Philippians 4:4; “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

A speech given by Richard G. Scott way back in 2001,  was, and still is, a sad depiction of the Mormon’s everyday life. Ignoring Paul’s reminder to rejoice in all things, they’ve chosen to take another path and listen to lies.

richard-g-scottGeneral Conference, ‘First Things First,’ April 2001;“Don’t become overanxious. Do the best you can. We cannot say whether that blessing will be obtained on this side of the veil or beyond it, but the Lord will keep His promises. In His infinite wisdom, He will make possible all you qualify in worthiness to receive. Do not be discouraged. Living a pattern of life as close as possible to the ideal will provide much happiness, great satisfaction, and impressive growth while here on earth regardless of your current life circumstances…

In other words, go ahead and work yourself to death here on earth to make an impressive display, and who knows what the future may bring?

An axiom we all understand is that you get what you pay for. That is true for spiritual matters as well. You get what you pay for in obedience, in faith in Jesus Christ, in diligent application of the truths that are learned in your own life. What you get is the molding of character, the growth in capacity, the successful completion of your purpose here on earth—to be proven…

The axiom Mr. Scott referred to is a great rule to live by when you’re only shopping at the five and dime. If however, you’re like other Christians, you’re banking  heavily on the grace and mercy option God graciously offered us through the life and blood of His Son, Jesus.

Time and time again at funerals, statements are made that the deceased will inherit all blessings of celestial glory when that individual has in no way qualified by obtaining the necessary ordinances and by keeping the required covenants. That won’t happen. Such blessings can only be earned by meeting the Lord’s requirements. His mercy does not overcome the requirements of His law. They must be met.” – Richard G. Scott

The Christian hymn ‘Rejoice in the Lord Always’ was based on Philippians 4:4, listed above, and it’s what I thought of upon reading Mr. Scott’s recital of the Mormon god’s offer of salvation.

Very tragically another axiom for Mormons is the too oft repeated phrase, ‘I’ll find out when I get there’. Somehow I don’t think living in blind obedience is what Paul had in mind while encouraging the Philippians.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to include your prayers for the Mormon people. More times than not, they’re looking for guidance so be ready in season and out!