Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

“Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”
 
When a pastor on Christian radio used this phrase, I hadn’t heard it before, so here’s what it means.

Moralistic=There is good and bad behavior
Therapeutic=Feels good or beneficial
Deism=God isn’t personal
 
In other words, good or bad behavior is determined by whatever feels good since any higher power, if there is one, doesn’t get involved your daily life.
 
“…every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.” -Alma 30:17
 
Many today believe truth or reality includes deciding their own gender, their own sexual orientation, their own spin on religion (or no religion), and no one, not even prophets, have any right to disagree with that personal opinion.
 
Like argumentative teenagers, many in our world are convinced that they are the ones who see everything clearly because the loving words of counsel and direction from their Heavenly Father are just there to ruin the fun.
 


The heartbreaking reality for argumentative teenagers (age 1-99) is that God, their all-knowing and loving Father, has the perspective of eternity. He’s not trying to ruin their fun, but is trying to guide them to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.  

To short-sighted teenagers, alcohol, addiction, drugs, and promiscuous sex can seem fun and to have no lasting dangers, but there is an unavoidable reality of future consequences. The warnings of prophets of eternal implications for sinful changes of truth come just as surely. Consequences are unavoidable unless changes are made through repentance.  

Again, like the short-sighted teenagers we all are in God’s eyes, it’s easy to respond to correction with anger and frustration. It’s most natural to storm out and slam the door, while yelling ‘You HATE Me!!!’  

But our Heavenly Father, his prophets, and those loving enough to speak up and advise a change obviously don’t hate you. Instead, like a good parent, they actually have enough love to speak up. They care enough to respectfully and directly warn of danger ahead.  

We each have the choice to recognize the goodness and greatness of God and acknowledge the He, and only He, determines all truth. His son, Jesus Christ, is, “the way, the truth, and the life.” They want the very best for us. They want to help us come home.

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