Who Has The Authority To Interpret LDS Doctrine?
"Doctrinal interpretation is the providence of The First Presidency. The Lord has given that stewardship to them by revelation. No teacher has the right to interpret doctrine for the members of the Church." Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of the Prophets
I can't even begin to tell you how strongly I personally feel, about the comments that are made in this video (below) in regards to WHO has the right, and authority to interpret Mormon Doctrine!
As a former Seminary teacher, who loves loves her library of commentaries, by many respectable and credible LDS Church Scholars, I firmly believe that our Prophets are THE final word, when it comes to interpreting scripture.
This may not seem like it would be a controversial topic among members of the Church. It should be a no brainer, right? Unfortunately, it is not. More and more conversations about LDS doctrine, and WHO can interpreted it, are being scrutinized. In my opinion, LDS scholars are being given far too much weight, in this area.
I have a deep love for studying the doctrines of the Church. My personal library will attest to this fact. I am a lover of truth! I can also get into some pretty deep doctrinal conversations, on occasion. In fact, I even love to speculate about some of our doctrines. It can really be fun. Better than going to Disneyland!
However, there is a line that cannot be crossed when it comes to what we embrace and teach in regard to "What is LDS Doctrine"? From the perspective of a teacher, the doctrines of the Church, as explained and interpreted by our prophets, must be kept intact and honored.
My pet peeve, worst excuse about WHO we should or should not look to for correct interpretation of Mormon doctrine, has to be - hands down - when the issue of whether a certain prophet being dead or alive, enters the conversation! Ugh!
Note: Please don't leave comments about the "man on the moon", and those of the like. I am talking about common sense doctrines, where the Spirit will readily confirm the teachings of our prophets. I've had too many of those type conversations in my past life, online:-)
FYI: This guy is NOT a Mormon.