Saturday, October 17, 2009

Latter-day Saint Ethical Life

A link to this showed up in my inbox this morning.

http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/the-mormon-ethic-of-civility

I thought it was interesting that several LDS general authorities were quoted, and quotes like this:

"Latter-day Saint ethical life requires members to treat their neighbors with respect, regardless of the situation."

attempt to inspire behavior based on church membership.

Nowhere was Christ quoted, from either the Book of Mormon or the Bible. So, who is our authority in the LDS church? What is our primary allegiance? To the institutional church, or to Christ? Pointing people to Thomas Monson and "the Church" just doesn't have the power of pointing them to Christ and the cross.

1 comment:

Paul said...

"Whether it be by mine own voice or the voice of my servants, it is the same" (close to exact quote).

In other words: Paying homage to TSM is the same as paying homage to Christ. It used to be referred to as 'the divine investiture of authority' that applied to the Godhead (Christ speaking as though he were the Father), but perhaps it has always been beyond that scope as well. Isn't it also true that we cannot gain entrance into the Celestial Kingdom without JS's permission -- that we must all pass by him (or Him).