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September 13, 2021 9:43 pm
Viewpoint on Mormonism. The program that examines the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from a biblical perspective viewpoint when Mormonism is sponsored by Mormonism research ministry since 1979 woman is a 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 no your host for today's viewpoint on Mormonism does a non-general authority in the LDS church have the authority to reject past teachings of good profits. Welcome to this addition of viewpoint on Mormonism on your host, Bill McKeever, founder and director Mormonism research ministry and with me today is Eric Johnson. My colleague at M.
M we been talking about a video of an area 70 I the name of Richard Knight so Holzapfel, who spoke at a stake leadership meeting in the Herriman, Utah to Rose Canyon stake in which he interviews to young students, a male and a female and commends them for being honest and authentic when it comes to some of the questions that they have regarding repentance and if you want to see this video we have it on our website. It's in an article titled throwaway Kimball's the miracle of forgiveness? A response to a Utah area 70 and Eric. This is an article that was written by you. Where can someone find your article as well as the video that's embedded with that article. Just go to MRM.org/and then spell the name of the jet area authority is HO L ZAP FEL HO L ZAP FEL-speaks and we have extended article on that as well as a video link now and yesterday show we introduce this video and we introduce the two young people who were expressing some of the dilemma they feel when it comes to the subject of repentance. Now we don't know the name of the young man however we do know because it's in the video that the young lady was named Jill. Their faces are obscured so that you cannot recognize who they are but in this talk, Holzapfel begins his response to their dilemma by talking about Elizabeth Smart and Bill. Like you said yesterday I had great compassion.
When I first saw the video for these two sincere young people who are just wanting to know what is it we have to do because it really seems hard, it seems difficult. Every Sunday at sacrament when the elements are passed by their supposed to be repenting and she's just having a really hard time knowing how to do that and you would think that this would be a major topic within the seminary classes which are taken during the four years of high school by most latter-day St. youth so II have a real compassion for them and I think over and try to do in these next few shows, is to show what does she really need to do in order to repent acquainted with the LDS church teaches, but wouldn't you agree though Eric that what she has to do is off the difficult, impossible in our estimation. It's not that it's a vague doctrine. That's the question that I asked at the beginning of yesterday show is the doctrine of repentance and Mormonism really a vague doctrine.
I don't think it is. I think leaders have been very clear on what an individual member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has to do in order to achieve a true repentance and if we have to put that word in front of it because it's emphasized by so many of their leaders. What you must do in order to truly repent. I think that's the struggle. These two young people are having. I don't really think it's so much that they don't understand the teaching. I think they understand it all too well, as I think a lot of latter-day things probably understand it all too well and when it's put into practice. They realize they're not going to be able to achieve this, but when he responds by bringing up Elizabeth Smart was abducted in June 5, 2002 by Brian David Mitchell and was not rescued until March 12, 2013 holds a full talks about the horrible experience she had at the hands of this horrible man and yet he brings up this idea of repentance being something like a nail driven into a piece of wood.
But when you pull the nail out the hole was still there. I kinda get that picture because when we purposely delve into sin even when we repent. There is some lasting damage if you will. We don't ever forget that.
I don't think he was holding Elizabeth Smart guilty for feeling as I mentioned yesterday when she spoke at Johns Hopkins, how she felt like a chewed piece of gum I think Holzapfel was was being compassionate towards Elizabeth Smart on that because she shouldn't of felt that way. She did not volunteer for that. However, where would she have gotten those ideas. I think she gets those ideas, not just from some of the lessons that are there young people were getting. But you can even turn to the miracle of forgiveness.
When Spencer Kimball talks about this on page 196 under the section called restitution for loss of chastity. This is what he writes. Also far-reaching is the effect of loss of chastity. Once given or taken, or stolen, it can never be regained. Even in a forced contact, such as rape or incest. The injured one is greatly outraged if she has not cooperated and contributed to the file deed.
She is of course in a more favorable position.
There is no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation, and any rights it is better to die in defending one's virtue then to live, having lost it without a struggle and that line I think Spencer Kimball should have never included in the book he should've stopped with. There is no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation. The fact that he adds, it is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live.
Having lost it without a struggle. What does that make an individual like Elizabeth Smart feel like because obviously she's overpowered by this man who is bigger than she is. But now she has to try to come up with some kind of subjective answer to this, did I struggle hard enough. Should I struggle more. Should I have gone to my death struggling. These are questions now that Elizabeth Smart has to deal with because of this line that Spencer Kimball includes on page 196 of his book the miracle of forgiveness.
