Previously: What If 'Follow The Prophet' Could Get You Killed?
Well, it's finally happened. The top leadership of the Church doesn't even pretend to receive revelations from the Lord anymore. They're now just making it up as they go.
Remember when Joseph Smith would take his concerns before the Lord and receive answers through revelation? And remember how he would publish those revelations in God's own voice so the members could read, ponder, and pray over them to get a witness from the Holy Ghost as to whether those revelations had, in fact, come from the Lord? Well, not anymore. That is so 19th century. Why should Russell Nelson consult the Almighty when he's already completely in charge? The general authorities today are done waiting on the Lord; they'll just go ahead and invent their own doctrines, thank you very much. That way they don't have to vet them.
Make no mistake: the recent Statement of the First Presidency on August 12th is now an official doctrine of the Church. Yet what are we to make of it? That declaration is so far out of left field, so overflowing with falsehood, so utterly ridiculous, that one would be forgiven for thinking it was a satirical piece planted by the Babylon Bee.
If you haven't seen that recent press release, it represents a veritable doubling down on the same false teachings the Church hierarchy has been promulgating for months now. (You can find my analyses of their former freewheelin' inventions HERE and HERE).
But this latest one takes the cake. Want to see how laughable that statement is? Here are a couple of highlights, but try not to laugh out loud if you're reading this on your phone in church:
"To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective."
How old are these guys, anyway? Do any of them even own a dictionary? You would think that before they issued this silly decree they would have looked up the meaning of the words "safe" and "effective."
And also the meaning of the word "proven."
Here's another howler:
"We can win this war if everyone will follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of medical experts and government leaders."
Now, I'm not much of a scriptorian, but I seem to recall pretty much every biblical prophet spending an inordinate amount of their time denouncing government leaders. And when they weren't doing that, they were calling the people to repentance because the people were too dumb to resist falling under the spell of those who would control them if given half a chance.
You remember, don't you? Remember this one? "Cursed is he who puts his trust in the arm of flesh"? It's practically the prime directive throughout all of scripture. It seems that every Old Testament prophet -from Samuel, to Nathan, to John the Baptist- spent half his time denouncing government leaders to their faces, and the other half calling the people to repentance for repeatedly putting their faith in those frauds. Show me a prophet in the Book of Mormon who wasn't ragging against those in power pretty much full time; you won't find one. Whatever it is you think the role of a prophet is, it is most certainly not to encourage God's people to "follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of government leaders."
And yet here are the three top goombas in the Church hierarchy trying to convince you that you should do just that. Notice anything missing from that pronouncement? How about any hint that they are conveying a message from God? Maybe just a tiny mention? Anything at all?
But wait a minute...isn't that the very role of a prophet-To convey a message from God to His people? So if Russell Nelson's mouth is moving and he is not delivering a message from God verbatim, why are you even listening to him? Why are you giving any of these useless usurpers the time of day?
As for the "medical experts" Russell Nelson is advising you to follow, I'll address them in a moment. But first, please take a look at the two short videos below. I chose these two above the the thousands of well-credentialed medical professionals whose counsel stands in stark opposition to the dangerous counsel of the First Presidency, and I did so for two reasons: 1, their pronouncements are short and to the point and 2, these cats don't don't pull any punches. In other words, they act and sound like we would expect prophets to act and sound. Neither of these men are LDS (one is a Catholic Friar), but their warnings contain more solid prophecies than you'll get from those dissimulators in the boardroom at 50 East North Temple.
The first is titled "Nothing Can Stop What Is Coming."
1. Those masks you see everyone wearing are almost completely ineffective in blocking the coronavirus.
2. That doesn't really matter anyway because the coronavirus is, in essence, no more serious than the flu. Unless you are seriously sick with something else, or really fat, you're likely to recover quckly, just as you regularly recover from the common cold. Which, by the way, is a coronavirus.
3. The substance currently being touted as a "vaccine" is not a vaccine at all, but instead a deadly pathogen designed to alter your DNA and mess with your body's ability to defend itself.
4. The so-called Delta Variant that has suddenly appeared is the "Fool Me Twice" of the 21st century. If you're falling for this con a second time...well, that one's on you.
Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News
That's the kind of empty logic we often hear from people who think doctors are enchanted beings who, once they receive their PhD, are magically imbued with an awareness of every advance in science and medicine ever discovered. Russell Nelson was a heart surgeon who earned his doctorate 67 years ago. During those years when he was cutting people open, it isn't likely he read many papers outside his narrow field of study. He never was a virologist, so between then and the day he left medicine for a career in religion, it's unlikely he has been keeping up with the mountains of research published on viral pathology. If he had, or better yet, had he bothered to consult with God before telling the Saints what they should be doing with their bodies, he might never have issued that stupid pronouncement.
