(was a comment to another post on Keepapitchinin, and I thought I’d post it here as well)
Try as they might, the people at Church correlation will never satisfy the spiritual appetites of its members by feeding them only stale bread and tepid water.
I’ve heard this kind of reasoning as the “milk before meat” argument, being that if you give a child only milk, it will get malnourished and die. Some think that the conference talks are always about the same things, that we’ve not had new doctrine in over 100 years, and that every “revelation” in the last 150 years has been due to political pressures.
To me, this is like someone demanding to know how to travel to the moon while in practice they occasionally (or often) add 3 and 3 and get 5. If someone tries to correct us, we only complain that we’re hearing the same we’ve heard before.
If we, as a people, did better at the things we are being taught in our meetings and conferences, there would be floods of new things revealed, much of which would likely challenge things we have reasoned out on our own.
That is the reason that personal revelation is so important, as well as why we are counselled to keep revelations, dreams, angelic ministrations, very personal or only shared with a few close friends or family; we are each taught by the Spirit at the level we can handle. You can’t conclude that if you haven’t been taught what you believe others have been given means that you are not worthy or what others have learned are not true. Intelligence is not building a tower, it is building a mountain. If we get a teaspoon or a truck full of knowledge, it may not be the same part given to someone else.
The best discussions about doctrines, including underground/alternative docrines are those that open you up to think more about what you believe, and ultimately open you up to be taught by the Spirit, who is the best teacher of all.