Monday, May 16, 2016

Article of Faith Five

We want to get back on track highlighting the Articles of Faith, and hope if you have missed some of the previous posts on these articles, you will be able to benefit from the truths in these statements as you read and study their content. 

Article of faith five holds key information about proper authority and how sacred ordinances are performed correctly as revealed by God. 

Article of Faith Five:

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

This article of faith is filled with safety. We are kept safe from deception when we participate and receive all necessary ordinances by proper authority. The laying on of hands refers to the sacred power of the priesthood. The source of priesthood power is God. It is to be administered by worthy males authorized to perform sacred ordinances such as baptism, and the confirming of the Holy Ghost that follows. This is just one example. 

Elder L. Tom Perry, a late member of the quorum of the twelve apostles, taught it this way, 

"We believe that from the very beginning the Lord established a plan for His children on earth. He would, in times and seasons, have the priesthood on earth to bless mankind with the authority to perform the sacred ordinances that would prove man’s obedience to His will. There were tests to be conducted as we progressed in each step towards achieving God’s greatest gift, the gift of life eternal. Fundamental, then, is having faith in His plan, in His law, to be clean and holy and to repent of our sins, and to partake of the sacred ordinance of baptism required for admission into His celestial kingdom. And after baptism to be given the great gift, that Comforter, to abide with us, to lead and guide and direct us as we progress through mortality—all of these done under the authority given to mankind from God. Each man who officiates can trace that authority directly back to the Lord Himself, who bestowed that right on mankind."

I hope this article of faith brings peace and hope to those wondering where they can put their trust when it comes to church leaders and their claims on privileges of administration. To me, this doctrine is another beautiful way God shows His love for us. He has revealed and organized proper application of His power on earth. He would not have His children tossed about with questions of authority and how to fully and properly receive the wonderful saving ordinances required for eternal life. There is a perfect way, and He has provided it. 

Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

2 comments:

  1. I love this principle. If God loved His children in times of old enough to give them prophets with the authority to speak for Him like Moses then certainly He loves his children today enough to do the same. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Revelation is real and happens today. What a comforting thought!

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  2. This is such a comforting principal. when you know that you've been called by God to complete an assignment whether it be teaching a class or taking the young men to camp you know that you can turn to him for help. The principal also helps us to realize who's church it really is and whose children we all are.

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