What critieria do we use to decide who and when we will follow?
Ok, the commandments are easy…we’ll follow them, or try to. But then again, some us might try to bend them a bit too. This post isn’t for defining what constitutes keeping the Sabbath holy, or what’s an honest fast offer, or whether cooking with wine is ok etc. etc.
Where do we draw the line, or define when counsel from the brethren applies to us and or when counsel does not? Maybe some would have to define “brethren” first. What about the Bishop? or the Stake President? What if they counsel us (either in a general meeting or privately) or extend a calling to us? Do we accept, no questions asked? If we like it then do we accept, if we don’t then do we have to “pray about it”?
What about counsel from the apostles? Do we consider their counsel just general counsel so it doesn’t necessarily apply to us. Do we have to pray about it and see if it applies. Do we follow the counsel we like and “feels” good to us and reject the rest using our agency as our reason?
What about counsel from the prophet or first presidency? Is that general counsel? Do we need to pray about it? And for those who feel we should pray and get a confirmation about any counsel – why should we – and what happens if we don’t get an answer, or the answer is yes – or the answer is no?
What about letters read over the pulpit from the first presidency? What about proclaimations like the one on families, or the one given in the early 1900s about creation. Or what about the proclaimation on blacks not holding the priesthood (that was never a “commandment”).
Where do we draw the line? And if WE draw the line, then whose church is it?
When do you quit listening to / following the brethren.