On the wrestling mat we watch two people throw each other around and we call it “competition.”
But the very same conduct, off the mat, suddenly becomes "assault and battery!"
Or take sex. Within the bonds of matrimony we call it "procreation." Something ennobling and sacred and part of a divine plan, right?
But removed from the wedding bed and taken across town to the seedy mattress of an extramarital motel hook-up, that very same act has now become "adultery" or "fornication."
The Gig is Up
Well, guess what? Satan knows that context is everything, too.
There's no reason for Lucifer to reinvent the wheel. It is much more effective to take something God has ordained and . . . tweak it. Twerk it?
We see the devil taking something that is good and godly in certain contexts, and placing it in another context, thereby creating what the scriptures call an "abomination."
An abomination is not just something bad, or sinful, or reprehensible.
An "abomination" in the sight of God refers to a religious rite, ordinance, practice or doctrine that has been corrupted by churches.
Grandmother's Recipe for Sticky Abomination Buns
Here's how to cook up a hot batch of abomination:
Step 1. Take something good and godly; and
Step 2. Put it into a context where it is no longer good or godly; but (and here's the important part)
Step 3. Treat it as if it were still good and godly.
Voila! Now, remove from the oven our hot-n-ready "Dead Work."
This is how apostasy works. Or what we call a "falling away."
According to the Lord, the same practice (at least, it looks the same on the outside) can either be "living" or "dead."
Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing, for you cannot enter in at the strait gate by the law of Moses, neither by your dead works.
Well, this is alarming! Apparently baptism a hundred times is not good.
Nowhere in Section 22 does it talk about "authority." Nowhere does it mention "priesthood."
But did you notice what is mentioned three times in just four verses?
The scary part is where the Lord warns us that we "cannotenter in at the strait gate" under a legalistic religion, or by keeping the law, or by any other "dead work."
The reason I am sweating bullets now is because (as we all can attest), our LDS traditions are (1) legalistic (just read the Handbook); (2) filled with obedience to laws; and replete with "dead works" (just ask Mormon to quote Moroni 7:6-12 to you).
Hmm. So we see the problem.
Religions, ironically, are the main source of abominations because we practice a gospel wherein we have broken (perverted) the everlasting covenant and yet we still think our rites are efficacious.
Satan does his very best work in our churches, where most of his mischief is accomplished (do you really think he is spending quality time on skid row? No, he much prefers the refined sanctuaries of the Great and Spacious Buildings we furnish for him).
This is why Satan's church is called The Great and Abominable Church.
I mentioned baptism, so let's use it as an example by running it through our Recipe: Step 1. Take the ordinance of baptism; and Step 2. Place baptism in a context where infants need to be baptized to escape Limbo; but
Step 3. Act as if infant baptism is good and godly, since baptism is, after all, part of Christ's gospel.
Maybe this explains why Mormon was so mad about infant baptism. Perhaps his anger was not directed at the sincere parents who just wanted to bless their babies with baptism, but at the religious leaders who taught the parents to participate in this abomination in the first place.
As we read the following words about baptism, open your mind to other practices this could relate to in the Church:
I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.
He that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity . . . For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism.
Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent.
(Moroni 8:9, 14-16)
What came to your mind?
Does God save one person because they don't drink coffee, but the other must perish because he drinks coffee?
Is it solemn mockery for leaders to implement a policy where we must pay tithing to enter into the temple to receive saving ordinances, which effectively places a price tag on them?
I met a highwayman journeying to the Sea. Pity in his coral smile showed, so I thought, as he took my eyes from me, and much more, until, blind, in disbelief I cried, ”You cannot charge a toll on this straight and narrow road!”
Laughing, he said, “No living soul can pass this gulf without Charon’s fee. Did you think salvation would be (or ever could be) free?” And laughing cut my throat.
I fell among thieves who unburdened my boat as I sailed a forsaken, tempestuous Sea. I had no coin for their hungry purse as they bound me gleefully and severed my tender flesh, until, a eunuch, in agony I pled, “I’ve nothing left; just let me live!”
“There is always more to give,” they laughing said. “Bodies sink but corpses float to greet the devil’s hearse. Will you buy his token to pay the final fare in lovely lilac blood?” and slit my throat.
I sank beyond all breath into the depths of the cool, calm Sea. I asked, “Does no one care what happens to me?”
I heard a voice and looked up to see a man dressed beautifully in fairest silk and ivory pearl. He stretched his hands in prayer, smiling down at me, and kissed my throat.
“Of course I can help you,” Master Mahan said, “In death there is much to gain. Have you not learned the lesson descended down from Cain?"
Are There Toll Booths Along the Strait and Narrow Way?
Religions present themselves as toll booths along the straight and narrow path, inserting themselves as blockades on our journey back to Father.
And the leaders of religion, who man these toll booths, use priestcraft to become popular and to profit from their labor.
What price have we paid in order to purchase our ticket through the Gate?
Sure, Lehi taught "salvation is free" (2 Nephi 2:4); and Nephi explained that redemption does not require any money, not one red cent (2 Nephi 26:25); and Peter made it very clear that the ordinances of the priesthood could not be purchased for 10% of our income (Acts 8:18-21); and Alma spoke truthfully when he said Church leaders should not receive any money, not a single penny, for serving in their spiritual offices (Alma 30:33); and Jesus himself never taught his disciples to pay tithing, but used a Full Tithe Payer as the ultimate example of the damned (Luke 18:9-14) . . .