Lukewarm is an interesting word. It denotes many ideas. For example, lacking conviction, indifferent, perfunctory, and yeah-so what. It may be the simplest word to describe the masses as evil spreads throughout the land.
Nearly seventy-five years ago when the world was being challenged by tyrants and domestic troubles John A. Widtsoe stated: “The troubles of the world may largely be laid at the doors of those who are neither hot nor cold; who always follow the line of least resistance; whose timid hearts flutter at taking sides for truth…. We are, or we are not,on the side of the Lord…. The final conquerors of the world will be the men and women, few or many matters not, who fearlessly and unflinchingly cling to truth, and who are able to say no, as well as yes, on whose lofty banner is inscribed: No compromise with error. …” Continue reading
Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil (Psalms 56:5). A verse from scripture that may convey the feelings of presidential candidates toward media. The current target is Ben Carson.
To “wrest” means to twist, distort, or pervert. Some journalists and their sidekicks, unscrupulous researchers, have a fixation with examining and digging a pit for presidential candidates, especially Republican ones. It is a caught and gotcha game which, in my opinion, disregards the ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The evidence is stacking up that some in the media are operating under a false, vain, and foolish private agenda. A growing number of journalist, radio personalities, news hosts, shallow talk shows, and internet hacks are gasping for the limelight. They crave readers and viewers. They are often puffed up in their hearts and minds to become a media sensation. Continue reading
Recent article published on LDSDAILY.com.
John Reynolds, a U.S. Congressmen from Illinois in the 1830’s and 1840’s hosted Joseph Smith when he visited Washington D.C. in the winter of 1839-1840. After several opportunities to be in Smith’s presence and hear him speak both privately, with dignitaries, and the public in large gatherings, Reynolds observed: No one can for tell the destiny of this sect, and it would be blasphemy, at this day, to compare its founder to the Savior, but, nevertheless it may become veritable history, in a thousand years, that the standing and character of Joseph Smith as a prophet, may rank equal to any of the prophets who have preceded him.”
Reynolds’ comment leaves us to believe that he recognized a prophetic nature in Joseph.
Joseph Smith never pretended to be a Savior. He did declare he was a prophet called by the Savior to restore the fulness of the gospel. The good tree is bringing forth good fruit.