Essay: It takes courage for women to ask for the priesthood
This is a classic example of the blind leading the blind. There is no “priesthood” to be restored via Joseph Smith if Jesus was/is the resurrected Christ and if the Holy Bible is divine, correct and true (which it is). Women have just as much spiritual “right” to pray and bless their children in faith and love in times of distress and sickness than men – maybe more so. After all, there is nothing spiritually stronger than a righteous woman’s soul connection to her children, and therewith to Jesus Himself. She carried each of them for 9 months, and suffered pain and often torture to bring them into this world. Yet, in Mormonism, she has no “right” to “bless” them when they are sick or troubled? The idea is ludicrous and sexist to say the least.
Here’s the simple truth: THE BIBLE OUTRIGHT CONTRADICTS THE MORMON PRIESTHOOD CLAIMS AND PROVES THEM BOGUS!!!
Mormons use only the authorized King James Version of the Bible in their Missionary work and worship services. Joseph Smith’s “Inspired Version”, which copyright belongs to the Reorganized LDS church, contains many very substantive changes in doctrine to the King James text. The “Inspired Version” is intentionally shielded by the Utah Mormon church from public discussion and exposure, though it is used selectively at times in their teachings. The Mormon church prints and widely uses its very own King James Version containing special Mormon study guides, reference sections, and the official LDS church name and corporate logo of course.
Reading in my official Mormon King James Missionary Bible, 1976 edition, in the Book of Hebrews, concerning the resurrected Lord and the Priesthoods, I find that it clearly says Jesus is NOW AND FOREVER the sole and only holder of the “Melchizedek” Priesthood, and furthermore that the Aaronic Priesthood has been forever abolished. The Book of Hebrews states, “But this man (Jesus), because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.” (Hebrews 7:24 KJV) The LDS KJV Bible footnote for ‘unchangeable’ correctly states: “or, which passeth not from one to another.” The original Greek word, aparabatos, in the original “Textus Receptus” of the text means “perpetually non-transferable” or “untransferable forever.” What part of Hebrews 7:24 didn’t Joseph Smith understand? Peter, James, and John simply had no “authority” to pass any “priesthood” of Christ on, that is, unless Jesus Christ is DEAD and cannot function as our “High Priest” any longer!! The diabolical truth is that since Joseph Smith declared The Bible is only true “as far as it is translated correctly”, and since Smith’s “channeled via a darkened hat” Book of Mormon says the Bible is full of errors and omission, Thus, Mormons are given a license to ignore what they don’t like, and only focus on the parts that fit Smith’s “other gospel” as opposed to Christs.
Please read Hebrews chapters 7 and 8 to understand how completely defiant of God’s word the Mormon Priesthoods really are. You see, the writer of Hebrews was himself a Hebrew, addressing certain Hebrews who were reverting back to the trap of the Pharisees – claiming exclusive “priesthood authority”. It would appear that Mormons have fallen into the same satanic TRAP!
Key Verses for the honest Mormon to ponder as found in Hebrews: Hebrews 1:1-2: ” God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” Clearly, we don’t need any “Prophet, Seer, and Revelator” – we only need Jesus Christ and the True Comforter to lead us into all Truth. Those who claim otherwise simply don’t know the Savior and His Gospel.
Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation–“
Hebrews 4:14-16: ” Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 12:1-2: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Christ is indeed the “Alpha and Omega” – the beginning and the end – the AUTHOR AND FINISHER of our faith! Notice that the writer of Hebrews did not exhort the people to “look unto” a living “prophet” or head “apostle” but only unto the RESURRECTED AND LIVING CHRIST! Hello, good Mormon women. Hello – anybody at home upstairs??
Brief Summation: Perhaps nowhere in the New Testament does the practices of the Old Testament come into focus more than in the Book of Hebrews, which has as its foundation the Old Testament Levitical priesthood. The writer to the Hebrews constantly compares the inadequacies of the Old Testament sacrificial system to the perfection and completion in Christ. Where the Old Covenant required continual sacrifices and a once-a-year atonement for sin offered by a human priest, the New Covenant provides a once-for-all sacrifice through Christ (Hebrews 10:10) and direct access to the throne of God for all who are in Him.
The noted theologian Matthew Henry explains it this way:”There is a remarkable change in the number of the priests under these different orders. In that of Aaron there was a multitude of priests, of high priests, not at once, but successively; but in this of Christ there is but one and the same. The reason is plain, The Levitical priests were many, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death. Their office, how high and honourable soever, could not secure them from dying; and, as one died, another must succeed, and after a while must give place to a third, till the number had become very great. But this Christ, our high priest continues for ever, and his priesthood is aparabaton—an unchangeable one, that does not pass from one to another, as the former did; it is always in the same hand – His and His alone. There can be no vacancy in this priesthood, no hour nor moment in which the people are without a priest to negotiate their spiritual concerns in heaven. Such a vacancy might be very dangerous and prejudicial to them; but this is their safety and happiness, that this ever-living high priest is able to save to the utmost—in all times, in all cases, in every juncture—all who come to God by him!
That, in a very concise nutshell, is the GOOD NEWS (Gospel) of Jesus the Christ.
So – to all the “righteous” BYU Co-eds out there who feel so unjustly treated because they can’t pass the sacrament on Sundays, I submit it takes even more courage to abandon your false and damning Mormon teachings, and come to the light of Truth in Christ Jesus alone. It takes even more courage to risk being expelled from BYU as a dangerous “apostate” and the potential loss of family and friends. It’s one thing to politely ask that women be ordained into the “priesthood” – but an entirely different matter to declare the Prophet (Emperor) is indeed wearing no clothes.