Matthew 5:48: The Take of the Leaders on this Important Topic

By Eric Johnson

Over the years, Matthew 5:48 (“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect”) has been cited numerous times by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to support whatever presupposition that they have. For some

While what Nelson says aligns with his church’s teachings on this subject, it almost seems contradicted in a talk he gave the previous day titled “We Can Do Better and Be Better” (Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2019, pp. 67-69). For instance, he made this curious statement: “The Lord does not expect perfection from us at this point in our eternal progression. But He does expect us to become increasingly pure.”

There have been a number of different takes on this issue