Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Response to Criticism of Elder Packer's Conference Remarks

Many have criticized Elder Boyd K. Packer's comments about homosexuality that he presented during the General Conference of the Church this past Sunday morning. I found a reply one reader posted on Religion Dispatches that well expresses my own sentiments about what he said.

Doctrine, not opinion
Posted by bellarossa07 on October 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM
Elder Packer was not just voicing conservative Mormon thought, he was stating Church doctrine. Homosexuality is a serious sin, and those who practice it and repent not, bring upon themselves the judgments of God.

Elder Packer is not some old, grizzled, extremist whose views are out-of-date; he is an APOSTLE of Jesus Christ. And when speaking as such (as in General Conference) his word is the mind and will of the Lord.

And another thing: the Church is not struggling with the issue of homosexuality, it's the LGBT community that is struggling with the Church because they want it to abandon the Lord's standards.

And stop suggesting that the love of God embraces sinful behavior (which homosexuality is). The Lord's love for us doesn't mean he will save us in our sins (He hates sin); or, that he will deny his word by ignoring his own commandments. If men want to take advantage of the atonement, they need to forsake their sins, take up their cross, and follow the Master. Not try to get Him to follow them.

The full article with the above feedback can be found at this link:


This is why I voted for Prop 8.