Tuesday, July 7, 2020

D&C 26: Revelation Unplugged

Here we have a stripped-down counterpart to some of the lengthier, flowerier revelations.  This is just two verses long.  After some pretty basic, mundane instructions in the first paragraph, the second addresses something that just seems laughable when applied to the modern church:

And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith, for all things you shall receive by faith. Amen.

Common acquiescence, you mean.  Giving consent implies that a lack of consent is supposed to change something. Those who vote to sustain church leadership are agreeing with decisions they have no power to affect.  Those who vote to oppose church leadership are suffering under...how would Cook say it...non-consensual dominion, maybe?

This is, of course, driven home by the voting at the April 2020 General Conference, in which the apostles, isolated from an audience due to the viral pandemic, asked everyone around the world to vote.  And then, without having thousands of conference center attendees to provide a facade of visible consent, the apostles behaved as though the members had provided that consent.  Or maybe they behaved as though member consent was completely unnecessary to the administrative processes of the church.  How weird that those two behaviors could look exactly the same.

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