Are you an Aaronic priest? Possibly you are a Latter- day Saint who believes the priesthood was restored by Joseph Smith in 1829 and that you have been ordained as an Aaronic priest. Possibly you believe that Hebrews 5:4 applies to you: “And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” You may believe that you have been called, even as Aaron was, and that you hold the authority of God in the Aaronic priesthood.
If the above describes what you believe about yourself, this test is for you. You claim to have been called as Aaron was. If so, then you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, as they are based directly on what the Bible says about the calling of Aaron:
l) Did the ceremony by which you were called last seven days? (Exodus 29:35)
2) Were you washed with water and then dressed in priestly garments, including a breastplate, ephod, robe and coat? (Exodus 28:2-4, 29:4-5)
3) Did you lay your hands upon a bullock, which was then killed? (Exodus 29:10-11)
4) Did you lay your hands upon the head of a ram, which was then killed and offered as a burnt offering? (Exodus 29:15-18)
5) Did you lay your hands upon a second ram, which was then killed, and some of the blood was then put on your right ear, and the thumb of your right hand? (Exodus 29:19-21)
6) Did these sacrifices continue daily during the entire seven days? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” then you were not called “even as Aaron was.”*
The Bible likewise lays out some of the qualifications of the Aaronic priest. The most important is that he had to be of the tribe of Levi, the family of Aaron. Anyone not of the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron had, and has, no right to claim to be an Aaronic priest.
One man who forgot who could and who could not be an Aaronic priest was King Uzzah of Judah (2 Chron. 26:1-3, 16-21). The Bible records that Uzzah went into the Temple to offer incense on the altar, which is the work of an Aaronic priest. God takes such things seriously. When Uzzah refused to leave, God struck him with leprosy “until the days of his death,” and he was “cut off from the house of the LORD.” Uzzah was not of the tribe of Levi, the family of Aaron, and God punished him for meddling with the priesthood.
But Uzzah was lucky. Someone else tried to become a priest like Aaron, and they got it a whole lot worse than Uzzah. In Numbers 16:1-40 we read of the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. These men were of the right tribe (Levi), but of the wrong family (they were not the sons of Aaron). But they said everyone was “holy,” and rebelled against Moses. God decided to give the people quite an object lesson at this point “To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company” (Numbers 16:40). What did God do? Quite simply, He caused the ground to open up and swallow Korah, his followers, and everything he owned-they all went alive into the depths of the earth. In other words, God killed them, and that with a flourish. Korah was toast.
So here’s the real test: are you of the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron? If you are not, you are in the very same situation as Korah and his followers: tampering with something God has said is holy. No matter what else you’ve been told, God’s Word says you are not an Aaronic priest. And as Korah found out, God takes such things rather seriously.
The LDS Church has misled millions into taking to themselves something that is not theirs. In point of fact, the Bible teaches that the Aaronic priesthood has passed away,* the Melchizedek priesthood is Christ’s alone (Hebrews 7:24-25), and that all believers, young and old, male or female, are believer-priests before God (1 Peter 2:9-10).
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*Now some might object that the book of Hebrews says there has been a “change” in the priesthood (Hebrews 7:12), and that these elements of the ordination of the priests are no longer valid. The problem is, however, that Hebrews 7 teaches that the Aaronic priesthood has been done away with, not just the ordination rites changed. In fact, since the Aaronic priesthood’s main function was to engage in the service of the altar, and since Christ’s sacrifice ended the sacrificial system. The Aaronic priesthood no longer exists.Tags: E-Tract mormonism