Now we have reached a point where the audience becomes unavoidably identified with the gentiles of the last days who claim to be assembling as "Zion." This term gets applied in the Book of Mormon in a highly selective way. It includes the following:
-Last days time frame;
We are the only ones who fit this definition. Therefore the application of these verses to include us is required. We cannot point to others and say we are not among those being warned.
What does "pacify" mean?
What does "lull" mean?
What does "carnal security" mean?
If you have people who are pacified, lulled with carnal security, what kind of people are you speaking about?
Why would these people think they were "Zion?" What possible basis could people who are pacified, and lulled with carnal security have for thinking they are "Zion?"
What does it mean that "all is well in Zion?" What does it mean "Zion prospereth?" Does "all is well in Zion" mean the same thing as "Zion prospereth?" If not, what is the difference? Is one "spiritual" and the other "carnal?"
Can one be an attitude, while the other is a measurement or statistic? Can "all be well in Zion" mean that we have comfortable controls and guarantees in place which will protect us?
Can "Zion prospereth" mean new converts, new buildings, new numbers, more tithing receipts, growth and political influence? What else might it mean?
Do we satisfy the notion that "all is well in Zion?" That is, can you see a reason to say that Zion is well at present? Do our people say that?
Do we satisfy the notion that "Zion prospereth?" That is, can you see any reason to say that Zion is presently prospering? Do our people say that?
Why would it "cheat souls" to make them think "all is well in Zion" and that "Zion prospereth?"
Why would it lead people "carefully down to hell" for them to believe all is well and Zion prospers?
Can Zion ever relent? Can Zion tolerate a little sin? Does it cheat us if we are good, decent people, and we recognize we are good and decent? Even if we are good and honorable, can we be deceived? (D&C 76: 75.) How does prosperity blind us? Do John's words to the Laodiceans tell us how we can err? (Rev. 3: 17.)
What quality does the devil employ to mislead us? Does being led away "carefully" mean it is harder to recognize the peril? Should it be hard to avoid deception? Why do those who take the Holy Spirit as their guide avoid this kind of deception? (D&C 45: 57.) Can anyone qualify to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit (Moroni 10: 5.) Can anyone qualify to receive Christ as their guide? (D&C 93: 1.)
What good does it do to follow even a true messenger, if you do not receive a testimony from Christ? (D&C 76: 98-101.)
To whom should you look for salvation?