Our condemnation hasn't been lifted - in fact - it has since been reiterated by our leadership that it is "continued." It means that generation after generation has passed with our people living under this condemnation. In short, most of us throughout our history have been brought up in the faith not knowing any different. Minimally, the preaching, passion, and patterns of those who have gone before us haven't brought us out of the condemnation. In more speculative words, the faith of our fathers is probably not the faith that will prepare our people to receive the Savior at His coming.
You see, each of us being carefully placed individuals with circumstances well understood and predicted by our Father, are going to have different 'hearts' and unique souls. This is no accident, not something to hide, but rather something for us to yield to the Lord so that He can make it sing! So that He can make us roar! So when we all roar it isn't going to be powerful because we're all roaring the single, same, exact words, its going to be powerful because we're all roaring different aspects of the exact same message that we have each experienced individually.
So, just to keep the simplest things simple. There was a concern someone brought up to me that I'd like to address: I'm not interested in gathering a following of any kind. If I am right, which I have been assured on enough occasions I am not, then we simply need to learn to engage [...]
I had a friend ask to see my outline and who was inquiring about the response. So I wrote this up so that I would be able to remember what I shared as well as share it with him. Backstory: When I got the assignment to speak for 10 minutes on "Agency, a blessing and [...]
...it is amazing to me how radical and rebellious I can feel just by putting scripture side by side with our history, statements from our history, our traditions, and even some current attitudes and statements. Maybe I am just self-conscious... I am in the right place - in the right church - that can't accept its own imperfection, fallibility, or incompleteness. And God says: "Teach, Greg."
I am a child of God. Whose Life has brought me tears. I’ve tried so hard to do what’s right; It’s hurt through all these years. There’s joy, it’s here, I know it’s somewhere- Help me find the way. If I just learn to force myself, It will surely change someday.
I yield to desires of our people; being heard comes at great cost and with little benefit. As such, I won't be writing to be heard, I will be writing to study, remember, treasure, and develop myself in the blessings that the Lord has given me. I'll still write, but writing for others and myself is like trying to serve two masters - it can't be done.