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The Covenant Path Part 1

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July 11, 2021 9:40 pm

The Covenant Path Part 1

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July 11, 2021 9:40 pm

Apostle D. Todd Christofferson gave an April 2021 General Conference message titled “Why the Covenant Path.” Bill and Eric take a closer look at the talk from the May 2021 Liahona magazine and break down what the LDS apostle says about covenants and the possibility of keeping promises that require total obedience.


When one examines the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from a biblical perspective view .1 limited sponsored by Mormonism research ministry since 1979 Mormonism research ministry has been dedicated to equipping the body of Christ with answers regarding the Christian faith in a manner that expresses gentleness and respect. And now, your host for today's viewpoint on Mormonism.

According to Mormonism. What is the covenant path welcome to this edition of viewpoint on Mormonism. I'm your host, Bill McKeever, founder and director Mormonism research ministry in with me today is Eric Johnson. My colleague at MRM. The general conference addition of the leaseholder magazine is the May 2021 addition that were going to be referring to today, we find that there was a talk given by Elder D.

Todd Christopherson. He is a part of the LDS quorum of the 12 apostles. That's a very prestigious position within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

His talk was titled why the covenant path with the subtitle the difference of the covenant path unique Lee and the terminally significant no.

Why do we want to talk about this message that this leader in the LDS church gave at Gen. conference back in April 2021 it's because we often hear well-meaning Christians tell us that the LDS church is changing course and becoming more and more in line with a New Testament message. We've heard this from a lot of people. We've heard it from lay Christians on the street. We've heard it in emails that have been written to us. I've taken phone calls from people who believe that we've even seen some Christian scholars intimate that the LDS church is switching gears and moving more towards a Christian consensus as we understand first of all think about that and try to convey that message to a latter-day St., for instance, saying something to them like, well, I'm glad to see that you're coming closer to our position. Do you really think a latter-day St. is going to agree with you on that. Probably not. They believe that they are the only true church. They represent what they feel are restored doctrines that have been lost and they also hold to the position that you belong to a church which is a part of what they termed to be the great apostasy so they would not see themselves coming in our direction unless they want to agree that they are coming more towards the position of apostate Christendom, which I don't think many Latter Day Saints are going to agree to that deed Todd Christopherson in this talk that he gave in general conference is going to cite 17th president Russell M. Nelson before we get into what he says Eric I want to ask you this question. Have you noticed in recent years more and more pain of quota" homage to the current president of the church than we have noticed in times past, I think we certainly have.

I think it may have started with the Gordon B. Hinckley, we started to hear more of the speakers at Gen. conference refer to Hinckley.

Thank him for being the prophet, and even siding him and we saw that even increase, I think, with Thomas S.

Monson, who in the 16th president was in failing health, and it seemed like the longer he lived, the more I claim that he received and more citations from his previous talks. But no, I don't know if we've ever seen, as many citations from this general conference, especially of Russell M. Nelson, the 17th president. It seems like they're always pointing to Russell and Nelson, because of course they want to get the font across that Russell and Nelson by the providence of God, if you will has been placed as the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which they of course, as I mentioned believe is the only true church on earth, but I think they're trying to get across. This guy is the guy and we better not take Russell M.

Nelson lately. I don't think Russell M. Nelson takes himself lightly and I've said publicly before. I think what makes Russell M.

Nelson, probably more dangerous than most prophet Sears and rebel leaders of the LDS past. Is he really thinks he is a prophet because you hear the stories how he gets up in the middle of the night, and he writes these things down now. Has he really said anything that's all that significant. I think most people would say the big thing they remember about Russell M. Nelson is, he told Latter Day Saints to quit calling themselves Mormons and quit calling the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Mormon church that's no big deal. It certainly upset a lot of people's applecart. You might say because it was a little odd given the fact that the church itself was using the term Mormon, often in films that they had produced, and in making reference to themselves and even Gordon B.

Hinckley, saying he didn't have a problem with the word Mormon even promoted this idea that Mormon means more good. I'm sure Russell and Nelson was aware of that sermon because he was alive at the time he was an apostle, and when Hinckley said that but what is Nelson really done that's all that different and significant that hasn't fallen in line with what past leaders have done and said not a whole lot.

