Secret combinations of our day.

Wrote a comment over at Connor’s Conundrums that I enjoyed so much that I’ll reprint it here: 

The book of Helaman teaches us that conspiracies can envelope an entire society:  Helaman 6:

  38 And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.

On the other hand, the members of this society could be turned to do better things merely by the preaching of the word:  Helaman 6:

  37 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton; and they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them, insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites.

The secret combination here was a way of life for an entire society, until they were all card-holding members of the Gadianton society.  I think that in most instances they were the general populace were unwitting accomplices to the very wicked men who were in power and thus the preaching of the word was able to convert them over to righteousness. 

In our day, I think we have a similar situation to what we read about in the book of Helaman.  In general, secret combinations and priestcrafts are the same thing.  That is, they seek the praise of the world, wealth and power at the expense of life.

In my studies I’ve seen numerous examples of this subtle type of conspiracy or secret combination among us.  In the 90s there was the Multi-lateral Agreement on Investment, or the MAI.  This was a secret trade agreement that was championed by the Clinton administration and very secretively planned and nurtured by the rich and powerful, and presented as “free trade” (by the way, there’s nothing free at all about the way we trade as a nation these days).  With the MAI, a corporation would have had the ability to sue a nation for the expropriation of potential income due to a law enforced (or even a law in its formative stages that hadn’t become a law yet) upon a corporation that would hurt its bottom line. 

Thus, laws like minimum wage laws, environmental protection laws etc. would be out the window.  A similar effect, but on a smaller scale, was seen with NAFTA.  There was an additive to gasoline called MMT, that Canada had outlawed since it was found to be harmful to human’s health.  MMT was also outlawed in the USA, but since the producer of MMT, the Ethyl Corporation, was US based, they only went after Canada.  They sued Canada for 251 million dollars.  Canada chose to settle with an apology to the Ethyl Corporation, 13 million dollars and to drop its ban on MMT.

You see here, how this “free trade” agreement severely affected Canada’s sovereignity and actually threatens freedom and democracy in this hemisphere.  The MAI would have been NAFTA on steroids.  It would have been a race to the bottom and there would have been no more role for the democratic lawmaking process.  Even consideration of legislation that would hamper the profitability of corporation would have resulted in a lawsuit.  These suits in NAFTA are judged by a tribunal of unelected judges. 

The MAI was killed in its formative stages because the public got wind of it and entire cities in the USA declared themselves MAI-free zones.  However, the same people continue to push for disguised versions of the same old MAI.

We learn in Ether of a secret combination in the last days which will seek to overthrow the freedom of all nations:  Ether 8:

  24 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 they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
  25 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; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

It has long been these powerful corporations that have led to the murders of millions of people in our own generation.  These corporations lobby congress in the US so they can make money.  They lobbied congress in the 1950s for example, and got our government to overthrow the democratically elected and popular government of Guatemala.  The military government which got our support after that killed thousands of its own people, to the tune of an estimated 200,000 people killed… all so that the United Fruit Company could make its profits. 

This is just a small example, but these are what constitute the greatest threats to world peace and the spread of the gospel and freedom in our time.  This loose association of the rich and powerful who have us in their pockets, believing in their plans and partaking of their spoils.    They have power over governments and have the militaries of the world at their disposal, including the greatest military the world has ever known, the USA armed forces. 

Hopefully, our glossing over this very important concept taught in the scriptures will not blind us to the great danger we are in.  Truly we need to awaken to a sense of the awfulness of our situation and rid ourselves of these abominations:  Ether 8:

  22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
  23 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.


1 Response to “Secret combinations of our day.”

  1. 1 CRC October 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Its been a while since I have visited you.

    Here is a recent post I wrote at my blog regarding secret combinations…

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