Every Wind of Doctrine
I love my group. I love the people in it. They are each amazing and wonderful. But a select few of them have managed to come up with some fairly odd ideas.
I was recently having a conversation with a friend of mine who had managed to find someof these ideas. He had talked to a member in the work who had convinced him of a doctrine so off the wall that there was no way it could ever line up with scriptures. Despite this, he was willing to completely throw out the scriptures and the warnings or priesthood leaders, and follow this new wind of doctrine. Why? Because it's new and cool and unique.
And yet, there is no way I could ever stand in judgement of this brother. I can look a tthe doctrine he professes and know that I would never follow it, but I have this same weakness. It is so easy for me to be fooled by a smooth presentation of something new and never before considered. It's like a shiny object just out of reach, and if I chase the siren's call long enough, I can find myslef entirely lost in a strange territory, away from the safety of the fold. Luckily for me, I have two things to help me: Scriptures that are reliable and point the way to the true God, and Shepherd who always knows where to find me when I wander.
There are many confusing voices in the world out there, especially in the world of Mormon Fundamentalism. The trick is to follow God always, through the Scriptures He has given us, and never to put our trust in the arm of flesh. A man with an opinion that disagrees with the Scriptures is a man whose opinion disagrees with God's. And all of us who struggle in the confusing myriad of doctrins out there can look forward to the same day that Paul did in Ephesians 4:13-15, where he dasecribes the times when we will no longer be tossed by every wind of doctrine.