There were several complaints about the false doctrine thread — about how I was slighting folk doctrines. I’ll be back to the false doctrine series soon, but thought I would take a moment out and discuss a folk doctrine or two.
“Tell her to obey me because I have the priesthood.” There is a folk doctrine in the church that wives have to obey their husbands because the guys have the priesthood. It got so prevalent that a general authority was called upon to give an address and the Church made it available on tape, as part of a series.
The talk is great. Along with “Father, are you there” and other classics, I used to listen to it in my car while driving. The man was told “no, you don’t” and after some back and forth was introduced to D&C 121, the concept of unrighteous dominion and that any time he used that argument the heavens were grieved, withdrew themselves and he had no priesthood at all.
The authority of the priesthood in a marriage is the call to act by persuasiveness, gentleness, kindness and love unfeigned. The only time you can command or reprove is when the Holy Ghost specifically directs and is involved.
Which is the scriptural answer to the folk doctrine, which appears to be alive and well, given all the angst that comes up over it from time to time in the bloggernacle.
What other folk doctrines do you seem that no one seems able to stop from spreading?