Iron Rod 011 – Testing Section 132

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Building off the previous episode that reviewed what the scriptures say and don’t say about polygamy, in this episode we test the doctrine espoused in Section 132 against the rest of the scriptures.

Some of the scriptures referenced in this episode:

The new and everlasting covenant: D&C 22:1, 66:2, 133:57

The Holy Spirit of Promise: D&C 68:7-12, 124:124

Can commit any sin and still be exalted: D&C 1:31, 2 Nephi 28:8

Teaching more or less comes of evil: 3 Nephi 11:38-40

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5 comments on “Iron Rod 011 – Testing Section 132

  1. One Who Is Thirsting Feb 19, 2019

    Thank you for the scripture references they helped a lot.

    2 N. 9:41 is the where the Lord doesn’t appoint a servant at the gate.

    I believe you’re SO right in saying that so much of the modern LDS church rests on D&C 132.

    The current temple endowment and temple sealing language is so similar as well. As if they may have had the same author. Hmm.

    Here’s a very eye opening study as to who the author of D&C 132 was.

    Hint, the author of 132 is also the same author of D&C 136 AND the King Follett discourse!!

  2. An Earnest Searcher Feb 19, 2019

    Thank you for your thoughts regarding this divisive topic and section.

    Recently I have found a particular aspect of section 132… intriguing. In 1 John 4:1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:21 we are counseled to ‘try the spirits’ and ‘prove all things’. In John 7:17 Jesus declares ” If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself”.

    Section 132 declares that once this law is revealed we are then obligated to live it or we are damned. I am not aware of any other commandment or invitation where if we are to apply John 7:17 to ‘do his will’ we risk commiting a gross sin. Admittedly, we can simply ‘try’ doctrine against other revealed words of God, as you have done very well. If we are to plant the seed (Alma 32) of section 132, however, there is an argument that we must do it in order to know the fruit. This brings to mind the cliche: “damned if I do and damned if I don’t”. That is not God’s way.

    On a side-note: at the 45 minute mark of the podcast I believe a scripture is paraphrased incorrectly by saying ‘why have ye transfigured the word of God’. I believe the scripture being referenced would be Mormon 8:38 which declares “why have ye polluted the holy church of God?”. Perhaps I am wrong in assuming this is the scripture paraphrased. If I am, I apologize. I just thought I would mention it.

    Thank you again for everything you are doing with this podcast!

    • Jessi H Feb 19, 2019

      It’s verse 33. That whole chapter (Mormon 8) is fantastically poignant for our time. I wish more people (Mormons) would take it seriously by applying it to themselves, rather than assuming it is about other groups/churches/peoples; Moroni was writing to those in the future who would be reading the Book of Mormon.

      • Indeed, as a people we are completely blinded to the condemnations in the Book of Mormon concerning us. We think they apply to someone else. Another Scripture comes to mind: 2 Nephi 28:14
        “They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abomination, and whoredoms, they have ALL GONE ASTRAY saive it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that IN MANY INSTANCES THEY DO ERR BECAUSE THEY ARE TAUGHT BY THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.

    • An Earnest Searcher Feb 19, 2019

      Thank you! I am embarrassed that I jumped right to the scripture I am more familiar with rather than reading the entire chapter.

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