(July 22, 2015)
Paul here prophesied about heresies coming among the Church of God, to prove the faithful. I must admit that I believe that we are in the midst of one of those times. When you see the way that many people seem to be actively warring against the Church, and condemning the Priesthood leadership of the Church, even from within the very walls of Church buildings I think the belief that we are in a time of heresy is undeniable.
I understand the disappointment with Priesthood leadership – I have, unfortunately, been in a position where a Priesthood leader has let me down in my life. But to take that experience and somehow shoehorn it into a belief that Priesthood leadership in general is wrong is a heresy that seems rampant in our time.
We have the promise that the majority of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency will not lead us astray. That is it. If we follow them, we will be safe. We have a commandment to sustain our local Priesthood leadership (and often sustaining means following). We have no promise that our local Priesthood leadership won’t be wrong, just a commandment to follow them.
We do not believe in infallible leaders, but we believe in leaders chosen by an infallible God. And that makes it incumbent upon us to follow these infallible leaders to the best of our ability (even when their mistakes hurt us deeply) as part of our service to God.