Apostle Ballard’s Subtle Lies to LDS Youth
Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Today we’re looking at an article in the latest New Era Magazine. As a reminder, the Church’s intended audience for this periodical is their youth group consisting of 12-18 yr old kids. To read the article in full, see New Era, ‘The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ (excerpts),’ May 2019.
The article was written by their apostle M. Russell Ballard and his focus was the Two Greatest Commandments – see biblical passage listed above. For the sake of time, we’re looking at one key item of interest. Ballard’s comment was couched in a lot of nondescript directives that’d be easy to look over, thus our pointing it out here.
‘Loving God and loving our neighbors is the doctrinal foundation of ministering…and the work of salvation on both sides of the veil supported in the Relief Societies and elders quorums.’
The Two Greatest Commandments have nothing to do with performing necromantic rituals in a temple. How can someone love their neighbor when they’re dead? It serves absolutely no purpose, and it’s not what Jesus was talking about when He answered questions put forth by the Pharisees.
Furthermore, when you point to your church, you’re not pointing to the God of the Bible. Shame on Mr. Ballard!
Lastly, you can’t love God with all your heart when you profess a belief that you’ll be a god yourself someday.
Please, pray for those who’ve been taught these lies and for Jesus to protect their heart.
With Love in Christ;
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