The church during Zedekiah's reign was corrupt. I find it interesting how Zoram spoke to Nephi, believing him to be Laban, about the elders of the church, while they walked to the outer walls of Jerusalem. Prophets came and testified against the church warning of destruction and Babylon's conquest. Yet the Jews killed the prophets. They did not believe in prophecy, but rather mocked and killed the prophets, including Jeremiah.
The church during the time of Christ was also corrupt, and entrenched by worldly beliefs. Rather than being under the worldly rule of Babylon, they had allowed themselves to be ruled by the worldly government of Rome. The Jews did not believe in prophecy, ministering of angels, etc. That stuff only happened in the past, such as the days of Moses. No wonder Zacharias was struck dumb when he disbelieved an angel of the Lord. This meeting, in and of itself, was a miracle as the timing and turn of Zacharias came to serve in the capacity, which brought the angel to him, who was destined to be the father of the forerunner of the Savior. And the Jews, Pharasees and Saducees, all of whom where the elite authorities of the church, prided themselves in how strict they were in following the letter of the law. But they were truly clueless.
Today in the church, we have all sorts of programs, which we're supposed to do like fasting only once per month, attending church three hours each Sunday, learning from teachers who don't even understand what they're teaching. No wonder why everything is correlated. It saddens me to say the membership are like McDonald's employees who simply place a cup under the nozzle of a soda fountain and with a push of a button, a preset amount of soda pours into the appropriate sized cup. It's teenager proof! No need to think. And after we all go home each Sunday, we turn on the tv and get back to the football game, or whatever Babylonian activity we enjoy most. Fast Sunday, check. Family home evening, check, prepared a lesson, check. Ate bread and water, check. But members today don't bother making a serious study of the Book of Mormon. Most do not understand they have the privilege of being ministered to by angels regularly, much less receiving and audience with the Savior. If they go to the temple, they don't realize the full import of the endowment. Most seldom to never go to the temple unless a family member is getting married there.
The church in Zarahemla was the exact same way. What was it that Samuel, a Lamanite prophet declared?
25 And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.
26 Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet, and that he is a sinner, and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.
Today we have members marching in pride parades on the Sabbath. Members are boating on the Sabbath, watching football on the Sabbath, looking forward to Superbowl on the Sabbath. We are the biggest Sabbath breakers in the world. The world is lost, but we who have the light and the law should know better. There are members in all ranks of the membership viewing pornography. There are members who drink coffee and/or tea. There are members who don't believe in the law of tithing, which is a lesser law. No wonder Nephi and Jacob and Alma went about the land, rebuking the members, declaring mighty repentance and performing mighty miracles. Today, members are just as worldly and corrupt as the Israelites were in Moses' time and in Christ's time. And most consider themselves righteous because they starve themselves once a month on Fast Sunday, attend all three block meetings each Sunday, eat a piece of bread and drink a tiny cup of water, visit some families at the end of each month, etc. Yup, we do what we're supposed to for the most part and then we're right back in front of the TV, etc. paying homage to Babylon, where our hearts truly live.