It is easier for a worldly person to come to a healing change of his life, or even to the top of perfection, than a tired saint who is fallen from his first enthusiasm, because the worldly man will go through pain and agony and, sooner or later, he will not be able to stand it any longer, and will rush in the depths of depression to the source of true cleansing.

But, when somebody has begun to pollute his name as a saint, without joyfulness and enthusiasm, he will still feel safe and, therefore, will not recognize what he is missing and, therefore, he is not easy to be taught. He will say in his heart, I’m blessed. I know it all and need nobody.

– Johannes Cassian, Spannkraft der Seele.
Quoted by Elder F Enzio Busche in a May 1996 BYU Devotional Address


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“The time will come when the fainthearted and the wicked,

whose knees tremble and who cannot endure the contradiction of the ungodly world,

and choose rather to hide their heads, and retire,
making lies their refuge,

will lift up their eyes in hell, being in torment:

they will look back,
and they will try to repent as it were in sackcloth and ashes:

they will seek repentance carefully with tears, but will not find it, because there will be no chance left for them to regain what they have lost.

If the Lord has compassion upon them and hears their cries, their weeping, and their bitter lamentation in the day of their degradation and misery, it will be to give them the privilege of becoming, in a future day, the servants of those who maintained their integrity.

– Elder Erastus Snow of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Remarks delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, November 29, 1857.
Reported By: G. D. Watt. Journal of Discourses.

 


DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES


FAINTHEARTED
adjective
Cowardly; timorous; dejected; easily depressed, or yielding to fear.

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WICKEDadjective
[The primary sense is to wind and turn, or to depart, to fall away.]

WICKED 1a.  Evil in principle or practice;
E’VILadjective [Heb. to be unjust or injurious, to defraud.]

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EVIL is a word of comprehensive signification, extending to every thing that is contrary to the moral law, and both to persons and actions. We say, a wicked man, a wicked deed, wicked ways, wicked lives, a wicked heart, wicked designs, wicked works.
“No man was ever wicked without secret discontent.”

2. A word of slight blame; as the wicked urchin.

3. Cursed; baneful; pernicious; as wicked words, words pernicious in their efforts. [This last signification may throw some light on the word witch.]

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PERNI’CIOUSadjective [Latin perniciosus, from pernicies; perneco, to kill; per and nex, necis, death.] Destructive; having the quality of killing, destroying or injuring; very injurious or mischievous. Food, drink or air may be pernicious to life or health.

 

The wicked in Scripture, persons who live in sin; transgressors of the divine law;
all who are unreconciled to God, unsanctified or impenitent.

TRANSGRESS’ORnoun. One who breaks a law or violates a command;
one who violates any known rule or principle of rectitude

UNRECONCI’LED, adjective
1. Not reconciled; not made consistent.
(Reconciled = brought into friendship from a state of disagreement or enmity)
2. Not appeased; not having become favorable.
(Appeased = quieted; calmed; stilled; pacified)
3. In a theological sense, not having laid aside opposition and enmity to God; not having made peace with God through faith in Christ.

UNSANC’TIFIED, adjective
1. Not sanctified; unholy.
(Sanctified = set apart for sacred services)
2. Not consecrated.
(Consecrated= Made sacred by ceremonies or solemn rites; separated from a common to a sacred use; devoted or dedicated to the service and worship of God;)

IMPEN’ITENTnoun One who does not repent; a hardened sinner.

 

 

WICKED 1b. Deviating from the divine law;
DEVIATEverb intransitive [Latin , way.] To turn aside or wander from the common or right way, course or line, either in a literal or figurative sense; as, to deviate from the true course, the common track, the path of duty.

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Leviticus 20:10. They have the adulteress, but where is the adulterer?

Wicked 1c. Addicted to Vice;

ADDICT’ED,
 participle passive. Devoted by customary practice

VICE: 
In ethics, any voluntary action or course of conduct which deviates from the rules of moral rectitude, or from the plain rules of propriety; any moral unfitness of conduct, either from defect of duty, or from the transgression of known principles of rectitude. Vice differs from crime, in being less enormous. We never call murder or robbery a vice; but every act of intemperance, all falsehood, duplicity, deception, lewdness and the like, is a vice The excessive indulgence of [desires], passions and appetites which in themselves are innocent, is a vice…  This word is also used to denote a habit of transgressing; as a life of vice. Vice is rarely a solitary invader; it usually brings with it a frightful train of followers.

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Wicked 1d. sinful; immoral.

