I used to think that the latter-day saints could self-correct and bring the current church practices back into conformity to the revelations of Joseph, and to that end I advocated, among other things, the use of the law of common consent to put a stop to practices that went contrary to the scriptures. (See, for example, Is our procedure for sustaining a rubber stamp?) But over the years of this blog’s existence it has become apparent to me that the latter-day saints are incapable of self-correcting. This used to cause me consternation, but I’m not worried about it anymore. And neither should anybody else be. There is going to be a major correction, but it won’t come from the body of the saints doing it of their own volition under inspiration of the Holy Ghost. The saints need to be convinced to self-correct, but they aren’t convinced. I certainly haven’t been able to convince anyone, or at least, not enough people, to make any difference. But also, the leadership needs to be convinced that they need to self-correct, and once again, they aren’t convinced.
So, although I still recommend that everyone should conform their lives, as best they can, to the revelations of Joseph Smith, within the context of the current church practices, I no longer believe that there will be enough people doing that to alter the church course and bring it back into conformity to the revelations. Therefore, here is my recommendation: don’t go against the keys. If whatever you are doing is brought into question by the authorities, submit to those keys. If they say, “Either you wear purple socks or you are out of here,” then by all means, wear purple socks! Go to the Lord in prayer and say, “Well, this doesn’t exactly accord with Your written word in the revelations, but they have the keys which You gave them, so I will submit to those keys.”
Perhaps you will say of me, “That’s kind of a cop-out, don’t you think?” Not really, though. You see, I’ve got a new view of things, of how things are going to go down, or how the church correction is going to be effected. Those who say, “I’m going to conform to the revelations as I see fit and understand them, these leaders be damned!” are not being led by the Holy Ghost. But the Holy Ghost is most definitely leading me. And if you don’t believe me, then ask God, “Is the guy who calls himself LDS Anarchist led by the Holy Ghost?” And if you are capable of receiving revelation, God will manifest to you that I am. So, anyone, from any quarter, that says the LDS leadership has apostatized and their keys are null and void is either mistaken or telling an outright lie. The keys are here. The church is still true. We, the LDS church, have the only baptism of John found anywhere on the earth, John having appeared and conferred this authority upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders, and spake unto him, saying,
Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?
And he answered and said unto them,
I will also ask you one thing; and answer me:
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?
And they reasoned with themselves, saying,
If we shall say,
he will say,
Why then believed ye him not?
But and if we say,
all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.
And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was. And Jesus said unto them,
Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. (Luke 20:1-8)
And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and say unto him,
By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
And Jesus answered and said unto them,
I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?
And they reasoned with themselves, saying,
If we shall say,
he will say,
Why then did ye not believe him?
But if we shall say,
they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. And they answered and said unto Jesus,
We cannot tell.
And Jesus answering saith unto them,
Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things. (Mark 11:27-33)
Also, there is the revelation (D&C 22) Joseph Smith received concerning non-church baptisms, so those who say a non church-authorized baptism is good enough to satisfy the requirements of the gospel are lying through their teeth, or deceived by the devil, or just misunderstanding the scriptures. Whatever the case, they are in error and in need of correction.
Now, although the church practices do not fully conform to the revelations of Joseph Smith, that is not enough reason to warrant abandoning the ship or making claims of the leadership or membership apostatizing. And, in fact, it turns out that no one is authorized to correct the leadership. (See “Keep your mouth shut and hold your tongue!” (Leave the leadership alone.).)
Again, let me be perfectly clear: 1) Anyone that claims the current LDS church is no longer God’s church is not inspired of the Holy Ghost. Period. This is still, indeed, God’s church. 2) Anyone that claims that the LDS church ceased being God’s church long ago, during Joseph Smith’s life, or right after he died, is not inspired of the Holy Ghost. 3) Anyone that claims that church ordinances performed without church authorization are binding as ordinances of salvation, is not inspired of the Holy Ghost. 4) Anyone that claims that the LDS church leadership no longer hold the keys, is not inspired of the Holy Ghost. 5) Anyone that claims that the LDS church’s departure from the precise conformity to Joseph Smith’s revelations nullifies their priesthood and church keys, is not inspired of the Holy Ghost. 6) Anyone advocating leaving the LDS church, or advocating that people not join this church, are not inspired of the Holy Ghost. 7) Anyone advocating that people who have left the LDS church are better off apart from it, or that they ought to stay where they are and not come back in and submit to the keys, is not inspired of the Holy Ghost.
Here is what the Holy Ghost will inspire a saint to do: conform to the revelations of Joseph Smith with exactness, but if the leadership of the church conflict with that conformity, then the Holy Ghost will inspire that person to conform to the keys.
