What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
Dustin commented on a recent post that he thinks I’m a cynic.
While my beliefs and attitudes might come off as cynical, I don’t think that they’re unfounded. I had been preparing a post after a scripture study this past weekend to explain just this (i.e., why I believe what I believe re: the government and secret combinations) but these few citations should suffice for now:
And unto you it shall be given to know the signs of the times, and the signs of the coming of the Son of Man; (D&C 68:11)
We need to be on the watch for the “signs of the times”, which are becoming ever more evident day by day.
Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. (Ether 8:23-24)
And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment-seats—having usurped the power and authority of the land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him; doing no justice unto the children of men;Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreoverto be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills. (Helaman 7:4-5)
We always talk about how the Book of Mormon was written for our day. If that’s the case, and if the Book of Mormon is laden with examples of the secret combinations within (and without) the government overthrowing both the Nephite and Jaredite civilizations, doesn’t that mean the same will happen to ours? Yes. Take, for example, this verse:
And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written (D&C 84:57)
What are we supposed to remember about the Book of Mormon? Is this implying that we have to read it half an hour a day or else remain under condemnation? No. It means we have to remember what it teaches us. And what, pray tell, does the Book of Mormon teach us, better than any other book?
Could it be that it teaches us about secret combinations?
We often talk about the “plain and precious” things that were taken out of the Bible. All too often this is interpreted as the Bible having been doctrinally watered down. Yes, that’s true. However, I would ask the studious scriptorian: Does the Bible make a single mention of the title “secret combination”? Is there anywhere in the Bible that we are warned against these organizations and powers? Odd, wouldn’t you say…? Coincidence? No way.
So, am I a cynic? Yes. Do I have reason to be? Yes, and so should you.