Judging Through Judgement
Why is it the most judgemental people are those who get upset when they think people are judging them? Judging through judgement is what I’ll call it.
One of my recent goals for self-improvement is to avoid priestcraft in all its forms. I didn’t realize how prevalent it is until recently when I decided to research it more. The encouragement to do this came from my Book of Mormon reading.
Before I go any further, I’m going to flat out say it… in order to avoid pitfalls, one must make judgements as to what is right and what is wrong. We do this all the time. An extreme example would be if someone told you drinking arsenic would cure cancer, I would hope your better judgement would tell you to not drink arsenic.
When I read Jesus’ admonition to ‘judge not, lest thou be judged’ (see Matt. 7:1-3), I understand that to mean we shouldn’t judge people’s motivation or intent. There’s no scriptural basis to say we shouldn’t say something is a sin, when the scriptures and the prophets say it is a sin. There is, however, scriptural basis that says we shouldn’t question a person’s reason for sinning, or condemn because they have sinned.
I got the willies when I read where a guy was touting various forms of inequity and the message of his writing was this: Don’t give a hoot what others think. Just keep on sinning. Anyone who tells you your sinning is judging you.
These judges who accuse active church-goers of judgement place labels on people: gay, straight, LGBT, black, latino, white, etc. Wait… after Christ visited the New World, doesn’t the Book of Mormon say there were no ‘-ites’ among them?
Aren’t these labels forms of ‘-ites’?
If you’re not convinced, anciently a gay man would be called a Sodomite. A latino a Lamanite. Need I continue?
Re-reading this guys writing made me feel yucky inside. I don’t know what his motivation is for writing the stuff he writes, but for me, past experience has shown those yucky-inside feelings means something is amiss with what I’m reading. Or, another way to say it is, the Spirit of the Lord is telling me it is false doctrine and meant to lead people away from the truth.
The Litmus Test
I was introduced to litmus paper at a very young age. I think I got my first chemistry set when I was around 5 or 6 years old. Litmus paper tells you the pH of a solution.
When it comes to the gospel teachings, my litmus test is my gut. When my gut tells me something is wrong, it is usually wrong. There is also a secondary test I apply. It is what have the current apostles and prophets said?
I’ll give you an example: Someone was saying the church just needs to get with the times, and eventually they will when it comes to gay marriage. When Elder Christofferson was asked about that, his answer was an authoritative, “Never.”
So, to have someone write about the subject in such a way that encourages behaviours contrary to the teachings of the Savior, and then attempt to use the Saviors teachings as justification… well… it fails both tests.
Is it Priestcraft?
If he’s doing it for the praise of men and money, it fits the Book of Mormon definition of priestcraft.