We hope he will; we go forward and we hope that he will accept the gospel. But we have no assurance whatever that he will ever accept it. For people are very much the same when they arise from the resurrection as they are on the day they were buried. Our Lord is not the God of the dead. Those who marry civilly by secular means to avoid the restrictions in dress by reason of the garments, or by reason of restrictions as to divorce, fun, freedoms, so-called, are postponing to their own peril.
Are not they the dead? Remember, our temple work is for those who have passed on without opportunity, not for those who have had opportunity and rejected it. These people are like the Pharisees, the Sadducees. But could there be any excuse for any of us? Few of us have joined the Church recently. Most of us have been in the Church all our lives.
Most of us have seen the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price upon the mantel all of our twenty years. Men may perform the marriages, certainly. We will continue to do so. Mortal death terminates a mortal marriage. And death comes, regardless of how we would push it off if we could. A few months ago a call came from a sister whose husband had been dead for some years, whose son and his wife had recently been killed in an airplane accident, leaving several small children. Alone, in deep anguish, this sweet woman with many regrets told me that these young victims of the airplane crash had not been married in the temple.
They were middle-aged, both coming from good families. They had either ignored it or postponed it. They had lived the majority of their lifetime on the earth and still had not had this ordinance performed. They became single, and their children orphans. At death our sympathies, of course, are gravely stirred.
And oftentimes at funerals speakers, in their kindness, make to the living mourners many promises that could not be substantiated by scripture. He had the gospel; he had the opportunities; he ignored his privileges. He will unfortunately drink the dregs of the bitter cup. And so will you if you fail this important thing.
I remember an article in a local newspaper, telling of a young couple married in Salt Lake by a man who had only civil authority—no power beyond the grave. They had a brilliant wedding breakfast. They got into the car to travel to another city for an evening wedding reception, where hundreds of friends and relatives would come to wish them well. They did not reach their destination. There was no reception. A car accident took their lives.
Their mortality was ended. An eternal life had not been provided for. About three hours of marriage, and the end of it came like a flash of lightning. And the sad thing was that their three-hour marriage was performed within a mile of the holy Temple, where a man with the sealing power would gladly have saved them from the bitter cup. They ignored it. They left it. Yes, the family can go to the temple a year later. Yes, they can do the ordinance work for them.
And the records will show it. But the question is, Will the young deceased couple accept the ordinances when they were of such little consequence to them while they lived? And more important than all else, do you think that God is going to be mocked? He is the God of the living, not of the dead.
And they were dead, both physically and also, it would seem, spiritually. He has identified this ordinance as one to be done in mortality while you have your body and your spirit together. Perhaps not any scripture emanating from the mouth of God has been so definite and positive and unchangeable as those we are quoting. It has been said that we rise from the grave much as we lie down in it. We change little in our attitudes and moods and desires in that period when our spirit is freed from our body that is in the grave. The process of change in the body does not necessarily change the inner man.
If the gospel truths mean little to us as we die, they are not likely to mean very much to us when we rise. Have you ever known couples who ignored the temple marriage and had tragedy take one of them in unexpected death? Have you seen the surviving spouse rush to the temple when the year is ended to endow by proxy the deceased spouse and have the sealing done? Have you ever realized that there is no magic in death, that ceasing to breathe does not make angels of careless people, does not make believers of disbelievers, does not bring faith where there was skepticism?
In such situations I always think of the ten virgins parable, where the five wise virgins took their lamps filled with oil to meet the bridegroom. Then the five foolish virgins, who had slumbered and slept, came at midnight when the bridegroom was announced. They knew it; they had their lamps; they knew they needed oil in their lamps. What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. Now let us look into latter-day scriptures. For long centuries the gospel was not upon the earth, not available to the best of saints. From the day of the martyrdom of the apostles following the crucifixion of the Christ till the third decade of the s there was not one soul on the earth qualified to endow and marry and seal for eternity.
There was not a holy temple on the entire earth. There was not a prophet holding sacred keys to open eternal doors. It is principally for the good people of those centuries that we do the work for the dead. They could not do it themselves.
Hebrews 13:4 NKJV
They had neither the knowledge, the temples, nor the keys on the earth. But in the twenties and the thirties in the nineteenth century began to come the revelations of the Lord. They came pouring out almost like a flood, seemingly to make up for the long lost time of the Dark Ages.
This was as spoken by Joel the prophet, quoting the Lord:. I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth. And so in the revelations began to pour out upon us. The prophets began again to prophesy and interpret and direct, the Church began to thrive and grow, the temples began to rise, the ordinances began to be performed, and men began to prepare in earnest for the great day of the Lord.
Now, there are many who still ignore the right ways of the Lord. I mentioned that more than half of our young people ignore the sacred ordinances, having their marriages performed merely by men of the world with the authority of principalities and powers of the world for a worldly marriage that cannot last.
The prophets of the Lord had already opened the vista 1, years ago. The Lord had already said much that should have been a warning to the readers of the scriptures; but since they did not understand, the voice of the Lord came again. Time is passing. Time is fleeing. We have no guarantee for continued living. Procrastination is a veritable thief. We mortals have had twenty or forty or eighty years to come to a knowledge of the truth and to abide by the requirements. For us who neglect or procrastinate or deny or reject, the doors are closing.
