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KEYS WARN AGAINST MODERN DECEPTIONS

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The Doctrine and Covenants provides many keys against deception. Following are only a few:

- Through prayer, maintaining a contrite spirit and participating in gospel ordinances, a person can avoid being deceived. (D&C 52:14-16.)- The Lord warns that "there are many spirits which are false spirits which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world. And Satan hath sought to deceive you, that he might overthrow you." (D&C 50:1-3.) Knowing of the reality of false spirits is important.

- Those who have lost faith in the Church may be guilty of lustful practices. (D&C 42:23.) Most of the disaffection with the Church does not happen over doctrine, but by misbehavior.

- One need not be taken in by those who claim to have received secret authority, since all authority must be sustained by the voice of the people by giving common consent. (D&C 41:9; 42:11; 26; 20:65; and 28:13.)

- One need not be deceived by those who claim to have a higher (third) priesthood than the Aaronic and Melchizedek, since it is made clear that there are only the Melchizedek and Aaronic priesthoods. (D&C 107:5-6; 84:33).

- In the Doctrine and Covenants, one is instructed how to detect false spirits. (D&C 129:4-9.)

- Those who boast in the name of God are not of Him. (D&C 84:73.)

- The Lord said, "I command and revoke as seem-eth me good." (D&C 56:4.) This verse takes away the argument of those who claim the Lord would require certain things at one time and not at other times. A person can fall into apostasy advocating change and resisting change. The spirit of this verse is that whatever is the Lord's mind and will is right.

- Although the Bible and Book of Mormon speak of the removal of Church members for committing serious sin, the Doctrine and Covenants gives clear instruction on this matter, including a detailed section on Church courts.

- No other scriptures give so much detail and positive encouragement on repentance than we get in the Doctrine and Covenants, helping to bring alive the meaning of Christ's love, mercy and atonement (D&C 1:31-32: 58:42; 64:9-10). - Gilbert W. Scharffs, instructor, Salt Lake Institute of Religion.