Gospel Doctrine lesson 43: “A Chosen Generation”
Approximate Scheduled Teaching Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
The above lesson contains the following questions:
“Peter and Jude warned that there would be false teachers among the members of the Church. What did they say were some characteristics of false teachers?” (See 2 Peter 2:1-3, 10, 12-19; Jude 1:4, 8, 10-13, 16, 18-19.)
“What counsel did Peter and Jude give that can help us avoid false teachings and remain faithful as we prepare for the Second Coming?” (See 2 Peter 3:11-14, 17-18; Jude 1:3, 20-21; see also Moroni 7:12-17; D&C 45:57; 46:7-8.)” (p, 25)
The Books of 2 Peter and Jude contain strong, even harsh language of condemnation for false prophets and false teachers. Some class members may look for examples that justify their own biases. Although the verse is not specifically mentioned in the Study Guide, Jude 1:7 speaks of those “going after strange flesh,” and a footnote is added which references Homosexuality in the Topical Guide. While the addition of footnotes to the LDS KJV was a major undertaking, changes to the footnotes have been made since the originals, showing that revisions may be appropriate from time to time. In addition, 2 Peter 2:10, which is specifically cited in the Study Guide, speaks of those who “despise government” and who “are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” Many people who speak ill of homosexuality may also despise government and speak evil of government leaders, including the president. The Spirit is not likely to quicken our minds in a discussion focused on faultfinding. Such comments may feed our pride, but not our spirit.
The title of this lesson, “A Chosen Generation,” is such a positive, uplifting statement. If possible, it would be much more meaningful and spiritual to discuss the characteristics of a chosen generation for this time, rather than focusing on the characteristics of false prophets and teachers, which can easily deteriorate into name-calling and faultfinding. Such “righteous bullying” has no place in our classes, our families, or our Church.