As with the ten virgins, the day is passing. Darkness approaches. Now think about it. Many reject the priesthood today—thousands of them. Many reject eternal marriage—thousands of them. They are offered it. They will not accept it. Will it always, even in eternity, be handed out to them, forced upon them?
Can a man change his mind and grasp it as time goes on? These are solemn questions. Those who have accepted and failed to live up to its requirements, will they have it or lose it in time and eternity? I tell you, folks, God will not be mocked. He has given us a program. He has given us a chance for mature consideration. He is not playing games with us. It is the most vital of all decisions. First, we must develop that worthiness which makes one eligible for the blessing. Second, we must grasp the opportunity of the ordinance. And third, we must remain faithful and worthy to that marriage and to all righteousness.
Then the promised blessings may not be withheld by anyone. If a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that covenant is not by me or by my word,. I tell you again, no statements have ever been made with greater force or power. There is no place for opinion or for argument. Such a temporal marriage is in the world and cannot be received other than in the world. The Lord speaks. The angels are greatly inferior to every person in this room who will live all these commandments the Lord requires at the hands of these persons.
Like the immigration officers, the angels will receive the visas, the passports. They will check the prerequisites; they will see if the documents are all in order. They have an appointment as gatekeepers. The Lord again is emphatic, saying that those who have not earned the reward of eternal life shall not pass—shall not pass.
Now, on the positive side, these are blessings which will be available to those who meet the requirements. They are promised blessings of kingdoms, principalities, power, and dominions—all heights and depths. And so shall it be when men go to their permanent homes. The angels and gods will be at the gate.
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They will know your records; they will have the records. Now this, again l say, is not a matter of opinion. The judges at the gate will know by it for sure—the formula, the records, the spirit, the true desserts. The book of life will show the earthly activities of the earthly servants, and the book of the angels will give the entire story of every man—of that which he did in the light and in the shadows, in the open and in the corners; all that was said in the secret places and from the housetops; all that was thought and expressed, whether good or bad.
There will be no escape.
King James Version (KJV)
The honest judge will give full value to all for their good work and will not overlook the other. I have repeated the conditions and the restrictions and the glories and the benefits because we are all inclined to let them pass by. No musts or ifs or questions there. This is forthright and sure. This is the covenant wherein a man and a woman are conditionally sealed for eternity.
If we receive him in this world, if we go to the temple worthily, receive our endowments, our sealing program, then the Lord guarantees us—providing, of course, our continued worthiness—guarantees us an exaltation, continuation of lives, creatorship, and all of the great blessings that any righteous man might want. The gate that is wide and easy of access is the gate wherein comes destruction. In our own dispensation God has said those few will know him and will receive their exaltation and be with him.
The mysteries are promised. The Lord on one occasion said:. And the mysteries of the kingdom ye shall keep within yourselves; for it is not meet to give that which is holy unto the dogs; neither cast ye your pearls unto swine, lest they trample them under their feet. For the world cannot receive that which ye, yourselves, are not able to bear; wherefore ye shall not give your pearls unto them, lest they turn again and rend you. Now, this is a good question the Lord asks. He asks it of everyone of you. He made it very clear. Now, young folks, as I near the conclusion, may I plead with you that you never consider for one moment forsaking this great principle.
As much as I love you, I will not marry out of the temple. On the brighter side, may I bring to your attention that some months ago I divided a stake, making two excellent ones in its place. In searching for a new president for a stake, we employ the process of elimination. We get records, and we go there and have an interview with each one, and I find out all I can about these men, because anyone of them might possibly qualify to be the stake president. Of the men we interviewed, we found that 29 men had children.
The average was 4. Not a single divorce among them. Heb Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled. Marriage is only between one male and one female. Polygamy is a sin. Marriage between two people of same-sex homosexuality is a sin. See Homosexuality is a sin next. Fornication sexual immorality is a sin. See what the Bible teaches about fornication and what the Bible teaches about adultery. Divorce and separation dishonors a marriage.
See what the Bible teaches about divorce. Keep marriage honorable in the eyes of God. Let God standards be your standards of what is good and bad. Your standards, other people standards or the world standards are rebellion to God. The institute of marriage is under attack. Fornication, adultery, divorces and separation, homosexuality, etc have been accepted has a norm and they are destroying the marriage institute. Marriage is honorable in the eyes of God and for that reason the son, Jesus Christ, will marry his bride, the church, in the marriage supper of the lamb.
Rev Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. Saturday, June 1, Contact About. Christian Truth Center. Marriage bed undefiled: even before marriage the bed should be undefiled. Purity outside marriage strengthens the marital bond. Delphine Hypolite for verse 4. This is what is required in our churches today but even the men of God and elders are scared to preach it because they do not trust in themselves.
It is the grace of god, if God says it, He will give the grace to live it. There is so much fornication and adultery in the church these days. This is all because those that should speak and teach it are not confident they won't fall foul of it. God help us. We know it is not by power nor might but we are to obey God and serve Him in spirit and in truth as He has asked of us. God bless you all.
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