In regard to how to live in our world, Latter-day apostle Elder Jeffery R. Holland recently taught that we must not act or react in such a way as to make us guilty of a greater offense. This does not mean we disregard divine commandments. It does mean we live Christ’s standards and defend them as the Savior did.
Holland said that Christianity must never “dumb down” its doctrine in response to social goodwill or political expediency. Our Christ-like compassion and love must never be interpreted as compromising the commandments. Holland warned that in our compassion there is a chance for misunderstanding. Christians may think that we are not supposed to judge anything, but sometimes we must judge. The Savior made this clear when he said, “Give not that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine” (Matt 7:6 KJV).
The alternative, Holland states, is to surrender to moral relativism, which seems to say nothing is eternally true or sacred. This is just not true.
We do not need a new reformation. More people need to follow the reformation instituted in the meridian of time by our savior Jesus Christ. Civilizations rise and fall, but those that build upon the Gospel of Christ shall endure. Our best hope is missionary work performed with Christ-like compassion and love.
Sid Kooyman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Return to truths from the Protestant Reformation
The church never needs to reform so as to become relevant to the whims of society. We are told in Jude 3, “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
The task of the church is to continue to teach the timeless truth of the Bible. Our foundation is the word of God and our cornerstone is Jesus Christ. The true church must remain faithful even as society changes all around us. With that understanding in place, I believe the Protestant Evangelical Church needs to have a reformation.
The sad truth of the situation today is that many churches have forsaken the gospel and biblical ministry. Our churches are struggling because of worldliness, ignorance and cowardice. We need church leaders and members who will stand and profess the basic truths of the reformation.
I call our pastors to join me in holding the truths of Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, for God’s glory alone as central truths of our teaching. We need to return to the truths of the Scripture which were so graciously passed down to us from the Protestant Reformation.
Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston