The Key to the Knowledge of God
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2nd Tim 4:14
One of the great evidences that the Marvelous Work was to be a separate work from the foundation work of the 1830's is the prophecy given by Paul in the above verses, that the time would come when the Saints would not be able to endure sound doctrine, but rather, they would turn away their ears from the truth and would be turned unto fables.
Obviously many of the Saints in the Meridian of Time drifted into apostasy and the dark ages followed, during that time men were unable to endure sound doctrine. However, as we have previously discussed, most if not all prophesies have a dual fulfillment. If it can be shown that Latter day
We all have our opinions based on our own interpretation of the scriptures which doctrines are true and with are false. However I want to begin this post by showing that modern LDS leaders have stated publicly and privately that false doctrines have entered into the Church.
President Ezra Taft Benson once said:
"Not only are there apostates in our midst, but there are apostate doctrines which are sometimes taught in our classes and from our pulpits and which appear in our publications. The these apostate precepts of men cause our people to stumble. AS the Book of Mormon, speaking of our day, states: "..they have all gone astray save 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" (Book of Mormon ref 2 Nephi 28:14 E.T. Benson ref CR April 1969 )
Not to many years prior to President Bensons statement President Joseph Fielding Smith had entered the following notation in his person diary:
"I attended sessions of meetings for the institute teachers, held in the assembly room on the fourth floor of he
Prior to that observation by President Smith, George Q. Cannon had made the following remark:
"I tell you we are beginning to follow along the course of the early Christian Church. So long as that church was persecuted from without, it prospered, but when it began to be polluted from within, the church began to wither. There is, creeping into our midst, and I warn you brethren about it, and urge you to meet, a great host of sectarian doctrines that have no place amongst us. The gospel in its simplicity, is to be found in the revelations... we must accept them as God gave them to us and there must be amongst us a unity of the faith." ( CR October 1944 )
Erastus Snow made this observation:
"Over fifty years have passed away since the light of the glorious gospel in its fulness began to dawn upon us, and still we are measurably walking in darkness." (Annual Conf Report April 6 1883 )
Finally, let me share this sobering proclamation from John Taylor:
"We are getting into such a condition that if we were to meet the Lord, we could not look him in the face and the way we are going, it will soon be impossible to tell what we do believe."
As you can see from the testimony from numerous leaders of the Church, the restored church is plagued with false teachers teaching false doctrines.
This is another sign that the Marvelous Work and a Wonder did not take place in the 2nd Watch at the time the church was restored to the earth in 1830, rather it is to be a future work that takes place in the 3rd watch when fulness of the Gospel and the fulness of the scriptures will be restored to the earth and all false doctrines will be done away.
For a longer version of this post that addresses the importance of the key of the knowledge of God and a more detailed focus on an event in LDS church history wherein a false doctrine was taught that had a profound effect on the church click here