Consecration, paid ministry, our lack of scriptural feasting

What can I do but laugh at our own lack of knowledge, including my own folly? It is sadly humorous how little we know about the scriptures. Like a idiot playing drunk, we stumble about, not knowing anything about them, for no other reason than for lack of our own study.

How many times have we read of Nehor and objected both to the idea that teachers should be popular, as well as to his teaching that they should be paid. Now that is a perfectly fair objection, for Alma led the church under god to be sure. But we lay it down as an eternal principle that leaders of the church should not be paid, rather than as God’s direction to the Nephites.

And we do so with no sense of irony that other scriptures in the same triple combination or quad we are reading out of teach that under consecration the opposite is true.

Incidentally, under the lower law of Moses, the opposite was also true. The Levites were both the priests, as well as being the judges in any difficult case or dispute not laid out clearly enough in the law of Moses, and the Lord is very plain that the people are to provide for the Levites. He doesn’t even give the Levites a land (which was necessary for crops and herds), but requires the people to provide for them. Not long ago I read D&C 42:71-73

D&C 42:71 And the elders or high priests who are appointed to assist the bishop as counselors in all things, are to have their families supported out of the property which is consecrated to the bishop, for the good of the poor, and for other purposes as before mentioned;
72 Or they are to receive a just remuneration for all their services, either a stewardship or otherwise, as may be thought best or decided by the counselors and the bishop.
73 And the bishop, also, shall receive his support, or a just remuneration for all his services in the church.

Here I was now, reading

D&C 70:12 He who is appointed to administer spiritual things, the same is worthy of his hire, even as those who are appointed to a setwardship to administer in temporal things;

13 Yea, even more abundantly, which abundance is multiplied unto them through the manifestations of the Spirit.

14 Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.

So those who were administering spiritual things were to be supported under consecration. The context of these verses is about those who were stewards over the revelations and commandments.

Do I think our practices are wrong in this matter? No. Of course not.

When the full law is lived, will it be according to the revelations. Of course it will.

But for now, that is not the law the Lord has given.

And returning to where I started, I would note that the scriptures speak of those in serious moral perversion saying that the show of their countenances witness against them, they cannot hide it.

No, we are not generally involved in serious moral sin.

But sadly, we like to maintain a good show at church. However the minute we open our mouths to teach or comment on the gospel the show of our own words witnesses against us that we haven’t been feasting on the scriptures. We could not have been feasting and know as little as we do.



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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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