Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Many are Called but are Un-Choosing Themselves

These two references about being called but not chosen remind me of modern day media addiction

  • D&C 95:5-6 But behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called but few of them are chosen. They who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon-day. 
  • D&C 121:34-37 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.  That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.

Two ways our generation is called but many are un-choosing themselves with media addictions

First, God has called our generation to be the last leg of the race, the strongest runners as Sheri Dew said, with “the courage and determination to face the world at its worst, to do combat with the evil one during his heyday, and in spite of it all, to be fearless in building the kingdom of God” ("You Were Born to Lead, You Were Born for Glory," BYU Devot, Dec. 9, 2003). 

So many are called to do great things in the last days. Yet so many are un-choosing themselves by their addictions to things that push away the Spirit, remove their agency, distract them from their life purpose, and waste their time and potential. 

As the two later scriptures said, the called become un-chosen because they sin and walk in darkness, or their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world. Some also seek to cover their sins, gratify pride and vanity, and control others.  Doesn’t that describe the variety of media addictions?  This includes addiction to pornography, violent video games, social media, texting, movies, etc.  

Second, the younger generation is also called to serve God on missions, yet for the same reason they’re un-calling themselves, missing missions, or going home early because of these addictions. Parents need to help their called youth stay chosen

Here are some resources to help you stay called and chosen, by helping you avoid media addictions.


Steve Finnell said...


Many are called, however, most do not read the Bible to find God's truth. Most believers in Christ depend on finding the truth by searching church traditions. Is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth found in denominational catechisms, Bible commentaries, preachers sermons, the opinions of friends and family? Many are called but few put their trust in the Bible as the one and only source for absolute truth.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God...(NKJV)

Is all denominational doctrine given is by the inspiration of God? If that is true, then why are there twenty thousand Christ believing denominations teaching different doctrines?

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (NKJV)

Not every word of church denominations is not pure. God told us put our trust in Him, not to trust the denomination of our choice.

Acts 17:10-11 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 There were more fair- minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to to find out whether these things were so. (NKJV)

The Bereans searched the Scriptures for the truth. They did not search for the truth in the writings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Jehovah's Witness Church, the Mormon Church nor any other denomination.

Many are called, but few search the Scriptures to see if they have been properly called.


Becky Edwards said...

Steve, thank you for your comment.

I agree it is vitally important to search God's word to find God's truth. I am happy that you are having a great experience in your faith by searching the Bible. I too, love and study the Bible. My favorite parts are the words of Jesus Christ. I also believe that the Bible prophesies that there would be an apostasy which happened after his apostles died (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). The Bible also prophesies that in the last days there would be a restoration of His true church (see Acts 3:19-21). Christ said he had "other sheep" which are not of the fold where he was currently living His ministry (see John 10:16). I believe those other sheep included groups of people living on the American continent, and the Book of Mormon is a record of God's dealings with those groups of people. The Book of Mormon and Bible compliment each other, and both testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Redeemer of the world. You are invited to check out for more information.

Have a wonderful week.