I preach principle and to that perfect standard. When you water stuff down to the lowest common denominator, the standard falls.
When you preach to the bar (and state that is is that bar, so people do NOT become discouraged when they regularly fail), then the people will eventually rise to it. Remember that it took Enoch several hundred years of preaching to the bar until the people finally rose completely to a terrestrial level of living. It is not an easy thing to do - it takes one mighty and strong to accomplish it.
Here is the quote - to which I think can be attributed to BY:
LOVE IS A GIVEN, and exists in the breast of both the wicked and the righteous. No one should take glory in the fact that he is high on love. Isaiah made reference to today’s Mormon majority who are high on love and low in philosophical understanding, calling them the “drunkards of Ephraim.” Do not the drunk tend to think purely on an emotional basis? The intellect is put to sleep, in a drunken state, while the emotions flourish and become the dominating influence of behavior. It’s a good description of today’s Mormon culture.
The idea that love is a VIRTUE is untrue – it is language. The virtue aspect of love resides in how it is GOVERNED. All emotion must be “bridled” as the scripture indicates: “Bridle thy passions.” Love itself must be bridled. It should be expressed only in the most careful and thoughtful way, so that it does not encourage the wicked in their wicked ways. The wrath of the Lord, and the indignation of the righteous, is every bit as important to communicate in its proper context, unto the wicked, as love.
Learn to be godly. Learn to speak God’s language. Do not seek glory unto yourself by any quest for popularity among men – for this is the motive behind the philosophy of “unconditional love”. If you take all scripture into consideration, and strive to make it all fit together, you will come to the same conclusion on this subject that I have just conveyed. You must learn to govern all your emotions, and not be governed BY them if you are to become worthy of a holy society, which Zion claims to be.
Holy beings do not feel the need to say, or to hear the words “I love you” from other holy beings. They understand that loving is like BREATHING. It’s a GIVEN. It doesn’t need to be talked about, much. Everybody does it. It’s the foundation of their existence, and they know it without preaching it. The more love is spoken of, at the public podium, the more it becomes corrupted. Too much talk of love causes a loving society to feel as if they have already achieved righteousness just for the loving! It establishes sick, codependency between friends, rather than building a godly, stable character in every man based upon a pure and undefiled KNOWLEDGE of the truth, and a habit of righteous behavior.
In every historical case, when love has become the dominating topic of man’s preaching, in Israel, the appointed judgments of the Lord have been discounted and discarded, resulting in the gradual acceptance of every sinful lifestyle as “just another personal choice” one might make, until NOTHING is regarded to be sin.
When I preach unto men, I do so based on the covenant, or the level of covenant, they are under. I hold them to their covenant. If I know of a higher level of covenant, I do not hold them to this until they have entered into it. We must learn to be wise in our preaching. If I preach to the church that is appointed to minister at the Gentile level, I strive not to inundate them with mysteries they know nothing about – yet, by having a personal KNOWLEDGE of those mysteries my course is set, and I know where I am striving to lead them. No man who is ignorant of the mysteries of godliness shall have his tongue loosed to preach by the power of the Holy Ghost; for it is a knowledge of them that provides him the full view and enables him to discern what is needed for the benefit of the people, at their current level of understanding and performance.