The reason why the Holy Ghost operates after this fashion, or will operate after this fashion, is because the Lord already has the Josephite prepared to make the correction. He will and must convince the world, right? And how will he convince? Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, working mighty miracles. The leadership is going to be convinced. The church is going to be convinced. The whole world will be convinced. And the correction will be made seemingly over-night. It will be the now convinced LDS leadership telling the people, “Yesterday that was how we did it, but today we have received new divine instructions, and we are now doing it by the book, even by the revelations of Joseph, with exactness.” And the church will correct in an instant.
But not even the Josephite is authorized, or empowered, to make the correction now. While in his weakness, he doesn’t and can’t convince anybody. It’s just his word without any divine manifestations of heavenly approval in attendance, which word is just as good as anybody else’s. So, for all intents and purposes, the weak Josephite is just like any other member of the church, completely useless to make any church corrections.
That being true, that the Josephite is powerless at this present time to correct the church, why in the world would anyone else think they could do it?
Once again, I want to be perfectly clear, so I’ll give more details: the Lord’s authorized servant, the Josephite, who will be the one to actually make the correction, 1) will be a man already in this church, but not in the LDS church leadership; 2) will not be someone who has been kicked out of the church; 3) will say the church or priesthood keys are still in and with the church; 4) will not advocate non church-authorized baptism or other ordinances as ordinances of salvation; 5) will not be against the current church leadership, at any point; and 6) will convince the church leadership (and entire church) by working mighty signs and miracles such as Moses did when he began his ministry, going to the elders of Israel to perform signs, so that they knew that the time had come for a course alteration (see Exodus 4.) And then the church will correct.
Now, what happens after that, I do not know, for there is still the prophecy I received about the earthquake and the break-up of the church, which prophecy will come to pass, but how and when and in what order all these things will play out, I haven’t a clue. And there are a whole mess of other things I’ve received concerning the future and the Josephite, which have me completely baffled as to how they will play out, but all this stuff is real, so it will happen when it happens, and that’s good enough for me. Let it suffice that I am saying that I have prophesied a great many things, but none of them match the “church as currently organized has apostatized” scenario. My point is this: I know my prophecies are real, so if you are following a man or woman who claims to be a prophet and inspired of God, and they are going against what I have prophesied or received in revelation, ditch ’em quick. Don’t follow that person. They are in error and you are in error if you believe them. And if you don’t believe me, then ask God about my prophecies. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know all of what I have prophesied. Ask God and He will tell you that my prophecies are true. And when He does, repent and come back in to the fold, and conform as I stated above, and wait patiently upon the Lord until He sends the Josephite to make the correction.
I swear I think I’m probably speaking to the wall when I write these words—for my experience is that people just refuse to ask God about me and my revelations and prophecies. But those who do, get answers only in the affirmative (confirmations of their truth.) So, I will try once again, and say that the Lord will not send any mere prophet to correct the church. What we are looking and waiting for is a seer, not a prophet. And he won’t be a mere seer, he will be a miracle-working seer, even the greatest miracle worker of all time. So cast all these wannabe phonies aside. There will be no church correction until this seer shows up fully empowered.
One last thing: those who are no longer members of this church, many of whom have good intentions and truly believe what they believe, who have been “excommunicated” not by the (now defunct) elder’s court, but by the high council, although this has been done in error, in contradiction to the revelations, nevertheless, these people, if they turn around and criticize and correct and ridicule (revile), etc., they are not inspired of the Holy Ghost. As I see it, there is only one impediment found in the church questions, and that is the one dealing with the claim that they are seers. But even there, they do have a seer stone (although they don’t know how to use it.) But all other questions, concerning keys and beliefs and the revelations of Joseph and so forth, are reasonable to expect of a person who wants back in. So, if these corrections from the leadership are not accepted, that ain’t the leadership’s fault. But if the excommunicant believes the keys are here, and believes the revelations and the doctrine, and submits to the keys, but cannot accept that the leadership are seers, and the leadership won’t let them in for that single reason alone, then that ain’t that man’s fault, that comes upon the leadership’s head. And the Josephite will correct that.
But from my vantage point, that is not what is going on. These people who get “excommunicated” express views of unbelief on various important points, and no longer accept the keys. My understanding (which may be entirely wrong) is that the leadership really isn’t so much concerned with the titles, “prophet, seer and revelator,” as they are with the assertion that they have the keys. I can only suppose that if someone says, “I fully believe that the leaders have the keys, and I will submit to them, and I believe that they have the seer stone, and that they are capable of receiving prophecies and revelations for their respective callings,” I can only assume that if those exact words were said, that the leadership would let them back in. But if a person says this, repenting and humbly accepting whatever correction is given to them, and the leadership still refuses to let them in, then that’s a horse of a different color. But I don’t think that is what is happening, at all. But even if that does happen, the saint should just continue to meet with the saints and wait for the correction to come via the Josephite. He or she should not go on a mission to correct the leadership publicly.
Okay, enough of this pointless rant. I usually only like to put up posts that contain new information, and this post doesn’t seem to have anything new (to me, at least), but I feel like it needed to be said anyway.