Religiously dedicate yourself to follow a man–any man–and secure for yourself a telestial glory

If you devote your allegiance to a man, and commit to follow his precepts, you better hope you’re friends with a lot of liars, sorcerers, adulterers, and whoremongers, because otherwise it might get a bit lonely down there.  And I mean down.

I had a friend tell me once that his father, a sincere, active member of the Church who holds a high calling in his stake, was “all about the bretheren.”  That seems very dangerous to me.  I was in a meeting with Elder Bednar in which he taught, “Don’t ask me to interpret scripture for you.  Don’t ask me to do your homework for you.”  That sounds to me like a true messenger of Christ pointing all toward a direct relationship with God and resisting the human tendency to encourage the worship of things we can see with our physical eyes, including the Brethren.  Some clearly want to deify the Brethren by continually asserting their infallibility.  That is the exact opposite of what the Prophet Joseph taught,

“And none are required to tamely and blindly submit to a man because he has a portion of the priesthood. We have heard men who hold the priesthood remark, that they would do anything they were told to do by those who presided over them, if they knew it was wrong; but such obedience as this is worse than folly to us; it is slavery in the extreme; and the man who would thus willingly degrade himself should not claim a rank among intelligent beings, until he turns from his folly. A man of God… would despise the idea. Others, in the extreme exercise of their almighty authority have taught that such obedience was necessary, and that no matter what the saints were told to do by their presidents, they should do it without asking any questions. When Elders of Israel will so far indulge in these extreme notions of obedience as to teach them to the people, it is generally because they have it in their minds to do wrong themselves.” (Millennial Star, vol.14 #38, pp. 593-95)

Brigham Young added:

“What a pity it would be, if we were led by one man to utter destruction! Are you afraid of this? I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken the influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know, themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not. This has been my exhortation continually.” (JD 9:150)

D&C 76 explains how it is possible to follow a prophet to hell (literally):

98 And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;

99 For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.

100 These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;

101 But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant.

102 Last of all, these all are they who will not be gathered with the saints, to be caught up unto the church of the Firstborn, and received into the cloud.

103 These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.

104 These are they who suffer the wrath of God on earth.

105 These are they who suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.

106 These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work;

Enoch and Isaiah and Moses and Paul were not slackers.  And yet anybody who attaches themselves to them are cast down to hell.  Follow the prophet, he knows the way?  No, follow the Savior; He is the way.  Know the whisperings of the spirit to avoid folly and slavery in the extreme.  The only place you can follow a man is to hell.  True messengers point us to Christ; false messengers point us anywhere else.

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