His yoke is easy, but we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling

When we get excited about how easy the path to exaltation is in real life, that should tell us that something is wrong. We have a number of members who have been teachings how easy the path to exaltation is for some time, and they have got a lot of  people to go along with them.

But there is a great difference between the meaning of the scriptures that speak of the easiness of the way, and the meaning of these teachers among us.

When the Savior said “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” he certainly spake the truth, for to obey is far easier that to suffer the consequences of sin in mortality and in hell. But his statement “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” should be read in the same spirit as many of his other statements, such as “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” as well as “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake”.

His yoke is easy and his burden is light when all accounts are gathered in and measured properly. His yoke is easy and his burden is light, but we must still work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

The way to exaltation is easy, in the sense that we know the path we must follow. It is laid out in a straight path before us and we need only take it up in earnest. In that sense the way is easy, and we rejoice in the easiness of it. But while the way is laid out easily for us, we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

The way to exaltation is also easy in the sense that we do not have to suffer for our sins if we repent of them.

D&C 19:16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

20 Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit.

That is the other sense in which the way is easy, for we can be forgiven of our sins if we repent of them without suffering as Christ himself suffered for them.

Our priesthood is called after Melchizedek to remind us of what we ought to become and how we may achieve it. But to suppose Melchizedek obtained exaltation easily is to deny the scriptures for he offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears and was heard in that he feared. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.

Beware those that teach the easy path to exaltation. Yes, salvation really is easy in the sense that we know the way, and it is laid out in a straight path before us. Yes, salvation really is easy in the sense that Christ once has suffered for sins, the just for the unjust.

But those who teach that we will work out our salvation with less than fear and trembling are liars. And those who teach we will be sanctified without stripping ourselves of all uncleanness deceive themselves.

Mormon 9:27 … Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.

28 Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness;…

And those that teach that “his grace is sufficient” without having to deny ourselves of all ungodliness are cheating our souls out of salvation, for “if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ”.

 

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