Correcting Others Who Err in Doctrine


I love being a Member of the LDS church and more specifically I love the Mormon people. Much of what we do is incredible, but there are aspects of our culture that are extremely problematic. In my opinion one of those problematic areas is where something occurs that goes contrary to the popular consensus, or what most people believe or do. Sometimes in zealous strides to protect the truth we feel it would be vital to point out those who we see as believing something wrong and correct them before they infect others with their false ideas.

I recognize that indeed this may be necessary in some circumstances, but before doing so we should ponder the thoughts of our prophet Joseph Smith who said “I did not like the old man being called up for erring in doctrine. It looks too much like the Methodist, and not like the Latter-day Saints. Methodists have creeds which a man must believe or be asked out of their church. I want the liberty of thinking and believing as I please. It feels so good not to be trammeled. It does not prove that a man is not a good man because he errs in doctrine.”

I love how he points out that error in doctrine does not correlate with error in human worth.  I also agree with Joseph in that I believe that Mormonism provides us with an incredible opportunity and freedom to search for truth. Thus I would suggest that before lashing out to correct others we may want to give it time as we pray and ponder whether that is really the right thing to do.

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