I think Holzapfel is trying to be compassionate towards what happened to Elizabeth Smart. The problem is is his solution I think is something that he really does not have the authority to do. Hence, the question I asked at the beginning of this show does a non-general authority have the authority to reject past teachings of dead prophets. Now in this video holds up full recommends the words of Pres. Russell M.
Nelson, but unfortunately the clip that is available online is not the complete meeting and therefore we don't know what Russell M. Nelson said now maybe Mr. Holzapfel talked about that in another portion of the talk, but unfortunately we don't have what Mr. Holzapfel is referring to as far as what Russell M. Nelson has said when I look at some of the things that Russell Nelson had said I don't think it gives me comfort.
Let's just talk about to them.
Here's the first one. Russell M. Nelson in a talk prepare for the blessings of the temple. This was published in the end sign.
It was a special issue dealing with temples came out in October 2010 on page 42.
He said obedience to the sacred covenants made in temples qualifies us for eternal life. The greatest gift of God to man, he would also say something very similar to this in another general conference message at this is from May 2011 on us on a Saturday afternoon. General conference session. He says this teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless his children and bring them joy, warned them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break.
I call this cafeteria approached obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead the misery to prepare to meet God.
One keeps all of his commandments, and you have to understand folks that in this process of repentance keeping the commandments is absolutely essential. You not only must confess your sins never to repeat the sin, but you must also keep all the commandments of here we have profit Russell M. Nelson saying that you are to keep all the commandments of don't you think Eric that that's probably something that's concerning this young lady, Jill, and the boy that is sitting next to her. I would think absolutely it's all part of the package but then Holzapfel goes on to cite Neil Anderson who is currently a Mormon apostle.
He wrote a book called the divine gift of forgiveness that he does not mention the book by name, but it's pretty clear that this is the book that he's talking about and then he says this we should accept the prophetic teachings of day and he says we don't want to go back to the miracle of forgiveness by Pres. Kimball that that's amazing to me because when you read the divine gift of forgiveness.
A lot of what Neil Anderson says in that book is basically what Kimball said in the miracle of forgiveness.
But you have to admit, Eric Anderson says it in a much nicer tone. He's not quite as blunt as Spencer Kimball is but when he says we should accept the prophetic teachings of today. I would argue is what Nelson said about keeping all the commandments is that not a prophetic teaching for today. That's not a dead prophet.
That's a living prophet. Where does he get this idea that the living prophet takes precedence over the dead prophets, possibly from a talk given by Ezra Taft Benson the 14 fundamentals and following the prophet what you think about that bill. If he's referring to that he is referencing somebody who is a dead prophet and I think that's the Catch-22 of this whole silly concept. The never pit a dead prophet against the living prophet. In other words, if the living prophet says something that contradicts what a pass prophet is that always go with the living prophet just reject the past prophet. It seems to ignore the fact that when that prophet who is now dead set it. He was living so all of a sudden now what he said as truth while he was alive.
His valve falls because he's dead and if that's the case why didn't that prophet know they were teaching something that was full even though it was accepted as being true at the time he said it to see that the problem with this kind of thinking.
I think it opens the Pandora's box because there's can be a lot of problems if you're going to start suggesting that profits in the past who used to speak truth are no longer speaking truth.
Where does it stop it doesn't stop with Brigham Young you have to go all the way to Joseph Smith, the founder of this church and yet I think it would be heretical for you to stand before any kind of general conference audience and say what we really don't accept Joseph Smith. But as long as he agrees with our living prophets that would be considered heresy. I think by most Latter Day Saints and when holds a full says let's drop the dead prophets and embrace the living. What do we drop from the dead prophets almost sounds like you're opening up the door were the new prophet. Once he takes over has to go through a long litany of doctrines that he holds to so you know what to reject from the previous prophets in order to embrace the truth of the living prophet. They never give you a list like that.
How would a Latter Day Saints never really know what they should embrace as opposed to what they should reject. Unless, of course, the current leader out right says don't listen to what this prophet said, and they just don't do that you don't find this idea in any of the ancient LDS Scriptures. Certainly, the book of Mormon, but even the Bible you don't hear. Malachi complaining about what Isaiah said about who God was saying, well, that's a dead prophet here a minute tell you something different tomorrow were going to continue looking at some of the comments that were made by this area. 70 Richard night so Holzapfel when he spoke at a stake leadership meeting in Herriman, Utah in August 2021.
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