Denver Snuffer is a friend of mind, and I love him. I haven’t chosen to read his latest book yet, so I don’t have an opinion to offer you on it.
But, we have spent a few hours discussing the subject of criticism of the Brethren and the Church, whether the criticism is true or not. Simply stated, he and I do not agree on this subject. I do not criticize the Church simply because it isn’t my calling. I don’t fault the Brethren because it doesn’t change anything. I wouldn’t publish something outlining whatever flaws I might detect merely because I most assuredly do not see the candle as extinguished.
Whatever flaws exist are irrelevant in my opinion. They are irrelevant because I personally have enjoyed a full measure of blessings the gospel promises, without being limited by whatever flaws exist – and frankly, it seems, so has Denver.
It doesn’t require a microscope to detect the mortal condition. It doesn’t even require 20/20 vision. But, when my heart burns, and the Sprit flares, and the heavens open – all in fulfillment of ordinances, convenants and priesthood from this Church, I say, can it actually be broken, and yet still bind the heavens to fulfill its ordinances?
Especially as the end comes, and the cleansings begin, and Zion takes its first breaths, all of these flaws will be burned away. This is the very reason the latter-day tribulations begin in the Lord’s house — to set everything right, lift the condemnation spoken of in scripture, and prepare it for its greatest voyage. The Lord has His hand upon the tiller of the Church, and it is His place to correct it. Nothing I or Denver says will steady the ark. In my opinion such things can only sow discontent and challenge testimonies and darken faith. He apparently sees his mission differently, which is just marvelous. Some must push, and some must pull.
Honestly, if the Lord came to me and told me to take a different tack — I surely would. But, He has not, so I bow my head and wait, and I support and love and honor those who man the oars, sails and bilges of the latter-day work. But, my calling is to stand on the bow and shout encouragement, not to fret about the depth of the water beneath the keel.
I also candidly give to Denver the benefit of any doubt that he may truly be called to say things that I am not. When I speak with him I feel the Spirit, I feel his goodness and his faith, and believe that he has seen what he claims. But for me and my house, we will stand in our Holy Places, and wait.