Saturday, July 06, 2013

When the personal line disagrees with the priesthood line

Earlier today, Papa D posted his analysis of Dallin H. Oaks' talk "Two Lines of Communication." I'd like to clarify just one thing. Elder Oaks does make it clear that the personal line doesn't authorize anyone to be out of harmony with the priesthood line:

"Unlike the personal line, in which our Heavenly Father communicates with us directly through the Holy Ghost, the priesthood line of communication has the additional and necessary intermediaries of our Savior, Jesus Christ; His Church; and His appointed leaders....

"We cannot communicate reliably through the direct, personal line if we are disobedient to or out of harmony with the priesthood line.... Unfortunately, it is common for persons who are violating God’s commandments or disobedient to the counsel of their priesthood leaders to declare that God has revealed to them that they are excused from obeying some commandment or from following some counsel. Such persons may be receiving revelation or inspiration, but it is not from the source they suppose." (Ensign, Nov. 2010.)

God does not contradict himself. God's truth received by way of the personal line does not contradict God's truth received by way of the priesthood line.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reference. Seems like there are all sorts of people on the bloggernacle who have claimed to receive personal revelation about all sorts of doctrines and issues. They feel they are ahead of church leaders, and are just waiting for everyone else to catch up. They "know" polygamy was a false teaching, that the church's position on SSM is wrong, that obviously women had the priesthood when th RS was formed, that women are given the priesthood in the temple, and on and on. I sometimes wonder how many of these people can be active practicing Latter-day Saints, but then as you read further, you realize that in fact, most of them are not.

7/11/2013 05:17:00 AM  
Blogger Papa D said...

Thanks for the mention, R. Gary.

Anonymous, if your comment was pointed at me, it is a completely inaccurate assumption - in every particular of your comment.

7/21/2013 12:19:00 AM  

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