Exposing The Mormons (Part 3)
By: Brian A. Yeager
We’ve covered the fact that Mormonism admittedly teaches another Gospel. We’ve seen their weird doctrines of celestial marriage, baptism for the dead, their doctrine of how to become a god, etc. We have seen some weird stuff concerning Mormonism. Well, we’re not done. So, let’s get started with the Mormon apostles.
I Know Peter, Andrew, James, John, Paul, Matthew, Etc.; But Who Is Monson?
When men unauthorized to call upon the authority of Christ tried to cast out a demon, the demon said: “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye” (cf. Acts 19:13-17)? We must ask the same thing about the president of the Mormon Church. Thomas S. Monson is the current president of the Mormon Church (http://www.thomassmonson.org). The Mormon Church is headed by what is called the “First Presidency”. This group is made up of Henry B. Eyring, Thomas S. Monson, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf (http://www.mormonwiki.com/First_Presidency). Under the “First Presidency” is their “twelve apostles” (http://www.mormonwiki.com/Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles).
When we read the Scriptures we find that Jesus is the head of His body, the church (Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 5:22-24 and Colossians 1:18). You can search the Scriptures from cover to cover and you will only find the word “president” in one context that applied to Babylonian rulers (Daniel 6:2-4; 6-7). We therefore know the Lord did not establish His church to have a president presiding over her. When we read about the Apostles, they were eyewitnesses of the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:15-26 and Acts 9:1-18). Paul, through inspiration (I Corinthians 2:9-13, I Corinthians 14:37, Galatians 1:10-12, and II Timothy 3:16-17), said Christ was LAST SEEN with his eyes (I Corinthians 15:1-9). Simply put, Christ did not reveal Himself to a new person after the Apostle Paul. Therefore, there can be no apostles today. The Mormon apostles are frauds, fakes, liars, etc. (II Peter 2:1-3). Yet, that is not nearly as odd as their temple view.
The Mormon Temple Errors
If you were in San Diego you could see in person what is pictured
We’re back to the twilight zone as we found in our article last week. We understand that in the Old Testament there was one temple in Jerusalem, which was built by Solomon (I Chronicles 6:10). This was a worldly sanctuary and was intended to be temporary (Hebrews 9:1-25). Now, Christ is over His house, which is the church (Hebrews 3:2-6 and I Timothy 3:15). The temple of the Lord is not made with bricks today. Christians (I Corinthians 6:19), the church to be specific, are now the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16-17). The idea of going to a physical structure to have a celestial marriage, changing into special garments to enter that facility, etc., are doctrines that were created by the Mormons. They are false doctrines. Their temples are merely idols which all should flee from (I Corinthians 10:14). Do you think The Mormon view of their temples was a little crazy? Wait until you read about their ideas concerning their priesthood.
The Mormon Priesthood Doctrine
Christians understand that all of God’s children are priests (I Peter 2:5; 2:9). We offer up spiritual sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1-2 and Hebrews 13:15). The Mormons say: “There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic (D&C 107:1). The Melchizedek Priesthood, which is ‘after the Order of the Son of God’ (D&C 107:3), is the greater of these. It ‘holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in the church’ (D&C 107:8). It also holds ‘the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church’ (D&C 107:18). It is named after a great high priest who lived during the time of the prophet Abraham (see D&C 107:2–4; see also Alma 13:14–19). The offices of the Melchizedek Priesthood are Apostle, Seventy, patriarch, high priest, and elder. The President of the High Priesthood is the President of the Church (see D&C 107:64–66). Men in the Church must be worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holders in order to receive the temple endowment and be sealed to their families for eternity. They have the authority to administer to the sick and give special blessings to family members and others. With the authorization of presiding priesthood leaders, they can bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost and ordain other worthy men to offices in the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods. When a man receives the Melchizedek Priesthood, he enters into the oath and covenant of the priesthood. He covenants to be faithful, magnify his calling, ‘give diligent heed to the words of eternal life,’ and ‘live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.’ Those who keep this covenant will be sanctified by the Spirit and receive ‘all that [the] Father hath’. (See D&C 84:33–44.)” (click here for the source).
Another link on the Latter Day Saints website says: “Male members of the Church may begin their priesthood service when they reach the age of 12. They begin by holding the Aaronic Priesthood, and they later may qualify to have the Melchizedek Priesthood conferred on them. At different stages in their lives and as they prepare themselves to receive different responsibilities, they hold different offices in the priesthood, such as deacon, teacher, or priest in the Aaronic Priesthood and elder or high priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood” (click here for the source).
There is so much to respond to in these quotes that I will no doubt not cover it all. Let’s begin by noticing that all of the references for their view of the priesthood come from their books rather than the word of God. They cannot speak as the oracles of God on this matter (cf. I Peter 4:11), for the word of God says nothing like they have above. For one, only the real Apostles could lay hands on someone to give the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:12-24). An Apostle could not pass that ability onto someone else as the Mormons claim above. Secondly, miracles have ended now that the word of God has been fully revealed (I Corinthians 13:8-13 and II Timothy 3:15-17). We keep seeing their admissions that men run their church. It is what those in the Mormon Presidency say that governs the thoughts of their people. Such should not be the case (Matthew 28:18-20 and I Corinthians 4:6).
Are you wondering how a twelve year old can begin as a priest by holding the “Aaronic Priesthood” when they are not direct descendents of Aaron (Exodus 28:1; 28:41)? You would never guess how the Mormons answer this. Notice: “As the Prophet Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, he found mention of baptism for the remission of sins. On May 15, 1829, he and his scribe Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to inquire of the Lord concerning baptism. As they prayed, ‘a messenger from heaven descended in a cloud of light.’ This messenger was John the Baptist, the prophet who had baptized Jesus Christ centuries earlier. John the Baptist, now a resurrected being, laid his hands on Joseph and on Oliver and conferred upon each of them the Aaronic Priesthood, which had been taken from the earth during the Great Apostasy. With this authority, Joseph and Oliver were able to baptize one another” (click here for the source).
Are you amazed? I have to admit, I couldn’t have made up something so far fetched. My imagination just won’t stretch that far. John the Baptist came preparing the way for Christ (Matthew 3:1-11 and Mark 1:1-4). John’s teaching about his role denies the lie above (John 3:25-35). Listen, it is Jesus that is our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-15). As noted above, all Christians are priests (Revelation 1:5-6). The priesthood of Aaron has been completely done away with (Hebrews 7:1-24). The Levitical priesthood is not a stepping-stone to another priesthood.
Again, we are ending with much more that could be said. We will talk next week about Adam, the Lord’s Supper, and a thing or two more before we conclude our series on Mormonism.
Volume 10 – Issue 11 - December 6th, 2009