A HOUSE IN CONFUSION, Chapter 12 of Holy Priesthood Volume 5
Pages 168 to 181
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. (Ezek. 12:2)
Churches are composed of many personalities and nationalities. They are like a schoolhouse with many levels of intelligence and understanding. Thus, revelation to the church has to be very general, to apply to all members; whereas revelation to an individual is designed to fit the specific needs of the individual.
If you have ten people or a thousand in a group, the only possible level on which they can be “united” or in agreement is the level of the lowest of the lot and that isn’t exalting to anyone very high. (Patriarchal Order of Family Government, Harold W. Blackmore, 1974, p. 70)
Church leadership cannot rise much higher than the level of its members, nor does the level of church members rise above its leaders. Thus, sometimes church leadership impedes the advancement of individuals.
Since Church leaders can dispense only general information, individuals must rise above the general level of the church to achieve exaltation. All ten million Mormons are not going to walk through the celestial gate, so every Saint–using correct guideline–must reach as high as he can by himself. Most men, governments and even churches eventually fail