Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Alma 1:16-18 -- On Priestcraft and God's Will

"Nevertheless, this did not put an end to the spreading of priestcraft through the land; for there were many who loved the vain things of the world, and they went forth preaching false doctrines; and this they did for the sake of riches and honor.
Nevertheless, they durst not lie, if it were known, for fear of the law, for liars were punished; therefore they pretended to preach according to their belief; and now the law could have no power on any man for his belief.
And they durst not steal, for fear of the law, for such were punished; neither durst they rob, nor murder, for he that murdered was punished unto death."
Alma 1:16-18

This is a good reminder of the dangers of what the Book of Mormon calls priestcraft... preaching for profit rather than for God, and preaching just what people want to hear.  Just like we didn't always (don't always?) want to hear what our parents have to say, we don't always welcome God's messages.  Despite our approval or disapproval though, God is still God, and he always has a point.
Today, let's make sure that we are listening to God's messages, and his will, and not picking and choosing doctrine because it sounds nice, or goes along with the bad habits that we want to retain in our lives.  Let's look to God, and change ourselves, rather than trying to change him, in his perfection.

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