Good post, sums most of what needs to be said.TruthOrConsequences wrote:Secret combinations are the result of several paradigm shifts that either the people or our leaders have allowed themselves to be led by the adversary into. The primary means toward a society's degeneration are personal worthiness, the subtle rationalization away from constitutional principles, and the yoke of financial bondage and military conquest.
The media has so conditioned our perspectives towards these issues and of course the false choices they blatantly parade in front of us, that we are almost always kept off balance. That being "who deceiveth the whole world' is a formidable opponent, let us not take him lightly. We must do all we can to battle him with true principles every way we possibly can.
First of all then, we have to know these principles to aid us in waging war against the adversary. The gospel, scriptures, church leaders have given us many of them already. We can also go to the Lord to guide us to those that have not been revealed. Most of us already know this but the task seems so overwhelming that we become discouraged before we even start.
Getting gain and power or more specifically ill gotten gain and unrighteous power seem to me to be the adversary's primary agenda. This unrighteous foundation must be attacked. Drilling down even deeper, money is at the root of it all "the love of money is the root of all evil". Take away the funding for these secret combinations, unrighteous power structures and they can be easily defeated.
I don't believe that the 16th Amendment (Income Tax) and the Federal Reserve Act (both enacted in the same year) was by accident. I also can't believe our political leaders at that time weren't fully aware that these 2 actions wouldn't allow a steady stream of ill gotten wealth to be put into the pockets of the banking establishment and in return a diversion of funds from them into the coffers of our political leaders to keep them in office. I describe the simple solution to reforming our monetary system to de-fund these elitists and bring financial control back to our local communities (I'm just the messenger; Mike Montagne is the author of this system). See "Mathematically Perfected Economy, the solution" in the LDSFF. Please don't judge it until you see just how rock solid its principles really are. It's not Capitalism, nor is it Socialism, but true free market enterprise in its purest form.
Regarding support for the Secret Combinations, they would be reduced to bare bones strength if people, weren't doing unchastity, abortion, illicit drugs, like they are. The appeal would be lost, and the funding would be significantly reduced. But the doctrines are there, and if both members and nonmembers alike start living a life more in line with the gospel, then the Secret Combinations would weaken.