Church has the right to lift warning voice about moral issues

"The phrase free agency' does not appear in scripture," said Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve at the April 1992 general conference. "The only agency spoken of there is moral agency,which,' the Lord said, `I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.' (D&C 101:78; italics added.)

"And the Lord warned members of His Church, Let not that which I have appointed be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name: For this is a very sore and grievous sin against me, and against my people.' (D&C 101:97-98; italics added.)"Because the laws of man, by and large, do not raise moral issues, we are taught to honor, sustain, and obey the law (see Articles of Faith 1:12) and thathe that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land.' (D&C 58:21.)

"When a moral issue does arise, it is the responsibility of the leaders of the Church to speak out. Gambling, for instance, certainly is a moral issue. Life is a moral issue. When morality is involved, we have both the right and the obligation to raise a warning voice. We do not as a church speak on political issues unless morality is involved. In thirty years and thousands of interviews, I have never once asked members of the Church what political party they belonged to."

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