Friday, March 3, 2023

Bags of Silver for a Box of Nails

 My favorite female musical duo is the Indigo Girls. Two girls from the South who can harmonize like the angels. A lot of people love their song "Closer to Fine" with its ringing guitars and catchy lyrics. It is the song that catapulted them to fame. It is a great song, despite its erroneous theme. 

My favorite Indigo Girls song is called "Come on Home", and it was not a hit. It has achieved a kind of cult status with its hard core fans, and they will usually play it while touring. Listening to the lyrics for the 111th time the other day while driving, the third verse finally struck me like a bolt of lightning.

    There is fire... there is lust

    Some will trade it all for someone they could trust.

    There's a bag of silver for a box of nails

    It's so simple the betrayal 

    Though it's known to change the world and what's to come.

I instantly thought of all the religions of the world who have traded JESUS for silver. Catholics, Evangelicals, and yes of course, Mormons. Any fool dumb enough to try to become wealthy by pretending to speak for GOD. Any group satanic enough to trick its members into paying them for the privilege of membership, or say temple entrance.

That is the true definition of taking the LORD's name in vain combined with priestcraft. Not a great way to prepare for the judgments to come. JESUS told the Jewish hierarchy that the prostitutes would get into Heaven before a corrupt leader would. 

Each individual must decide for themselves whether ignoring, dismissing, or betraying JESUS is worth the money. It is not. Not for all the money on the planet.


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Words of Joseph Smith Part Two

On January 21st, 1844 Joseph Smith addressed the Saints in front of a hotel near the Nauvoo temple site. He would be killed less than half a year later.

In Wilford Woodruff's journal we get the famous quote about trying to get people to accept new ideas about the gospel of JESUS. It was like trying to make firewood using cornbread as a wedge and a pumpkin as the sledge hammer. That statement comes near the end of Joseph's talk. 

In the middle of the talk comes a statement about Joseph's fears for the original Mormon church. On page 319 of The Words of Joseph Smith (edited by Ehat and Cook) we get this sentence:

    " only trouble at the present time is concerning ourselves 

        that the Saints will be divided and broken up and scattered

        before we get our Salvation secure..."

I believe this is one of Joseph's overlooked prophecies. It is a prophecy that has been fulfilled. There are now over 100 different sects that all lead back to Joseph Smith. Some of them have some truth, like the Book of Mormon, but none of them is recognized by GOD as His Church. 

Ask GOD if this is not so. 

Ask GOD if the Book of Mormon is true. I believe it is, but that is no reason to join a church.

Ask GOD if Joseph was a real prophet. I believe he was, but still no reason to join anything.

Be like Joseph and go somewhere private and ask GOD which church to join. 

I am certain you will get the same answer Joseph got..."none of them."