The content of this blog presumes you are already familiar with Denver Snuffer's books. Careful explanations given in the books lay the foundation for what is contained here. If you read this blog without having first read his books, then you assume responsibility for your own misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the writer's intent. Please do not presume to judge Mr. Snuffer's intentions if you have not first read his books.
"And the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them. Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted. Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up."
Why does this mention the "blood of the saints?" What does it mean for their "blood to cry from the ground?" I've discussed this before, speaking of the earth's own spirit.
What does "all" include? Even us? If "they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted" includes us, what does that mean? How could we also be "out of the way?" Is Nephi right? What about Wilford Woodruff's claim that we would never be led astray? Can someone who promises to not lead you astray then lead you astray? How solid a guarantee does any man offer to you?
What does it mean to "have become corrupted?" Can a church be "true" and still be "corrupted?" (D&C 84: 53-58.)
What "pride" can religion impose upon people who believe false traditions? Does your faith make you "proud" to belong? Do you think it makes you better than others? Do you believe you're saved while others will be damned, because they don't share your faith? Does that make you lose sleep at night, and want to cry out to save them--or to relax and enjoy your security?
What does it mean that the faiths are "all out of the way?" Is there only one "way?" If so, how would you recognize the right "way" from the wrong one?
Who are "false teachers" that teach "false doctrine?" Does "false" include omission of important truths? If one teaches truths about Christ, but does not teach you how to return to His presence, is the teacher "false?" What would qualify someone to be "true" and teach the right "way?" How would you distinguish between true and false teachers? Between true and false doctrine?
How can "false teachers" corrupt a church? Can they corrupt any church? Even ours?
Why does becoming "puffed up" and "pride" follow false teachings? What is it about false religion that brings pride to its followers? How does false security caused by corrupt doctrine lead to "pride?"
What would the opposite religious attitude be for "pride?" Would humility, a broken heart and a contrite spirit be different than "pride?" What kind of teaching would cause a listener to become contrite, humble, meek and submissive? What kind of teaching would defeat pride and break a person's heart? Can you have both? Can you be "humble" and "broken hearted" and also be proud of your religion? If you cannot, then can you think deeply about your faith, your meetings, your conferences, your private as well as public conversations and ask yourself if the teachers to whom you listen lead you to pride? Lead you to humility? Lead you to contrition and repentance?
Who is Nephi describing? Is it possible it could apply to us along with all other organized faiths?
I have often heard my fellow-Saint speak of the sense of pride the Conference Center gives them. It is a great, spacious and technologically advanced center. I've thought the ceiling of that building looks somewhat like that very successful evangelist Joel Osteen's amazing church. I've wondered if the architectural firm took hints from other successful mega-churches when designing the Conference Center. Have you noticed how the dimmed lights and the magnified images, magnified voices and focus upon the great pulpit is designed to use all the modern audio-visual technology to create heroic images within the building for the audience? It is a technical marvel. Really state of the art. It is hard for me not to take some pride in it all. Anyone who wonders if our church is respectable, successful, powerful or advanced, who visits the facility will no doubt leave with the conclusion that, despite our humble origins, we certainly have made a success in the world for ourselves. It is a story of overcoming and prospering.
If those whose bloodstained footprints covered our westward migration could see what we've become, I wonder what delight (or disappointment) they would feel. Would they have any mixed emotions at seeing this monument in granite, glass, brass and walnut? The third-of-a-billion dollars we spent on it produced a landmark of splendor for the ages. Poor Joseph had only an open air bowery to use. Adam, too, used the open plains of Adam-Ondi-Ahman to meet. We are, of course, blessed with more resources to use as part of our "worship."