salvation and the obtaining of the blessings of the endowment, &c, and the encouragement to remain active and faithful to our covenants, thus enduring to the end.

    I attended one Sunday School lesson on the subject of: “The Present Location of the Lost Ten Tribes.” That subject has never been put into Church Curriculum. It was something that the teacher dreamed up from somewhere and taught as if he knew exactly where the Ten Tribes were. In terms of “That which does not edify is not of God” he got a minus 100+

    It is to prevent unprepared and uninspired teachers from foisting off their personal agendas and false notions on class members that the Lord has said, “Teach one another the Doctrines of the Kingdom.”

    His reasoning is that only the Doctrines of the Kingdom will inspire and lead members to participating in Saving Ordinances that alone can ensure our entrance into the Kingdom of God, there to be made ‘joint heirs with Christ of all that the Father hath” in an explosion of glory as Almighty God exalts us.


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