25 And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.
26 Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet, and that he is a sinner, and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.
27 But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk after the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your heart desireth–and if a man shall come among you and say this, ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet.
We are quick to cast judgment on the people of the Old Testament, New Testament or Book of Mormon who rejected the Prophets and cast them out. We are quick to say that had we lived in the Savior’s day we would have quickly been his disciples.
But how quick are we to hearken to the words of living prophets when they preach discomforting doctrines. When following the Prophet requires us to change our beliefs or to do something difficult, how do we respond. If we reject the hard teachings of our day, then we are truly no better than those who rejected Christ or other Prophets.
Permissiveness is not the Lord’s way. We should not expect that true Prophets will preach a doctrine of free love or uninhibited freedom. That is not the Lord’s way. He teaches restraint in the face of worldly pleasure.