In the Book of Mormon there is reference to groups of people that at one time were Nephites and members of the Church of God and then for some reason they left the Church and openly rebelled against it. I am not talking about people that just left the Church, but people who left the Church and then did whatever they could to try to ruin the Church and its members.
These people were so filled with hatred for members of the Church that they were even put in charge of the armies of those that opposed the Church in wars that took thousands of lives. One group, the Amalekites were so against the members of the Church that Zerahemnah, a Lamanite leader, put them in charge.
And now, as the Amalekites were of a more wicked and murderous disposition than the Lamanites were, in and of themselves, therefore, Zerahemnah appointed chief captains over the Lamanites, and they were all Amalekites and Zoramites. Alma 43:6
I have now come in contact with one of these “…ites”. And I can tell you, that one of their main goals is to stir up the non members of the Church to contend with those of the Church. They find it their holy war to ridicule, mock, and slander everything they can in regards to the Church and to spread their vile hate to as many as will listen. But, they expect everyone to accept their beliefs, and to not judge them for their choices. And it is not just in Book of Mormon times that they are the generals of the armies against God, they have also taken up those positions in modern times.
In the last days, we have been told that we will hear of Wars and Rumors of Wars. D&C 45:26 explains, ” And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.”
I don’t think that all of these wars are going to be physical wars. I believe that a lot of these wars will be wars against values and morals that are taught by the Church of God. And Satan and the “…ites” are going to do war in anyway they can. Satan knows that the last days are close at hand, so he is going to ramp up his attack to make as many “hearts fail” as possible.
Below are a few of the examples of wars that we are currently fighting, and that we need to be valiant in. If the Church of God and its members do not stand up and fight, then Satan will win. And if Satan wins, then there will be those that are lost in the battle.
First, THE VALUE OF LIFE, is under attack and a full war has been engaged and is currently engaged. There are several examples of this battle and war going on. The foremost is ABORTION. In the US from the 1999-2008 there have been a total of 8,439,969 LEGAL abortions in the US (according the the CDC). For 9 years, we threw away over 8 MILLION Babies. If that is not a devaluation of life, then I don’t know what would be. This does not include the countries that force abortions, this is just in the US alone.
The value of life is also down played with the current media. Our movies show people dying all the time, there are sitcoms that are based just on death (I am guilty of watching a couple of them). Look at the popular games on Amazon.com. The majority of them are about killing and death. Max Payne, Ghost Recon, Call of Duty, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, all of which have an M or higher rating. Not to mention the new movies that are coming out.
Second, the VALUE OF MARRIAGE. This is a war that is being fought very hard right now. Since Obama has come out in support of Gay Marriage, and Mit Romney is opposed to it, we are going to see the battle lines drawn even tighter between now and November 2012.
If you just look at the statistics, it is staggering. The CDC is reporting (pg. 14) that in 2009 41% of births were to unwed mothers. And 362,490 of those were to mothers under 20 years old. In DC 55.8% of the children born were to unwed mothers. In 1960 only 5.3% were born out of wedlock. Note: this was back in 2009, we don’t have the statistics for any year later than 2009. I would venture to guess that it is now at 50% nation wide.
If this is not a sign of how the Value of Marriage has been degraded and is under attack, then I don’t know what is.
Third, the VALUE OF GENDER ROLES. I am not going to go into a lot of detail on this one, but the battle is there, and it is very real. God created Man and Woman, and each of them have separate roles. We are suppose to be different, or we would of been created as an asexual group of people, girls and boys are physically different for a reason. In order to continue as a race, we have to have BOTH sexes. And each sex is given a set of characteristics that are unique to them. I am not saying one is better than the other, but I believe that both sets of characteristics are needed (that is one reason why marriage between Man and Woman is so important). The human race could not run if we did not have BOTH SEXES and BOTH sets of CHARACTERISTICS.
Satan and the “…ites” are trying to down play the importance of each role. They are also trying to make one role better than the other role. Look at TV shows. How many TV shows now show the Father as the idiot in the family? You don’t think that is part of the devaluation of one of the roles? (The Simpson’s is a perfect example.)
They are also saying that both roles are not needed. They are trying to get people to accept that life without men or life without women would be OK and even acceptable.
Forth, the VALUE OF LIBERTY/RELIGION. One of the biggest battles ever fought was over liberty and the ability to choose what is right. This battle raged before we even came to Earth. Those of us who are here all fought with Christ and were on his side during that battle. But Liberty is under attack again, and it is in the guise of Socialism and the other forms it takes.
You may be asking why I put these two together. The answer is simple. In a true Socialistic society, the government is the source of all freedoms and liberties. The government then becomes your religion. A perfect example is “The Life of Julia” (a cartoon by Barack Obama to show how Julia has to have the government take care of her needs from birth to grave). What most people don’t realize is that by having the government take care of you and supply you with everything, God then has no room in your life. Eventually government and religion become the same thing.
Our founding fathers knew that if we don’t look to GOD for our liberty, there are some inalienable rights that he has given to us, but to government for liberty, we actually lose our liberty. Why would we look to man to give us our liberty, and not to God? God is perfect, where man is not and often times selfish.
As members of GODs CHURCH, we need to be ready for these battles. We may not be called upon to take up arms and fight physically in the streets, but we will be called upon to take on the Armor of God and fight other battles. Those battles may not damage us physically, but the damage they may cause will go past the physical life, and into the eternal life. We all have already fought a war in heaven, we have the tools, we just need to apply those tools here as well.