As many of you know, California has Proposition 8 on the ballot. This ballot question, if passed, would define marriage in the California state constitution as between a man and a woman. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a supporting member of Proposition 8. I’ve talked in the past about The Divine Institution of Marriage. Recently a group of members of the Church have started to actively campaign against proposition 8. For example, visit http://www.mormonsformarriage.com/.
As I was reading some of the posts and especially the comments, my mind was immediately draw to a quote that the Prophet Joseph Smith said.
“I will give you one of the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom.
It is an eternal principle, that has existed with God from all eternity:
That man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the Church,
saying that they are out of the way, while he himself is righteous,
then know assuredly, that that man is in the high road to apostasy;
and if he does not repent, will apostatize, as God lives.”
History of the Church, Vol 3, page 385
On June 20, 2008, the First Presidency of the Church distributed a letter about “Preserving Traditional Marriage and Strengthening Families,” announcing the Church’s participation with the coalition. The letter, which was read in Latter-day Saints’ church services in California, asked that Church members “do all [they] can to support the proposed constitutional amendment.” (see http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/the-divine-institution-of-marriage)
It seems that the Church and its leaders have been very vocal as to the Lord’s position in this matter. The Lord has told us “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38)
I hope and plead that all who read these words will recognize the importance of this matter. Some may point to the Federal Defence of Marriage Act, claiming that it is enough. Yet it is not. How do we that? Because it was California’s Defence of Marriage Act that the State Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional. Those members of the Church who are against Prop 8; study the words of the prophets. Get off the high road to apostasy. Align your will with the Lords, before its too late.