Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast, Host Bill Reel tackles the religious mechanism of faith leaders discouraging research into their faiths claims and history from outside sources. Whether that is asking a church member to not trust the internet, not trust unauthorized sources, or even asking them to disassociate from friends and family who ask hurtful questions. We also hit on how religious institutions always blame those who lose trust and belief regardless of which religious institution we are looking at.
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Ballard: “listen to the prophets. Listen to the apostles. We won’t lead you astray. We CANNOT lead you astray”. This is putting our trust in the arm of flesh and diminishing personal revelation. “Don’t listen to your thoughts or feelings. You won’t get revelation or hear things or see visions. Just listen to us. And stay in the boat. (It’s interesting that Peter got OUT of the boat to come into Christ and that Christ asked him to get out of the boat where it was safe but trust him fully.
The Lord stated, “Come, follow me” (Matt. 4:19; ; John 10:27, 12:26; 2 Ne. 31:12; Luke 9:23, 59 D&C 38:22, 100:2). Men now teach us to “follow the prophet.” They say “look to the Brethren” and “we cannot and will not lead you astray.” These well-meaning statements are not found in scripture. They contribute to the idolatry among us. Such sentiments may have begun on Oct. 6, 1890, when Pres. Wilford Woodruff stated, “The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty.”
2 Ne 4:34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
Additionally this is a great read on idolatry: http://www.7witnesses.com/uploads/sites/2/3/8/9/3/38938293/idolatry_our_number_one_sin.pdf