I feel like I need to apologize for some comments I made yesterday on two posts that have, fortunately, been removed from the forum. I criticized a brother who apparently is a member of this forum and feel that I did so unfairly. Some of the things this brother shares on his blog did not resonate with me, but I feel that my response was harsh and overbearing. I hope he will forgive me. I am sure he is a wonderful man and is doing what he feels the Lord wants him to do. In our digital world, it's easy to react to words on a screen, not realizing that there are actual people involved.
I should explain that I am very sensitive to teachings and practices that I feel could potentially lead to apostasy. I am currently serving as a bishop. One of the first things that happened when I began serving in this calling was the apostasy of a young family in my ward. The husband asked to be released from his calling. He told me that he and his wife were going to step away from the church. He told me he was pursuing the church of the Firstborn, having his calling and election made sure and receiving the Second Comforter and did not feel like the church would help him achieve those goals. He then proceeded to unload all of his grievances against the brethren and the church. The list was long and difficult to hear from a return missionary and formerly faithful brother. I didn't know much about Denver Snuffer at the time, but after reading some of his writings, it is apparent that this man is a follower. His family has not returned to church since that time and he is quite vocal about his opposition. As a new bishop, this was a sobering experience. It has bothered me ever since and I think about this family all the time. A number of other families in my ward have apostatized recently due to church policies regarding gay marriage, inability to reconcile church history issues, etc. Each of these affects me deeply. This is my flock. These are the sheep under my stewardship and I feel like I am losing them to cunning and ruthless wolves.
I am providing this background to help any whom I have offended understand my concern about teachings that go beyond official church doctrine and circumvent church leadership. I understand that there is a vast amount of knowledge regarding the eternities that has yet to be revealed. I am conscious of the times we are living in and recognize that the Lord will begin revealing things which have never been revealed to man. The world is changing and God is raising up men and women who will possess power that this world has yet to witness. I hope to be a part of that.
I hope to be more kind, more patient, and slower to judgement moving forward. That being said, I stand by my comments regarding the Adam-God theory. If there is truth in these teachings, it is not fully developed and not for the consumption of the general membership of the church. I stand by the warning from God's prophets against it. For those of us investigating doctrinal concepts accompanied by a claim of divine origin, we must be cautious. Even if they are authentic, they may be misunderstood or more than we can bear and can lead into error and apostasy.
I love you, brothers and sisters, and enjoy so much our associations on this forum. Let us continue to seek the will and the face of our Beloved Master, Jesus Christ.