Friday, May 20, 2011
Another rant against MOM's and Elder Packer's false teachings...
It's been nearly three weeks since my last post and I hadn't had the urge to write during that entire period. A close friend of mine recently posted a series of essays that resulted in a number of responses by those who tend to believe and espouse vociferously the gospel according to Evergreen International, a gospel that is based on lies, distortions and false hope.
After reading a series of lengthy responses from a young man who calls himself "A Peculiar Light," I could stay quiet no longer. Below is my response to APL's ongoing argument.
"Young men like APL are not just frustrating. They are DANGEROUS.
"I can say that with some authority because I was APL when I was 26. I knew the Lord would bless me and strengthen me for doing what President Packer suggested. I heard his original talk. I was inspired. I had faith.
As a result, I lived a life devoted to serving my family and the Church. Despite my best efforts and a loving, understanding and supportive wife, the facade I built on false faith eventually crumbled. (Remember that faith is "the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, WHICH ARE TRUE.")
"Like me when I was young, APL and his brethren espouse a way of life that has been found NOT to be true (what I would put in the same category as Heber J. Grant's pronouncement that man would never set foot on the moon). The result of their professions is pain and heartache for nearly all gay men who determine through faith they will adhere to it. According to research, less than 10% of mixed orientation marriages last more than 10 years. Would you fly on an airplane or allow your children to fly on an airplane that had a failure rate that approached 90% over the course of 10 years, even if an Apostle told you to do it? Of course not. What makes marriage any different?
"More importantly, the well meaning decisions of nearly all these naive yet faithful men eventually destroy the lives of their wives and adversely impact their children as well. Is this sound? I have to say to enter into this situation with clear understanding of the probable outcome is not just wrong, it is morally reprehensible.
"For those of us who have spent our lives dealing with the ramifications of bad advice from ecclesiastical leaders, we know ever too clearly what President Packer said when we were young as well as the intent of his message last fall. Let's not mince words or play semantic games. We are all adults.
"Joseph Smith taught and President Hinckley reiterated that all men (and I assume Apostles, too, are men) receive revelation regarding their personal stewardship TO THE DEGREE THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO RECEIVE IT. Just as Elder Mark E. Petersen's personal experience and prejudice led him to reject the revelation on blacks and the priesthood for over 20 years, President Packer's experience and prejudice regarding homosexuality preclude him from gaining additional divine direction on this important issue. (Hence, his talk was fundamentally revised post-address to one focused on pornography rather than homosexuality. Why? Because his teachings on homosexuality in the sermon were not doctrinally sound.)
"The tragic result of an Apostle teaching false doctrine, whether he is well intentioned or not, is that lives are ruined. APL may have thought he was strengthened by the talk, but by and by APL will probably discover like most of us that the end result of following false doctrine is destruction regardless of who taught it.
"Now to you, APL. Go ahead and preach your views like Zeezrom, the Book of Mormon legalist who led so many faithful saints astray. We all do impetuous and ill-conceived things when we are young that we later regret. You are not too different than the rest of us. I would love to talk to you, however, when you are 50.
"The real problem, APL, is that your naivete and persuasive ability will lead untold numbers of young men, equally naive, to ruin their lives and those of precious young women, if you are left unchecked."
I would not look forward to standing before the Lord with that burden weighing heavily on my shoulders.