Prophets are Sent to Warn

Noah’s priests made the argument that because things were going well – because the king and people had been prosperous – because there was no evidence of the consequences of sin – that there was no sin and that Abinadi’s warnings were unfounded.

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But the consequences of sin are not usually immediate.

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This may often give the sinner a false sense of security.

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Some consequences of iniquity in society take many decades to visibly manifest themselves – and often the masses will seek to rationalize or explain them away or create further iniquity to support their position.

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Those who desire sin will thus continue in it until consequences are realized – at which point a change of character may no longer be attainable. 

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Prophets are sent to warn about the consequences of sin BEFORE they are fully realized – thus giving us opportunity to change our hearts and avoid the extreme consequences of sin – the most severe of which is to be permanently cut off from the presence of God.

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May we ever give thanks for – and heed to – the warning voice of living prophets. 

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“And behold, we are strong, we shall not come into bondage, or be taken captive by our enemies; yea, and thou hast prospered in the land, and thou shalt also prosper.” – Mosiah 12:15

– Jakob R. Jones @jakobrjones 

Image credit – “Abinadi before King Noah” by Andrew Bosley

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