PASTOR COLUMN - Be true to the definitions that God has set forth


A contractor would use the term "to be true" as meaning conforming to a standard. Other definitions include genuine, faithful and loyal.

I wonder at times if, as a nation, we are drifting away from this standard when it comes to God, spouse and family. Some would say we are being true. However, they want to change the definition of God, spouse and family.

It is a dangerous practice to change scripturally given definitions. In some cases, God has been demoted to a collective consciousness from His glory and majesty as Stephan testifies of him in the New Testament in the Bible, as recorded in Acts 7:56.

"Behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God," Stephan said as he was stoned to death for testifying of an exact definition of God.

When it comes to a spouse, the definition couldn't be clearer.

God himself spoke to Adam the first man and Eve the first woman. In the Old Testament in the Bible, as recorded in Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

There has been a trend in the world of couples living together as opposed to getting married. It is not the way of God. It is difficult to be true to something that is not binding.

Then there is the family, and again the world would try to change its definition. The world would have us believe that any two adults with children in the home is a family. Once again the scriptures testify in the Bible in the book of Genesis that a man and a woman bound in the marriage covenant should multiply and replenish the earth. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all followed the divine definition of a family, and many continue in our day.

Let us stand with God and his definitions and be true and faithful to God, spouse and family.

President Larry Johnson is the ecclesiastical leader of the Walla Walla 4th Branch, Walla Walla Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a separate congregation for young, single adults through age 30. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at


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