A short time ago I wrote about Moroni’s reflections on the secret combinations in the Book of Mormon and how these secret bands of wicked men ultimately destroyed two great nations. He spoke directly to us and warned us to not let these wicked societies get a foothold in our modern nations. His warning follows.
Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain….
For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies… (The Book of Mormon; Ether 8:22-26) [Emphasis added]
Is this warning well placed? Are there problems within our nations today? ABSOLUTELY! Secret combinations are unmistakably thriving in the Promised Land – the Americas. There are many examples. In this brief essay I will only present some that are most evident.
SECRECT COMBINATIONS IN DRUG TRAFFICKING
It is clear that a number of Central and South American nations are beset with corruption. This exploitation of governments is fueled by murderous drug cartels that are set up to gain wealth from illegal drugs. It is virtually impossible to control these criminals because of bribes, threats and deceptive lies. The most deplorable conduct of these cartels is murder. Local leaders and police that confront them are often murdered. In addition, the families and loved ones of the leaders become the target of the criminals and are often murdered to create fear and bring compliance to their wicked ways. To add to the disorder, the children of influential people are being kidnapped for ransom. This chaotic state is created by criminals who are undoubtedly using the methods of secret combinations as described by Moroni.
A grave consequence brought about by these drug lords is that the lives of American children are polluted by the addictions caused by the use of illegal drugs. The cure for these addictions is very difficult and often hopeless. The cartels are so powerful below the southern border of the United States that they have threatened to assassinate police officials in the United States who are thwarting their drug traffic. Do we need to heed the warning of Moroni about these secret combinations? Absolutely!
SECRECY AMONG OUR AMERICAN LEADERS
Are these secret combinations thriving in the United States? An examination of the behavior of some of government officials might shed some light. Moroni warned us their secrecy would be designed to take away our liberty. Within our government it seems that power has been generated by creating a huge bureaucracy that controls the people. These unelected bureaucrats have enormous power because behind closed doors they can create rules and regulations that take sovereignty and freedom from the people. The United States Congress and Senate often conduct their business in secrecy away from the eyes of the citizens. Huge pieces of legislation containing thousands of pages of regulation are created in back rooms and voted on before they can be read and analyzed by the general population. Policy and laws are created in privacy without the voice of opposition parties.
It is painful to point out that just like the Nephites of old we are losing our rule of law. Nephite judges became corrupted by the secret bands named after a wicked leader called Gadianton. Today, the principal law of the land, the Constitution of the United States, is often ignored by our legislators. These unconstitutional laws take away our property, our freedom. The prosperity and wealth of the people is taken by taxes and distributed like bribes to obtain power.
These transfers of tax money build a system of handouts which are called “entitlements.” These programs often encourage reliance on government and fail to learn self-reliance. Moreover, these programs frequently take away the opportunity for individual charity and family support. Instead of a failsafe program to help the helpless, the systems become a mainstay of our culture and take away community and family service opportunities. Active Christians are lulled into neglecting their responsibility to help those in need because they think the government will do it.
The way of the Lord is to allow people to mature and grow through sharing their wealth voluntarily. Every person should have equal opportunity to grow and prosper. The core values of the people should be such that they work hard to create wealth which they can share by employing people and providing excellent products and services. A truly Christian society will share blessings of God with each other.
SECRECT COMBINATIONS THAT ATTACK TO CAUSE TERROR
At present there are organizations outside the Americas which desire to destroy the freedom of all lands. There is a threat to the nations of the world by Muslim extremists who also function much like the secret combinations described in the Book of Mormon – they desire to take away freedom through fear and force.
The most iconic example of these secret operatives who have no respect for life is the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City in September of 2001. They infiltrated the country and went underground while plotting the murder of thousands of Americans. Their goal was to create terror and fear while also destroying the financial systems of the free world. The recent bombing of the Boston Marathon is another example of their desire to create terror among innocent people.
It is important for us to follow the warnings of Moroni and investigate and learn to understand these organizations which reject Christianity and seek international power. The Muslim people are not to blame. Most are family people who want to have decent work and raise their families. However, there are elements of the Muslim community that foster hate and seek to establish fear and terror in the world by murdering innocent people and creating chaos. Their ultimate goal is to gain power and wealth – just like the Gadiantons.
SECRET COMBINATIONS THAT WE INVITE INTO OUR HOMES
Another example of a secret society that is slowly but effectively changing our American culture is the television and movie industry. Our families are bombarded with stories and scenes that justify and condone wickedness. Isaiah is quoted in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible - in the last days we will be bombarded with so much wickedness that that which is good and right will be called evil and vice versa.
Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 and 2 Nephi 15:20)
It doesn’t take very much thought to recognize that the entertainment industry is trying to tell us how to think. It is easy to see that television teaches our children: that violence is okay; that immorality is commonplace and acceptable; that abhorrent language is now part of the norm; that television programs set the dress standards for our youth; and that believing in Christ is not popular and is even intolerant of others. All of this is done in secret and is placed deceptively in front of us with the purpose changing our culture by of influencing our youth.
These are just a few examples of organizations or groups who act in secrecy. Their intentions are clear: they want to destroy our liberty, corrupt our society, or terrorize our people. As Moroni warned, we must become aware of our situation. Recognizing secret activities around us is only the first step. Next week, I will post some actions that we can take individually to protect ourselves and our families.