SIN:
The voluntary departure of a moral agent from a known rule of rectitude or duty, prescribed by God; any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command

SIN’FULadjective [from sin.]
1. Tainted with sin; wicked; iniquitous; criminal; unholy; as sinful men.
Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity! Isaiah 1:4.
2. Containing sin, or consisting in sin; contrary to the laws of God; as sinful actions; sinful thoughts; sinful words.

IMMOR’ALadjective [in and moral.] Inconsistent with moral rectitude; contrary to the moral or divine law; wicked; unjust; dishonest; vicious. Every action is immoral which contravenes any divine precept, or which is contrary to the duties which men owe to each other.

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DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVE PHRASES

 

ONE WHO HAS TREMBLING KNEES

1. Shaking slightly because of fear, cold, unsteadiness, uncertainty, upset or nervousness

2. A knee-trembler is a sexual encounter in an upright position, typically with one of the involved pair leaning against a wall. [Desiring sexual relations outside the covenant]

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Not Desiring A Covenant Relationship

 

ONE WHO CANNOT ENDURE THE CONTRADICTION OF THE UNGODLY

ENDU’REverb transitive [Latin durus, duro.]

1. To last; to continue in the same state without perishing; to remain; to abide.
The Lord shall endure forever (Psalms 9:7).
He shall hold [his house] fast, but it shall not endure (Job 8:15).
2. To bear; to brook; to suffer without resistance, or without yielding.
How can I endure to see the evil that shall come to my people? (Esther 8:6)
Can thy heart endure or thy hands be strong? (Ezekiel 22:14)
To bear with unbearable sorrow (Man of LaMancha)

ENDU’REverb transitive
To bear; to sustain; to support without breaking or yielding to force or pressure.
Metals endure a certain degree of heat without melting.

1. To bear with patience; to bear without opposition or sinking under the pressure.
Therefore, I endure all things for the elect’s sake. (2 Timothy 2:3).
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons (Hebrews 12:7).
2. To undergo; to sustain.
I wish to die, yet dare not death endure
3. To continue in.

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Via Dolorosa

 

CONTRADICTION, noun [Latin]

1. An assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial; contrary declaration.
2. Opposition, whether by words, reproaches or attempts to defeat.
Consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself (Hebrews 12:3).
3. Direct opposition or repugnancy; inconsistency with itself; incongruity or contrariety of things, words, thoughts or propositions. 
If we perceive truth, we thereby perceive whatever is false in contradiction to it.

FeelingTowards

Feeling After

 

UNGOD’LYadjective

1. Wicked; impious; neglecting the fear and worship of God, or violating his commands (1 Peter 4:18).
2. Sinful; contrary to the divine commands; as ungodly deeds (Jude 1:4).
3. Polluted by wickedness; as an ungodly day.

BECAUSE HE CANNOT ENDURE, HE CHOOSES TO HIDE HIS HEAD INSTEAD

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HIDE THE HEAD
To hide the face from: is to overlook; to pardon.
To hide the face: to withdraw spiritual presence, support and consolation
To hide one’s self: to put one’s self in a condition to be safe; to secure protection.

HIDE: In Scripture, not to confess or disclose; or to excuse and extenuate.

 


BECAUSE HE CANNOT ENDURE, HE CHOOSES TO RETIRE TO A REFUGE OF LIES INSTEAD

 

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RETI’REverb intransitive

1. To withdraw; to retreat; to go from company or from a public place into privacy;
as, to retire from the world; to retire from notice.
2. To retreat from action or danger; as, to retire from battle.
3. To withdraw from a public station.
General Washington, in 1796, retired to private life.
4. To break up, as a company or assembly.
The company retired at eleven o’clock.
5. To depart or withdraw for safety or for pleasure.
Men retire from the town in summer for health and pleasure. But in South Carolina, the planters retire from their estates to Charleston, or to an isle near the town.

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Parable of the Great Feast

 

LIEnoun

1. A criminal falsehood; a falsehood uttered for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth. Fiction, or a false statement or representation, not intended to deceive, mislead or injure, as in fables, parables and the like, is not a lie

It is willful deceit that makes a lie A man may act a lie as by pointing his finger in a wrong direction, when a traveler inquires of him his road.

2. A fiction; in a ludicrous sense.
3. False doctrine (1 John 2:1).
4. An idolatrous picture of God, or a false god (Romans 1:25).
5. That which deceives and disappoints confidence.

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REF’UGEnoun [Latin refugium, refugio; re and fugio, to flee.]

1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
Rocks, dens and caves, but I in none of these find place or refuge
We have made lies our refuge (Isaiah 28:15).
We might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us (Hebrews 6:18).