Or maybe he still would have. We know there are some doctors out there who think they are gods. This one is:
1. a doctor who doesn't follow the science, and
Let me know why you think that makes him a reliable source in either category.
Maybe There's A Reason They Don't Get Revelations Anymore
Among the many false traditions in the modern LDS Church, one of the most glaring is this odd idea that the Twelve Apostles are all "prophets, seers, and revelators" with authority to govern and manage the affairs of the church. Yet nowhere do we see God having given them these gifts or this responsibility. Indeed, the reality is the Twelve are specifically prohibited from governing the church. According to the charge the early apostles were given, they were not to have anything to do with managing, governing, or running the church. Except for brief periods, they weren't even supposed to be anywhere near church headquarters. These apostles had been given tremendous power, privilege, and authority, but that authority was limited to areas outside the Church's central headquarters:
"They are the Twelve Apostles, who are called to the office of Traveling high council, who are to preside over all the churches over the Saints among the Gentiles, where there is no presidency established, and they are to travel and preach among the Gentiles, until the Lord shall command them to go to the Jews." (Kirtland Council Minute Book, pg 86)
If you fancy yourself a church leader and you can't even restrain yourself from sticking your nose where it doesn't belong, is it any wonder the Lord isn't trusting you with his oracles?
So what are we supposed to do if we can't rely on Church leaders to receive revelations on our behalf? How are we supposed to know the will of God? Well, one of the smartest things I ever heard a Church president say was this wise counsel from Harold B. Lee. Of course, that was before the leaders began to see themselves as qualified to give orders to the Saints rather than acting as their servants. It was a time when leaders of the Church could occasionally say something that was genuinely inspired:
"I say we need to teach our people to find their answers in the scriptures. If only each of us would be wise enough to say that we aren't able to answer any question unless we can find a doctrinal answer in the scriptures! And if we hear someone teaching something that is contrary to what is in the scriptures, each of us may know whether the things spoken are false -it is as simple as that. But the unfortunate thing is that so many of us are not reading the scriptures. We do not know what is in them, and therefore we speculate about the things that we ought to have found in the scriptures themselves. I think therein is one of our biggest dangers of today."
"The Lord has given us in the standard works the means by which we should measure truth and untruth. May we all heed His word: 'Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church.' " D&C 42:59 (First Presidency Message, Ensign, December 1972.)
Prescient words, indeed. Can you find anything in scripture that would support the First Presidency's decree of August 12th? Of course not. That entire statement is contrary to scripture. As LDS doctor Scott Bradley indicates in the video below, every sentence, every phrase, every word of that decree could be easily refuted by the scriptures.
If you think Dr Brooks and Friar Bognolo's stark warnings were over the top, consider that Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Center for Disease Control, inadvertently confirmed their assertions at a White House briefing on Covid-19:
"Additionally, reports from our international colleagues, including Israel, suggest increased risk of severe disease amongst those vaccinated early. Given this body of evidence, we are concerned that the current strong protection against severe infection, hospitalization, and death could decrease in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or who were vaccinated earlier during the phases of our vaccination rollout.
"In the context of these concerns, we are planning for Americans to receive booster shots, starting next month, to maximize vaccine-induced protection."
In case you can't easily wade through that word salad, what Wallensky is saying is that the vaccines are not working. Worse yet, they are having the opposite result from what was expected. Those who got the vaccines early have been coming down with the coronavirus at a much higher rate than those who have not been vaccinated. You'll recall that the reason people were persuaded to take the needle in the first place was because they were promised it would prevent them from getting the virus. Now Wallensky is saying those very people represent the fastest growing group currently catching the virus. So, she says, they're going to try giving all those people booster shots to see if that helps.
(Spoiler Alert: it won't. The booster shots are further weakening the bodies of those who take them and eroding the body's natural ability to fight off disease.)
You'll notice that Wallensky mentioned reports coming in from Israel. Israel is one of the most highly vaccinated countries in the world, with the highest percentage of vaccinated per population. But look at what is suddenly happening there. The Israelis are coming down with Covid at the rate of 9,200 infections per day, while their neighbors the Palestinians are getting far, far fewer. The Palestinians are not vaccinating, and when you look at the chart, you'll see cases in Palestine are flat and heading downward:
Someone should tell the First Presidency about this, because the data shows -and this is being proven with multiple studies across the board- that they were dead wrong three weeks ago when they promised "we can win this war if everyone will follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of medical experts and government leaders."
Allow me to state the obvious: The only time a member of the Church hierarchy should open his mouth is if he has received a direct revelation from the Lord. Due to these men's long record of consistent disobedience, that isn't likely to happen. So my advice to them is to just shut their traps and focus on what they are good at: taking the tithing they collect from the members and continuing to invest it in vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
The Narrative Is Crumbling
Agreement With Hell: Covenanting While Under The Influence Of Intoxicants
A fascinating exegisis of biblical and Book of Mormon prophecy tying together the failure of LDS Church leaders and a last days plague that looks a lot more like it resulted from Covid vaccinations than from any virus.
