To be frank, I’ve always known that my position with how I exist as a member of the church is idiosyncratic. My opinion about the present order of things is far too critical for most of the mainstream members I attend church with [e.g., I admit there are problems with how Mormonism is governed by a bunch of old men in Salt Lake and I admit there are alternate ways for people to legitimately be “LDS”] — but I’m far too generous for any among the critical crowd I might talk to [e.g., I believe that the LDS church is still literally the true church of Jesus Christ, and I don’t support an “All is lost, corrupt-apostasy, JUMP ship” view of things].
My mind was recently drawn to an interview with Hugh Nibley about this very topic:
Hugh Nibley was once asked, “Are you concerned with the leadership of the Church?” His answer:
Nope, not a bit. I certainly am not. The leadership of the church is Jesus Christ, and he knows what he is doing. Don’t worry.
The interviewer pressed-on, “I am tempted to ask you if you would sustain Judas?”
Of course I would sustain Judas. He was on of the apostles.
“But he was a devil,” as any person would have replied.
Remember what the Lord said. “I have chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil” (John 6:70).
But he chose him. The Lord has his purposes in these things. If we sustained only perfect people, we wouldn’t sustain anybody. The Lord has his purposes in these things.
I’ve worked with church leaders who really believed and taught some silly [at best] crap. Some of “the brethren” have said some out-right foolish and incorrect things as a part of their callings as prophets, seers, and revelators. Now, I don’t think we’re at the point where any of them are “Judas” (we are not in the final stage of the church were the leaders are doing the works of Satan), but — let’s say they were — should I sustain them? Isn’t it the church of Jesus Christ? Even if Christ calls someone who is out-right wicked, who am I to oppose it?
The prophecies given to Joseph Smith concerning the Lord’s work in the last days cannot be fulfilled unless the church of Jesus Christ gets out of order. Any people who believe that pointing out problems with church leadership or general practice somehow indicates that it’s worth abandoning are deceived and do not understand the revelations that founded the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ.
It’s simply too hard for either side [mainstream or anti-] to understand that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remains the church of Jesus Christ, despite being out of order and condemned. They either reject the claim that it’s out of order [“all is well in Zion”, you see] or they reject it as the true church of Christ altogether.
It may very well be that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on the way to playing the role of the Judas in this latter-day restoration of all things — wherein it is the apostle that the Lord has chosen to work His miraculous work before the very eyes of humanity.
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