2. That which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a strong hold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy.
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats (Psalms 104:18).
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed (Psalms 9:9).

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DESCRIPTION OF FUTURE CONDITION

 

But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also.

Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned. 

Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers— For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been  hid from the world with Christ in God—

Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.

D&C 86:6-11

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And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom, cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Matthew 25:6-8

THEY WILL LIFT UP THEIR EYES IN HELL, BEING IN TORMENT

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“The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains like Marley’s Ghost; some few (they might be guilty governments) were linked together; none were free. Many had been personally known to Scrooge in their lives. He had been quite familiar with one old ghost, in a white waistcoat, with a monstrous iron safe attached to its ankle, who cried piteously at being unable to assist a wretched woman with an infant, whom it saw below, upon a door-step. The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.

– Charles Dickens, The Christmas Carol

 

THEY WILL LOOK BACK, AND THEY WILL TRY TO REPENT

 

“And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

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Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

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For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.”

Alma 34:33-35

THEY WILL SEEK REPENTANCE CAREFULLY WITH TEARS, BUT WILL NOT FIND IT

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“Hearken, O ye people of my church, to whom the kingdom has been given; … And again I say, hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved… ; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed… Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name.

D&C 45:1-8

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CRIES, WEEPING, AND BITTER LAMENTATION IN THE DAY OF THEIR DEGRADATION AND MISERY

“O that I had repented, and had not killed the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out. Yea, in that day ye shall say: O that we had remembered the Lord our God…”

Helaman 13:33



“Wherefore, I, the Lord, have said that the
fearful,
and the unbelieving,
and all the liars,
and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie,
and the whoremonger,
and the sorcerer [i.e. false priest],
shall have their part in that lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone,
which is the second death.

Verily, I say, that they shall not have part in the first resurrection.

And now behold, I, the Lord, say unto you that ye are NOT justified because these things are among you.”

D&C 63:17-19 (see also Mosiah 4:19-21)

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And it shall come to pass that when the second trump trump shall sound then shall they that never knew me come forth and shall stand before me.

And then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, that I am their Redeemer; but they would not be redeemed.

Mosiah 26:25-26 (see also JST Matthew 7:33, JST Matthew 25:11, “If Ye Had Known Me”)



“And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation

And these are the rest of the dead; and they live not again until the thousand years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth.

D&C 88:100-101



These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.

D&C 76:78

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Foolish outside the gate. “Ye know me not.”

 

IF THE LORD HEARS THEM AND HAS COMPASSION UPON THEM, THEY WILL BE GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE OF BECOMING SERVANTS

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Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.

For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.

D&C 132:16-17

REVIEW OF ERASTUS SNOW QUOTE:

“But the time will come when the fainthearted and the wicked, whose knees tremble and who cannot endure the contradiction of the ungodly world, and choose rather to hide their heads and retire, making lies their refuge (Isaiah 28:15), will lift up their eyes in hell, being in torment (D&C 104:18): they will look back, and they will try to repent as it were in sackcloth and ashes (Matthew 11:21): they will seek repentance carefully with tears (Hebrews 12:17), but will not find it, because there will be no chance left for them to regain what they have lost. If the Lord has compassion upon them and hears their cries, their weeping, and their bitter lamentation in the day of their degradation and misery, it will be to give them the privilege of becoming, in a future day, the servants of those who maintained their integrity.

REPENT’verb intransitive
[Latin: re and paeniteo, from paena, pain. Greek: penalty, and pain labor.]

A change of mind and heart that brings a fresh attitude toward God, oneself, and life in general. Repentance implies that a person turns away from evil and turns his heart and will to God, submitting to God’s commandments and desires and forsaking sin. True repentance comes from a love for God and a sincere desire to obey His commandments. All accountable persons have sinned and must repent in order to progress toward salvation. Only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ can our repentance become effective and accepted by God. (Guide to the Scriptures, lds.org)

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For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. – Alma 34:32

INTEG’RITYnoun [Latin integritas, from integer.]

1. Wholeness; entireness; unbroken state.
The constitution of the United States guaranties to each state the integrity of its territories. The contracting parties guarantied the integrity of the empire.

2. The entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. Integrity comprehends the whole moral character, but has a special reference to uprightness in mutual dealings, transfers of property, and agencies for others.

3. Purity; genuine, unadulterated, unimpaired state; as the integrity of language.

4. Trimmed, lit lamp and oil-filled vessel and alert, watching bride



If you will here stop, and ask yourselves, why you

are not as pious as the primitive Christians were,
your own heart will tell you, that it is neither
through ignorance nor inability, but purely because
you never thoroughly intended it.
– William Law