Social engineering schemes, which are at root born of psychological, sociological, economic, and political determinism, are at odds with how the Lord works with men. Taught Ezra Taft Benson:
The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature…
Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world.
Source: Ezra Taft Benson: Excerpts from his October 1985 General Conference address, “Born of God“; quoted also in Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, Chapter 5, Principles of True Repentance. Ezra Taft Benson served as thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1985-1994) and prior to that, as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1943-1985. He also served as Secretary of Agriculture for both terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency.
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