Perhaps we could say he's the biggest temple builder of all the prophets before him, including Gordon B. Hinckley, and in the April 2021 Gen. conference announced 20 new temples an incredible amount. The previous record was one that he'd set in 2018 when he named 12 so he is very much a Temple building president and this goes back to what I was speaking of earlier in this program. When you have people say that the LDS church is coming around and coming more to a Christian consensus. I would rebut that premise by saying the mere fact that they are placing so much emphasis on temples and temple building and and temple ceremonies tells me that they are not coming to a Christian consensus at all, even though they may argue that what they do in the temple is a restoration of what they think happened in first century Christianity folks, there is no evidence to support that whatsoever. In fact, there's no evidence to support the notion that much of what Mormon doctrine teaches us is something that was believed and practiced by the first century church and as I was telling you off air Eric the more I study this religion the morning. I am convinced that the biggest lie that this church tells its people and the general public is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a restored church that could only be true if you can demonstrate from history that the Christians believed and practiced like Latter Day Saints and the only as church.

In some cases try to make that case but I don't think they make a very good case when they attempt that you really have to rely on the loss of plain and precious truth which is part of the great apostasy and part of the reason why we need a restoration if you don't have that loss. You really don't have the Bible supporting LDS doctrine. The way that is taught by the church today and this is why Christian, you need to listen very carefully when your LDS acquaintance uses expressions like will the restored gospel teaches or latter-day revelation says those are buzzwords that are telling us if you listen carefully, that you're not going to find these doctrines in the Bible. We need latter-day revelation to help us with this understanding, or the restored message of the gospel.

That's where they go they don't go to the New Testament. Not that they don't have their pet proof text they most certainly do have pet proof text, and you'll hear them often when you're talking with LDS missionaries in such but again you need to look at those verses carefully put them in their proper context. And when you do I will guarantee you it will not be saying what they think those verses are saying getting back to this talk that Christopherson gave at Gen. conference in the article title why the covenant path that begins on page 116 in the May 2021 Leona magazine Christopherson says throughout his ministry president Russell M. Nelson has studied and taught of God's covenants with his children.

He is himself a shining example of one who walks the covenant path in his first message as president of the church.

This is what Christopherson sites from Russell M.

Nelson and just before I read that notice the accolade that is given by Christopherson. So there is this admiration that is publicly given again to I think to boost up what the prophet means to this church and this is what Nelson said.

Your commitment to follow the Savior by making covenants with him and then keeping these covenants will open the door to every spiritual blessing and privilege available to men, women and children everywhere the ordinances of the temple and the covenants you make. There are key to strengthening your life, your marriage and family, and your ability to resist the attacks of the adversary your worship in the temple and your service. Therefore, your ancestors will bless you with increase personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.

So here we have that expression. The covenant path and notice the emphasis is placed on attending the temple. As I mentioned earlier, we don't see that kind of emphasis in the early Christian church. You don't see anywhere in the epistles of Paul. For instance, where he emphasizes as Russell M. Nelson has emphasized hear the need for believers to keep covenants by going to the temple or the ordinances of the temple and the covenants you make.

There are key to strengthening your life, your marriage and family.

That's a message that is completely foreign to what we see in the New Testament.

So going back to what I said earlier, how do you see a comparison between the two when the New Testament says nothing like this but yet this is a major teaching doctrine, understanding within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Now in the D. Todd Christopherson is going to explain what the covenant path is and when you see his definition. I hope you're going to see some problems.

He says it is the one path that leads to the celestial kingdom of God. We embark upon the path at the gate of baptism, and then press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men.

The two greatest commandments to the end and that's from second Nephi 3120 he says in the course of the covenant path which by the way, extends beyond mortality we receive all the ordinances and covenants pertaining to salvation and exaltation.

Think about that. If what goes on in the temple, including this covenant path is going to get you to the celestial kingdom of God. Isn't it odd that the emphasis on temple worship is something we don't find in the New Testament if that's what we need to get the best God has to offer. Wasn't Paul a bit derelict in his duty for not telling us about this wasn't John derelict in his duty for not telling about this Peter, Jude, for instance, none of them mention this, and yet, as we see here so far this idea of keeping temple covenants is absolutely essential if you hope to receive salvation and exultation in those two terms I feel are synonymous here because it can't be talking about just resurrection from the dead, because that takes place for everybody regardless of what you believe in, regardless of what you've done. According to Mormonism in tomorrow's show were going to continue looking at why it is so important for Latter Day Saints to keep this covenant path. Thank you for listening.

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