communicating with Concerned Latter-day Saint Christians as they defendtheir faith, then he signally fails to conform to what he claims to accept ashis Lord Jesus Christ’s commandment.
His claim that Jesus referred only to the necessity of his disciples to be perfect in loving their enemies is a defiant attempt to retreat from the fullimport of what Jesus actually said, and to lessen the burden placed by Jesusupon the heads of all that profess him Lord and Saviour, whom he insists areto follow his example, even unto death if needs be.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let himdeny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For the convicted disciple or Christian, the only way to follow Christ is ascompletely and as earnestly as possible. There is no easy, or royal, road for the Christian dedicated to Christ and seriously committed to following hisexample. There are lazy, partially committed Christians that are willing onlyto do the minimum to, as they suppose, obtain their salvation, andconsequently excuse themselves from the rigorous demands to which thosethat are spiritually reborn as Christians willingly and joyfully submitthemselves, no matter what the cost.That the verse in Matthew 5:48 goes far beyond loving our enemies, becausethe whole of Matthew 5 goes far beyond loving our enemies is evident if wequote the verse in its entirety.
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Non-LDS Bible commentaries dealing with this verse offer:“The Hebrew word rendered "blameless" (NKJV) or "perfect" (KJV) inGenesis 17:1 means "entire, complete, full, without blemish." The Greek word found in Matthew 5:48 translated "perfect" means "finished, complete,having reached its end," and implies being fully grown or mature. Thedefinition of the English word perfect is "lacking nothing essential to thewhole, without defect, complete." All three definitions contain the word"complete."
My purpose here is not to reprimand him, but to open the Scriptures to his understanding that he mightcome to know what the Holy Bible actually says about forsaking sin, so that he can come to understanding.