quotes tagged with 'apostasy'
The wife of Thomas B. Marsh and Sister Harris concluded they would exchange milk, in order to make a little larger cheese. It was agreed that the milk and strippings should all go together.Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://www.ldsliving.com/lessons/dc-24.html
Mrs. Marsh, wishing to make some extra good cheese, saved a pint of strippings from each cow.
A quarrel arose and the matter was referred to the home teachers. They found Mrs. Marsh guilty of failing to keep her agreement. She and her husband were upset and an appeal was taken from the teacher to the bishop, and a regular Church trial was held. They [the bishop's court] decided that the woman had violated her covenant. Marsh immediately took an appeal to the High Council. Not being satisfied [with their decision], he took an appeal to the First Presidency of the Church, and Joseph and his counselors had to sit upon the case, and they approved the decision of the High Council.
Thomas B. Marsh then declared that he would sustain the character of his wife, even if he had to go to hell for it...and what next? He went before a magistrate and swore that the 'Mormons' were hostile to the state of Missouri That affidavit brought from the government of Missouri an exterminating order, which drove some 15,000 Saints from their homes and habitations, and some thousands perished through suffering and the exposure consequent on this state of affairs. (President Gordon B. Hinckley, C.R., April 1984, pp.110,111; citations from Journal of Discourses, 3:283-284)
Author: Joseph F. Smith, Source: Gospel Doctrine, p. 312-3
There are at least three dangers that threaten the Church within, and the authorities need to awaken to the fact that the people should be warned unceasingly against them. As I see these, they are flattery of prominent men in the world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity.
“Some find it easier to bend their knees than their minds. Exciting exploration is preferred to plodding implementation; speculation seems more fun than consecration, and so is trying to soften the hard doctrines instead of submitting to them. Worse still, by not obeying, these ... lack real knowing. Lacking real knowing, they cannot defend their faith and may become critics instead of defenders!”Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://www.famousquotes.com/search.php?search=1&FirstName=Neal...
Author: Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Source: The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious
Truth is shattered into a thousand pieces when God throws it down to earth.
Author: Stanley S Harakas, Source: Doing theology today: an Orthodox and evangelical dialogue on theological method. Pro Ecclesia. Fall 2002. 11 (4):435-462.
Apostasy is the total and complete denial of the Christian faith. Heresy is more like the wolf in sheep's clothing. It nearly always is a distortion of the revelatory witness, maintaining an appearance of the truth while undercutting its meaning. Heresy distorts, re-interprets to the point of contradiction, or over-emphasizes one aspect of the mosaic to the point of reducing the faith to one dimension of it. Heresy is a caricature of the revealed faith.
However, it is my judgment that there are many members of this Church who have been baptized for the remission of their sins, and who have had hands laid upon their heads for the gift of the Holy Ghost, but who have never received that gift—that is, the manifestations of it. Why? Because they have never put themselves in order to receive these manifestations. They have never humbled themselves. They have never taken the steps that would prepare them for the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Therefore, they go through life without that knowledge; they are lacking in understanding. When those who are cunning and crafty in their deceit come to them criticizing the authorities of the Church and the doctrines of the Church, these weak members do not have understanding enough, information enough, and enough of the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord to resist false doctrines and teachings. They listen and think that perhaps they have made a mistake, and the first thing you know they find their way out of the Church, because they do not have understanding.Author: Joseph Fielding Smith, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db0...
Opposition has been felt in the undying efforts of many, both within and without the Church, to destroy faith, to belittle, to demean, to bear false witness, to tempt and allure and induce our people to practices inconsistent with the teachings and standards of this work of God.Author: Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: “An Unending Conflict, a Victory Assured,” Ensign, Jun 2007, 4–9
[God] would be glad to send angels to communicate further to this people, but there is no room to receive it, consequently, He cannot come and dwell with you. There is a further reason: we are not capacitated to throw off in one day all our traditions, and our prepossessed feelings and notions, but have to do it little by little. It is a gradual process, advancing from one step to another; and as we layoff our false traditions and foolish notions, we receive more and more light, and thus we grow in grace; and if we continue so to grow we shall be prepared eventually to receive the Son of Man, and that is what we are after.Author: Brigham Young, Source: Journal of Discourses 2:309-318
"Why be so certain you can comprehend the things of God, when all things with you are so uncertain."Author: Joseph Smith, Jr, Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 320
Apostasy, being rare, has to be carefully defined. We have three definitions of apostasy: one is open, public and repeated opposition to the Church or its leaders. Open, public, repeated opposition to the Church or its leaders — I’ll come back to that in a moment. A second one is to teach as doctrine something that is not Church doctrine after one has been advised by appropriate authority that that’s false doctrine. In other words, just teaching false doctrine is not apostasy, but [it is] teaching persistently after you’ve been warned. For example, if one were to teach that the Lord requires you to practice plural marriage in this day, it would be apostasy. And the third point would be to affiliate and belong to apostate sects, such as those that preach or practice polygamy. Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://tinyurl.com/22o75e