See answer below.

At 09:26 PM 09/08/2003 -0500, you wrote:

At 04:52 PM 9/8/03 -0800, John W. Redelfs wrote:
maddogpierre wrote:
>What do you recommend John, hanging at noon?

God will deal with them, on occasion involving the Bishop and Stake President.



Correct. He will. But the point I was getting at in my earlier message is that if you are not God, their bishop, or their stake president, why is it any concern of yours that they get what's coming to them, which is the impression I am getting from the topics of a number of your recent posts?




>Think of it this way--if the gospel is a delightsome fruit, why
>would people turn away from it?

People have moral agency.  They are free to choose between good and
evil.  Some choose evil.



And again, unless they have hurt you directly, what concern is it of yours if they "choose the wrong" rather than "choose the right"? Your situation may be different, but most of the time it's all I can do to keep track of my own bad choices and try to do something about them, without involving myself in those of others for whom I have no specific responsibility. If I am not the bishop or stake president, about the only people I can think of whose bad choices I might should disagree with by saying something aloud would be members of my family and perhaps very close friends, and even then I should probably say no more than that I think they are making a bad choice, because, as you mentioned, they have their agency to choose.




-- Ronn! :)
My answer: In fact, I get the sense that Christ wants us most to be concerned with ourselves more than anyone else from the following verses:

  Matthew|7:3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's
eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
  Matthew|7:4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the
mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye?
  Matthew|7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own
eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy
brother's eye.

Stacy.
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