At 03:52 PM 11/08/2003 -0500, you wrote:
I have some quotes here, which will show that one must do more than receive the Holy Ghost and reject it to become a candidate for perdition. You will see that one must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened up, know God, and then totally and completely rebel.
Mormon Doctrine tells us about sons of perdition:
Disobedience See CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE, OBEDIENCE, REBELLION. Nonconformity to divine standards of personal righteousness constitutes disobedience. All men are either obedient or disobedient; they either keep the commandments or fail to do so; either neglect or refusal to conform to gospel standards classifies a person as a rebel. Disobedience is of the devil, "That wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the traditions of their fathers." ("D&C 93:39) By disobedience men gain membership in the kingdom of the devil, as he operates it on earth, in the spirit world, and among the resurrected rebels of eternity. The most violent and destructive of all disobedience is the complete and open rebellion against light and truth which makes a person a son of perdition. Those who love darkness rather than light, their deeds being evil, "receive their wages of whom they list to obey." ("D&C 29:45
in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, we read:
In LDS scripture Lucifer and cain are called Perdition, meaning "destruction" ("D&C 76:; "moses 5:Moses 4:1-4) and mortals who commit the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost will inherit the same condition as Lucifer and Cain, and thus are called "sons of perdition." 1391Perdition is both a place and a spiritual condition. As a place, it is synonymous with that hell to which both unembodied and resurrected sons of perdition will be consigned following the last judgment (" Ne. 28:23; "D&C 29:38; TPJS, p. 361). This future kingdom of the devil will be devoid of any of the Spirit and glory of God. ("D&C 88:24). Sons of perdition are not merely wicked; they are incorrigibly evil. In sinning against the revelations of the Holy Ghost, they have sinned against the greater light and knowledge of God. They willfully and utterly pervert principles of righteousness and truth with which they were once endowed, and transform them into principles of evil and deception. Joseph Smith declared, "You cannot save such persons; you cannot bring them to repentance" (TPJS, p. 358). No divine principle can cleanse the sons of perdition; following the last judgment, they will remain "filthy still" ("D&C 29:44D&C 29:44;"D&C 88:35 88:35). It is revealed that "it had been better for them never to have been born" ("D&C 76:32D&C 76:32).
Unpardonable Sin 1499The gravest of all sins is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. One may speak even against Jesus Christ in ignorance and, upon repentance, be forgiven, but knowingly to sin against the Holy Ghost by denying its influence after having received it is unpardonable ("matt. 12:31"matt. 12:32Matt. 12:31-32; "jacob 7:19Jacob 7:19; "alma 39:6Alma 39:6), and the consequences are inescapable. Such denial dooms the perpetrator to the hell of the second spiritual death (TPJS, p. 361). This extreme judgment comes because the person sins knowingly against the light, thereby severing himself from the redeeming grace of Christ. He is numbered with the sons of perdition ("D&C 76:43D&C 76:43). 1499The Prophet Joseph Smith explained, "No man can commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, nor in this life, until he receives the Holy Ghost" (TPJS, p. 357). To commit the unpardonable sin, a person "must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against Him. After a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost, there is no repentance for himů. he has got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens have been opened to him, and to deny the Plan of Salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it" (TPJS, p. 358; cf. "heb. 10:26"heb. 10:27"heb. 10:28"heb. 10:29Heb. 10:26-29).
Ultimate and total damnation comes only to the devil and his angels, who rebelled in the first estate, and to the sons of perdition, who are damned eternally and denied entrance into any kingdom of glory hereafter ("D&C 76:32). The sons of perdition are those guilty of unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost ("D&C 132:27); cf. "mark 3:29), which includes the willful denial of the "Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame" ("D&C 76:35).
All except the sons of perdition will eventually accept Christ and obey him, and thereby escape the dominion of Satan ("D&C 76:110). Thus is the Father's plan of agency fulfilled. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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