There are many who profess to be religious and speak of themselves as 
Christians, and, according to one such, "as accepting the scriptures 
only as sources of inspiration and moral truth," and then ask in their 
smugness: "Do the revelations of God give us a handrail to the kingdom 
of God, as the Lord's messenger told Lehi, or merely a compass?"

Unfortunately, some are among us who claim to be Church members but are 
somewhat like the scoffers in Lehi's vision—standing aloof and seemingly 
inclined to hold in derision the faithful who choose to accept Church 
authorities as God's special witnesses of the gospel and His agents in 
directing the affairs of the Church.

There are those in the Church who speak of themselves as liberals who, 
as one of our former presidents has said, "read by the lamp of their own 
conceit." (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine [Deseret Book Co., 1939], p. 
373.) One time I asked one of our Church educational leaders how he 
would define a liberal in the Church. He answered in one sentence: "A 
liberal in the Church is merely one who does not have a ."

The late Dr. John A. Widtsoe of the Council of the Twelve, an eminent 
educator, make a statement relative to this word liberal as it applied 
to those in the Church. This is what he said:

The self-called liberal [in the Church] is usually one who has broken 
with the fundamental principles or guiding philosophy of the group to 
which he belongs. . . . He claims membership in an organization but does 
not believe in its basic concepts; and sets out to reform it by changing 
its foundations. . . .

It is folly to speak of a liberal religion, if that religion claims that 
it rests upon unchanging truth.

And then Dr. Widtsoe concludes his statement with this:

It is well to beware of people who go about proclaiming that they are or 
their churches are liberal. The probabilities are that the structure of 
their faith is built on sand and will not withstand the storms of truth. 
("Evidences and Reconciliations," Improvement Era 44:609.)

(Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book 
Co., 1974], 351.)

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