Speaking about anxiety, in the latest issue of the Ensign there is a great article. Since my accident a couple of years ago I’ve struggled with anxieties and PTSD. Whether you have anxieties or know someone who does, this article is worth reading. (click here)
If you don’t know someone who suffers from this, I would still read it. I would read it so you have a better understanding of the seriousness of mental illnesses like this. They are real.
Unlike depression, anxiety is typically a result of life events and experiences. Chronic depression is often a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression can cause anxiety, but so can a serious accident, divorce, abandonment, and other things we experience.
I encourage you to read the article.
The other day I was thinking about secret combinations that may be closer than we think. After reading a couple of online articles about homosexuality and church members, I was struck by the thought that Satan is working hard to infiltrate the church membership.
Love the Sinner – Hate the Sin
We’ve heard the saying, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.”
Nowhere have I ever read in the scriptures that we should, “Love the sinner, and embrace their sin.”
That’s where I felt uneasy while reading this article. While I agreed 100% about loving those who suffer with same-sex attraction, the underlying message was this… This man felt attracted to other men, so why should he feel guilty when he’s with the man he loves.
I guess that would depend on what they do when they are together. The article made no mention of living the law of chastity. It implied the man came to the conclusion he could be active in the church if he shoved aside his guilt and had physical intimacy with another man. No, it didn’t come out and say that, but it didn’t deny it either. I guess we’ve entered the relhm of don’t ask, don’t tell.
Nephi talks about secret combinations in 2 Nephi 26:22. He writes, “And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness;”
He continues in that same verse, “yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.”
Isn’t it interesting he uses secret combinations and flaxen cord in the same verse?
Smell of Smoke
I think it was President Kimball who commented about the smell of cigarette smoke being a welcome smell at church. He was talking about the penitent sinner making an honest attempt to come back to church. The message being we should help them on the road to repentance and welcome them when they come to church.
I think of Brother Hook in my old ward. When I met him he was a heavy smoker and not a member of the church; his wife was. He joined the church and struggled with quitting smoking, but he did. The ward embraced him, but they didn’t embrace his smoking.
There is a valid concern about the embracing of homosexuality. Sex between anyone except a man and a woman who are married is a sin. Period. There’s no debate inside the church about that. But, to say we should treat it differently than any other sin is a flaxen cord.
It Doesn’t Stop Here
It doesn’t stop here. I’ve also seen articles online that speculate about church doctrines and policies. While on the surface they appear academic, underneath they have the appearance of destroying trust, belief and faith.
The cure in my opinion is reading the Book of Mormon. I find it amazing how often I read one of these articles and immediately a scripture from the Book of Mormon comes to mind. (Just like 2 Nephi 26:22 did.) It’s hard to be deceived when you’re reading the Book of Mormon daily. I’m not implying you’re not going to sin by so doing, but I am claiming you’ll notice suspicious doctrines.