The ‘Beast’ Has Invaded Our Homes!


While serving as a church leader I quickly learned there were parts of the big city that were more dangerous than others. I was instructed and cautioned by my leaders that there were certain neighborhoods that were not very safe. That didn’t mean I wasn’t to ever go there but it was a warning that if I did venture in those neighborhoods, I should be prepared and alert to the dangers around me. That warning also better equipped me with knowledge as to what time of day I was lest likely to encounter trouble. Armed with knowledge and inspired advise, I never had a problem in the fourteen years I spent traveling in the city. It wasn’t that the danger wasn’t around me, it was that I was prepared by my leaders to minimize the exposure to the risk. I was grateful for their wise counsel.

Recently I was reading the revelation of John, found in the New Testament. And although I don’t pretend to completely understand the magnitude of his vision, it is clear that John was trying his best to warn us in our day, of the perils ahead. I quote just a few verses from chapter thirteen.

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up….and upon his heads the name of blasphemy..and the dragon gave him his power…and great authority…and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name…and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations…And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of …miracles..And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast…” (vs.1-7, 14)

John warned us that our day would be a day full of “blasphemy.”The best way to gauge the importance of a message from our church leaders is to see how often a subject matter is being brought up in their conference messages. The wonderful thing about modern prophets is that they can address latter-day issues and problems that didn’t exist in the ancient world. One example is pornography, a modern-day example of “blasphemy.” The word “pornography” is never used in the scriptures, directly, because it was not in its present day form. Instead council was given by Moroni, in his days, to “deny yourselves of all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32), or Paul in his Epistle to Titus when he penned that we need to “deny(ing) ungodliness and worldly lusts”. (Titus 2:12). The message back then was the same but the form of “ungodliness” has changed. Thus the warning against the perils of pornography have been mentioned, by subject, over a hundred times in General Conference since 1999.  In the last twenty years,  life truly has been given to the ‘image of the beast.”

Pornography has an insidious way of slowly destroying the goodness of the soul. It is like a cancer that spreads throughout, first the individual, then a marriage, then a family. It’s influence has left a path of “desolation” upon our society. Anyone who denies so is not a believer in the prophets. There is a reason this subject is being addressed on such a regular basis.  The pornographic image of the beast is now being broadcast into our homes on a daily basis.

I traveled the streets of the city safely for many years because, armed with priesthood guidance and inspiration, I steered away from dangerous places and times. We can do the same regarding our spiritual lives. As we travel on this perilous journey we call ‘mortality,’ we can be safe if listen and follow the prophets.

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