The underlined words within the quote are mine.
Those who criticize are on the road to apostasy. I bear you my testimony that the experiences I have had have taught me that those who criticize the leaders of this church are showing signs of a spiritual sickness which, unless curbed, will bring about eventual spiritual death.
How does this jive Brian?
"The proud descendants of Nauvoo, who have always retained control of the church's top leadership positions, claim to hold all the keys ever given to Joseph Smith. (Who claims to hold those keys today? Our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson, first presidency and the Twelve)They teach (The leaders I just pointed out) that they can bind on earth and in heaven. They (the same folks) are the 'new Popes having the authority the Catholic Pope claims to possess (let's see, he just compared them to the apostate church and it's leader), as J. Reuben Clark remarked. According to their (once again, the prophets ect.) account of the historical narrative, all is well in their Zion. They intend to build Zion some day, wen they get around to it (whoa, did he just day that). In the meantime, they continually curtail (did he just say CURTAIL) the scope of the restored faith, reducing the topics authorized to be taught in Sunday School, Priesthood, and Relief Society. Working to move farther and farther from what will be required for Zion (is he saying they are apostatizing) . Their plan seems at odds with the end they seek." -Snuffer
Do you want to talk about "making a false statement damaging to a persons reputation"?
Why can't people post their thoughts/opinions (negative or positive) about Snuffer when he gets the thumbs up for his libelous (there is no slander on this site as nobody is speaking, only writing) comments about the Lords prophets and apostles? Unless your bias is showing, I'm not understanding why you're sensitive to negative critiques of Snuffer.
NGL's post that you deleted is absolutely nothing compared to what Snuffer wrote about the top leaders of Christ's church.
I bear testimony as well that those who in public seek, by their criticism, to belittle our leaders or bring them into disrepute bring more hurt upon themselves than upon those whom they seek thus to malign
. I have watched over the years, and I have read of the history of many of those who fell away from this church, and I bear testimony that no apostate who ever left this church ever prospered as an influence in his community thereafter. (47-05, p. 224) ([u]I will second this testimony
(Harold B. Lee, The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], 395.)
"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.
The principle is as correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign is an adulterous person; and that principle is eternal, undeviating, and firm as the pillars of heaven; for whenever you see a man seeking after a sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man." (D.H.C. 3:385.)
(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 4: 39.)
You are commanded by the Lord in all things, "to ask of God . . . doing all things with prayer and thanks-giving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils." (Doc. and Cov. 46:7.) The Prophet Joseph Smith gave us this as a rule by which to detect these who would deceive. This is what he said:
"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 on the high road to apostasy, and if he does not repent he will apostatize, as God lives." (History of the Church, Vol. 3, p. 385.) Look about you. Do you know of any one soul who has apostatized from the truth that has prospered spiritually in your day? Contrary to that, they are "left unto themselves to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints and to fight against God," The works of the apostates are but a solemn witness to the truthfulness of these words of the Lord: "No weapon that is formed against (the leaders) of the Church shall prosper and if any man lift his voice against (them), he shall be confounded in (the Lord's) due time
." (Doc. and Cov. 71:9-10.)
(Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1973], 110 - 111.)
For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
(John A. Widtsoe, Priesthood and Church Government [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1939], 63.)To publish differences we may think we have with the leaders of the Church, to create strife and division, is a sure road to apostasy.
Our task is to stick with the kingdom, to not let anything or anybody disaffect or sour us toward that great gift that Christ has given us-His Church. ("Jesus Christ-Gifts and Expectations," New Era 5 [May 1975]: 18.)The Lord has stated that His Church will never again be taken from the earth because of apostasy
(see D&C 138:44). But He has also stated that some members of His Church will fall away. There has been individual apostasy in the past; it is going on now, and there will be an ever-increasing amount in the future. While we cannot save all the flock from being deceived, we should, without compromising our doctrine, strive to save as many as we can. For, as President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., said, "We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen." Do not believe all you hear. (An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 286.)
(Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], 90.)