Bending under the weight of social pressure
From: Major changes to Mormon temple ceremony, especially for women
Religion News Service (Feb 14, 2019)
The LDS Church once again has bowed to the social pressures of society and has started changing doctrine on worship and temple rituals.
This time to be more inclusive of the role of women. Like the author suggests, these are GOOD things. However, when major pillars of the faith are changing to conform to the social environment, doesn't that mean perhaps the leaders of the LDS church had it wrong before?
- Don't forget, at one time black Mormons were not allowed to be part of the LDS priesthood and after time that had changed due to the civil rights movement occurring around North America and the world.
- Let's remember that Joseph Smith said that people lived on the moon and he saw them there.
- What about the supposed battles between the Nephites and the Lamanites, why can't we find a single shred of archaeological evidence but you can find a crazy amount historical evidence from the Bible (ie you can see the ruins of Jericho or stand in Jerusalem)
The troubling thing about this article is that it's being done in secret. So that when they are sharing their faith that they can say women have always had an equal standing before God, but in truth in the LDS church that just happened.
GONE: women’s promise to hearken to their husbands, as the husbands hearken directly to the Lord. Men are no longer intermediaries between women and God in the temple.
EXPANDED: the role of Eve, who previously had no dialogue after the expulsion from Eden, and is now purportedly more loquacious (tending to talk a great deal; talkative) than Satan.
UNITED: women and men covenanting together to serve God, with the same promises, rather than covenanting separately with slightly different wording.
These are not simple little changes, and you need to ask yourself why are they changing? Is it because God has spoken, or is it because the LDS church is trying to stay current.
Let's remember, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Some of the attributes of God are, omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (everywhere, at all times), unchanging, to name a few. If the leaders of the LDS church hear from God as they claim they do, there should be no reason to change foundation pillars of the faith.
So what explanation does that leave?