The recent “Maybe I’ll meet a girl” propoganda and the priests of King Noah

Quick post. There has been an article going around facebook about the gay guy in the Book of Mormon musical who used to be LDS. The article presented the man as a sob story. It apparently wasn’t his fault that he decided to start having sex with men.

[[Need to include lehis dream and those pointing and mocking]]

I was initially reminded of what I have been told about Dante’s Inferno. Those in Hell and those in purgatory don’t necessarily have different sins. But those in hell all have some big story explaining why the sin was just not their fault, and those in purgatory instead admit that they were responsible for their own sins. The guy in the article is clearly portrayed as not being responsible for his sins.

The tone of those who are supporters of this article brings to mind this part of the trial of Abinadi by the wicked priests of Noah.

Mosiah 12:20 And it came to pass that one of them said unto him: What meaneth the words which are written, and which have been taught by our fathers, saying:
 21 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;
 22 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion;
 23 Break forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;
 24 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God?
Now the point of that question by the priests of Noah is not that the priests of Noah find the scripture hard to understand. They are saying that Abinadi is going against the scriptures. They are saying that Abinadi should be “bringing good tidings”, that he be “publishing peace”. They think these scriptures condemn Abinadi because he isn’t “bringing good tidings of good” and teaching that “The Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem” and that “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God”.

The point is that to become qualified to be a priest of King Noah you had to avoid teaching that sin is bad. It seems much like what we see today where, in Joseph Fielding McConkie’s words, “the only thing that is morally wrong is to say that something is morally wrong”.  Instead to be a priest of Noah you needed to teach how pleased with everybody God was. You had to be publishing peace.

It is likely that while the scriptures describe the priests of king Noah as “wicked”, they did all they could to make words like “wicked” very unpopular. Instead, you need to be publishing tidings of joy.

Interestingly, the same spirit is invoked today, both within and without the church, to condemn anyone that opposes anything evil. Almost always a popularized version of what it means to be “Christlike” is invoked, though I have yet to hear someone invoke what Christ actually said or did in support of such arguments. Some of those who invoke that spirit are genuinely evil. Some who invoke it simply prefer to be cool and popular. But both have the same effect of trying to silence anyone who tries to stand up for truth and right. They silence their targets by falsely accusing them of going against the scriptures.

The good new for their targets is that Christ actually DID teach:

3 Nephi 10 And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 11 And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;


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John Robertson

I am nothing more than a regular member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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