One of the reasons I don't blog as often as I used to is because this guy always does it better and more thoroughly than I can. Concise information and devastating videos here. He has tackled this topic several times in previous months, including the explanation on why the worldwide Covid fast didn't work. Consistently good take-downs of hypocrisy among Church leaders.
This post from the blog "Seeking YHWH" is an exhaustive collection of Mormon teachings on health, containing pretty much everything Joseph Smith ever said on the subject along with every scripture imaginable. There are also comparisons to the heretical teachings of modern general authorities like David Bednar who constantly teaches contrary to what God would have us do. An excellent source of scriptural teachings on health and a great resource.
When it comes to calling out hypocrisy in the Magisterium, nobody hits 'em harder and right between the eyes like the Anonymous Bishop. In a piece titled "Insurrecction of the Just" he challenges them with all the right questions in a way that will want to make you stand up and cheer.
This has been called "The Covid-19 Motherload of Truth." Here you'll find links to all the data, lots of studies, tons of videos, and more REAL SCIENCE than you're likely to uncover in a year on your own. An impressive database that clearly required a lot of work to compile.
This is another great source of videos and interviews that promote science over politics. Mike Adams "the Health Ranger" started this site because he was tired of Facebook banning his videos. Facebook will not allow you share anything on his site and that's unfortunate because this site is overflowing with great information. I try to check this daily for the latest bombshells.
Lew Rockwell is the libertarian host of this site featuring 8 or 10 articles per day by authors who represent the best in independent thinking. This is where I go when I want information on any topic of the day because I know it will not be slanted toward either political party. An indispensable source for critical thinkers who eschew the ruling class of either party. I preloaded this link above so it will take you directly to a large number of articles about Covid Vaccines with an emphasis on science, data, and evidence. But the site itself features pieces on a wide variety of topics.
No, The FDA Did Not Approve The Covid Vaccine [Video]
Last week President Biden announced that the Pfizer Covid vaccine had received FDA approval, removing it from the Emergency Use Authorization Act to status of fully approved. Well, not so fast there, Grampa. Anyone with half a brain knows that no medication is ever approved in six months, and sure enough, the Pfizer product that was supposedly "authorized" (conditionally, by the way) is not the jab you're thinking of. You can't even get the new vaccine because for one thing, it doesn't exist. It's not on the market. In fact, it hasn't even been manufactured yet. Dr Robert Malone, the same guy who created the mRNA technology and is warning everyone not to take it, explains how the president and the media are either deceived themselves, or they're trying to pull a fast one on us:
So This Is What Passes For "Science" Nowadays [Video]
I'm sure this will reassure those thinking about taking the jab. The CDC admits they don't have any data to show that a third vaccination will do any good, but by golly, they sure hope it does! Dr Malone returns to explain how the more booster shots you inject into a person, the less that person's body will be able to fight off disease and the better the chance they'll expire before their time.
Here's an interesting example of authority out of control. You'll notice there is no mention of following Christ or obeying a specific commandment of the Lord. It's just some narcisstic old coprolite going on about how you have to do what we say because we're in authority over you.
Get this guy a gig at the Dry Bar Comedy Club in Provo!
This story was just passed on to me this morning. I do not know the source. Take of it what you will:
"Elder Rasband was speaking at a meeting in Boise last week. Our nephew was in attendance. Someone asked about the vaccine and Elder Rasband responded that each person should understand that the church is being threatened and sued on a continual basis. The CDC has the church in their crosshairs. This request for the members to participate in the vaccine was simply to reduce liability for the church from the government. He said that members are to go to the Lord with this...and do what feels right for them. This has never been, nor ever will be a commandment."
If you're wondering how the federal government could possibly claim the right to dictate policy to a church, you can thank Heber J. Grant. When he incorporated the Church under the laws of the United States, he did not merely change its name (what was formerly "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" was now "The Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.") He also changed the very nature of the organization. What had been organized in 1830 as a "religious society" governed by God's law, was transformed in 1925 into an entity that owes its right to exist to the laws governing corporations. The final surrender of the church's autonomy was when the leaders were tricked into applying for 501(c)3 status. That makes the Church subject to what is called "Fundamental Public Policy" of the United States. Whether a given "policy" has been enacted into law or not is irrelevant. Like most "woke" corporations these days, the Corporation of the President would prefer not to get on the wrong side of the political/cultural zeitgeist. So what you're seeing is Church leadership deciding to go along to get along.
What this all means is explained in the following essays:
The Hidden Reason For The Policy Change On Baptisms
How Corporatism Has Undermined And Subverted The Church Of Jesus Christ