We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mormonism’s Priesthood Fraud

The LDS church claims that on 15 May 1829, John the Baptist conferred the Aaronic Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Section 13 of D&C is cited as evidence, but this section was not in the original Book of Commandments.

They claim the Melchizedek Priesthood was organized by Peter, James and John, but no date is given. It is absent from the original Book Of Commandments. Joseph Smith said, concerning a conference in 1831, "...the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood was manifested and conferred for the first time upon several of the elders." This is in History of the Church, Vol. 1, pp. 175-176

Supposedly the Melchizedek priesthood was bestowed on Smith and Cowdery by the apostles Peter, James and John. Mormons say that you must hold the Aaronic priesthood before you can hold the Melchizedek priesthood, yet the three cited apostles were definitely never Levitical priests! And we know Melchizedek didn't hold the Levitical priesthood!

Christian response:

The O.T. clearly says that only direct descendants of the tribe of Levi can hold the priesthood (Ex. 28:1, Num. 18:1-7, Lev. 6:19-23, Nehemiah 7:61-65). Most Mormons, including Joseph Smith, claim to be from the house of Ephraim. Ephraim had no right to the priesthood, which would mean most LDS men would be cursed if they tried to usurp the priesthood (Num. 16:1-3, 21 and 1 Kings 13:33-34). Additionally, to be ordained as a Levitical priest, there were certain rituals required that LDS does not perform (Ex. 29:4-27). The need for a Levitical priest was done away with when the temple veil was rent at Jesus' crucifixion.

The Melchizedek priesthood was a priesthood of ONE. It existed before the law was given (Gen.14:18) and after the law ended (Heb.7:11-17). Jesus became that one high priest that presented the final sacrifice, negating the need for further temple priests. At any rate, no where in scripture do dead priests come back to confer the priesthood on another.

As I noted in my article on Melchizedek (http://tinyurl.com/melchizedek), The law of Moses and the priesthood went together. All the people without exception were sinners, subject to the law's condemnation, and were thus in need of a priestly system to mediate between them and God. The Aaronic priesthood was imperfect, but the Melchizedek priesthood was perfect (as implied in Hebrews 7). The announcement of the coming one who would be a priest forever (Ps.110:4) was written midway in the history of the Levitical priest-hood, which could only mean that the existing system was to give way to something better. Jesus came from the non-priestly tribe of Judah, but became a priest forever in the Melchizedek order. There is no indication in the scripture that any other person held this high priesthood.

The Mormon priesthood is a fraud.


Celtic Traveler said...

Hi, I'm Mormon and I'm afraid you're confused.

Christian in anyone who believes in Christ. We do. We believe in God the Eternal Father, in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

The preisthood is real. And we do have it today. The Book of Mormon is true.

Why would God quit speaking to his children?

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

God Bless

-Celtic Traveler

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Celtic Traveler,

Firstly, I am an ex-Mormon. I left the LDS in 1972, and have studied the LDS since that time. My reference sources are all the LDS publication, all the standard works, etc.

A Christian is one who believes in the Christ of the Bible, not a Christ of their own making. The LDS Jesus is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. Call a dandelion a rose if you will, but it is still a dandelion nevertheless.

I demonstrated conclusively from Scripture that there is no priesthood today as the LDS teaches. God speaks to his children through Scripture.

I have no questions about the LDS.

Anonymous said...

Celtic Traveler asks a question that many ask:
"Why would God stop speaking to his children?"

The New Testament book of Hebrews tells us this:
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
(Hebrews 1:1-2)

God has "stopped speaking" to us because He sent His greatest witness in Jesus Christ. There is no one in heaven or on earth that could possibly follow Jesus! Jesus is greater than all; He alone is the Son of God, He is the Heir of all things. No one else, mohammed, joseph smith, etal could possibly tell us anything that we need to know to have salvation in Christ. All of Jesus' works and teachings that we need to know are in our Bible.

God does still speak in that He has given us His scriptures and it is in those that we hear the Lord. Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice and follow Him. They will never follow the voice of a stranger. See John chapter 10.