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All Men Everywhere Must Repent Or They Can In Nowise Inherit The Kingdom Of God

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NO UNCLEAN THING CAN DWELL THERE,
OR DWELL IN HIS PRESENCE.

the family“Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.” Moses 6: 57-59

Eternal Life is that destination our Father waits hopefully, anxious to greet his returning children.  Unfortunately, many will not arrive.

“. . . There cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God…” 1 Ne 15:34   And again “. . . no unclean thing can dwell with God . . .” 1 Ne 10:21   To the prophets the term unclean in this context means what it means to God. To man the word may be relative in meaning – one minute speck of dirt does not make a white shirt or dress unclean, for example.  But to God who is perfection, cleanliness means moral and personal cleanliness.  Less than that is, in one degree or another, uncleanliness and hence cannot dwell with God.

Were it not for the blessed gifts of repentance and forgiveness this would be a hopeless situation for man, since no one except the Master has ever lived sinless on the earth.  Naturally there are all degrees of sin.  At worst, the deep sinner is in the thrall of Satan.  As Jesus put it, his “whole body [is] full of darkness.” The Savior went on to expresses the impossibility of serving God, of being close to him under those circmstances.

“No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye canot serve God and mammon.” Matt. 6: 24

The term lust is not necessarily limited in its connotation to sexual desire.  It can imply any fleshly or worldly appetite or urge carried to excess.  Satan will eagerly use other urges which suit his purpose, as well as sexual ones, in an effort to enslave men until, and even as Mormon put it:  “But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her; and even as she is, so are they.” Morm. 5: 18

Scriptural List of Sins

Since the scriptural catalog is so complete, particularly in the writings of the early-day apostles, let us list the sins the scriptures describe.  For example, Paul’s prophecy to Timothy about the conditions of our own day has been fulfilled with depressing precision.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affectiontrucebreakersfalse accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitorsheadyhighminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts. . .” 2 Tim. 3: 1-6

Paul warned the Romans of similar sins:

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Backbiters, haters of God, despitefulproudboasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Rom. 1: 24-27,30-32

John the Revelator catalogues the transgressions which will merit the second death:

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Rev. 21: 8

Sexual sin receives repeated condemnation in the scriptures.  To get our definitions clear, let us realize that heterosexual intercourse is the sin of fornication when committed by the unmarried and is adultery when indulged in by married people outside of their marriage covenants.  Both are grevious sins in God’s sight.  Wrote Paul:

“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1 Cor. 6: 15-16,18

In other epistles Paul makes additional emphasis and lists further sins.  ( See Rom. 1: 24-321 Cor. 3: 16-17 6: 9-1010: 8Eph. 5: 3-7Gal. 5: 19-21Col. 3: 57-81 Thes. 4: 3-5,)

As we read the scriptures quoted or referred to above, we observe that they list virtually all the modern transgressions, though sometimes under ancient names.  Let us review the lengthy list:

Murder, adultery, theft, cursing, unholiness in masters, disobedience in servants, unfaithfulness, improvidence, hatred of God, disobedience to husbands, lack of natural affection, high-mindedness, flattery, lustfulness, infidelity, indiscretion, backbiting, whispering, lack of truth, striking, deceitfulness, irreverence, boasting, arrogance, pride, double-tongued talk, profanity, slander, corruptness, thievery, embezzlement, despoiling, covenantbreaking, incontinence, filthiness, ignobleness, filthy communications, impurity, foolishness, slothfulness, impatience, lack of understanding, unmercifulness, idolatry, blasphemy, denial of the Holy Ghost, Sabbath breaking, envy, jealousy, malice, maligning, vengefulness, implacability, bitterness, clamor, spite, defiling, reviling, evil speaking, provoking, greediness for filthy lucre, disobedience to parents, anger, hate, covetousness, presumptuousness, abomination, insatiable appetite, instability, ignorance, self-will, speaking evil of dignitaries, becoming a stumbling block; and in modern language masturbation, petting, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and every sex perversion, every hidden and secret sin and all unholy and impure practices.

These are transgressions the Lord has condemned through his servants.  Let no one rationalize his sins on the excuse that a particular sin of his is not mentioned nor forbidden in scripture.

Purity Essential to Eternal Life.

Whoever else suffers, every sin is against God, for it tends to frustrate the program and purposes of the Almighty.  Likewise, every si is coimmitted against the sinner, for limits his progress an curtails his development.

In our Journey toward eternal life, purity must be our constant aim.  To walk and talk with God, to serve with God, to follow his example and become as a god, we must attain perfection.  In his presence there can be no gile, no wickedness, no transgression.  In numerous scriptures he has made it clear that all worldliness, evil and weakness must be droped before we can ascend unto “the hill of the Lord”  The Psalmist asked:

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” Ps. 24: 3-4

the familyOur Proophet Joseph Smith said, “If you wish to go where God is, you must be like God, or possess the principles which God possesses, for if we are not drawing towards God in principle, we are going from him and drawing towards the devil.  Yes, I am standing in the midst of all kinds of people.

Search your hearts, and see if you are like God.  I have searched mine, and feel to repent of all my sins.

We have theives among us, adulterers, liars, hypocrites.  If God should speak from heaven, he would command you not to steal, not to covet, nor deceive, but be faithful over a few things.  As far as we degenerate from God, we decend to the devil and lose knowledge, and without knowledge we cannot be saved, and while our hearts are filled with evil, and we are studying evil, there is no room in our hearts for good, or studying good . . .”

May we all repent from our sins and work hareder to come clean with the Lord.  He is our Savior.  He died for us to help pay for our sins.  We MUST accept Him as our redeemer and He will help us overcome sin.  Never give up!  Scriptures remind us:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isa. 1: 18

Through repentance we may “be sanctified from all sin, and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, even immoral glory.” Moses 6: 59

Alan Osmond
Book: “Miracle of Forgiveness”  By: Spencer W. Kimball
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