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A Test for the Aaronic Priest

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).

If you would like to learn more about the truth taught in the Bible that is not taught by Mormonism, please contact us.

*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.

Temples Made With Hands

Many of the world’s religions focus their worship upon a temple, or temples. Often the deity that is worshipped is said to be physically present in the temple, while at other times the deity, though dwelling somewhere else, visits with the people at the temple.

Under the Old Covenant , the one true God of Israel, Jehovah, allowed His people to build a single temple, located in Jerusalem. The first temple was built by Solomon, and was destroyed in 586 B.C. by the invading Babylonians. The second temple was built by Zerubbabel, and was expanded greatly by Herod in the years prior to Christ’s ministry. This temple was destroyed by Titus and the Roman legions in A.D. 70. Never did God allow His people to build multiple temples such as those of the pagan religions that surrounded Israel.

Further, the temple in Israel had one primary function: the worship of God through the offering of sacrifices. There were no secret ceremonies, no endowments, so sealings in the temple in Jerusalem. The highest act of worship took place on the day of Atonement, when the one high priest* offered the sacrifice for the sins of the people. The high Priest would, on that day, go through the veil into the Holy of Holies, and there offer the blood of the sacrifice before God.

All of the actions of the priests in the temple, including the one high priest , were mer shadows of the reality that God provided in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament makes it very plain that the Old Covenant, including its temple ritual and its priesthood, pointed away from itself to a greater reality in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:1).

The early Christians did not seek to build a temple in Jerusalem, or anywhere else, for that matter. Christians have never built temples. Why? The reasons are to be found in Scripture.

1) Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, including both the priesthood, as well as the function of the temple in Jerusalem. When Jesus Christ died, the veil, through which the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies once a year, was torn from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51). The way was opened, forever, for the people of God to approach the throne of grace, not through a mediating priesthood, as in the Old Covenant, but through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Heb. 9:6-15, 10: 19-22). Since it was the function of the priesthood to offer sacrifices and since there is no more sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:18), the priesthood has been fulfilled in Christ. Since it was the main function of the temple to be the place where these sacrifices were offered, its role in God’s plan, too, has been fulfilled. This is why Christians have no “enduring city,” and are able to continually offer sacrifices, not of blood for the covering of sin, but of praise, through the confession of the name of Christ (Heb. 13:13-14).

2) The “temple” of the Christian Church is the body of believers, both collectively and individually. The Bible says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 6:19). The body of believers is God’s temple, indwelt by His Spirit, just as the body of the individual believer is the temple of God. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1Cor. 6:19).Christians do not seek to build temples made by hands, because they have temples made by His Spirit, just as the Lord Jesus had promised (John 14:23).

In the Old Testament God spoke of His Name being in the temple (1Kings 8:29, etc.) Today, God’s people offer the sacrifice of praise to God, “Giving thanks to his name,” (Heb. 13:15) not in a temple made with hands, but in the living body of Christ, the Church.

Do not be led astray by those who would direct you back to the old ways. God will not be worshipped in ways that are contrary to his revealed truth. Christians worship God in all places, not in temples made with hands. Rather than engaging in rituals, or endowments, that supposedly bestow authority or power, Christians worship God in spirit, and in truth (John 4:21-24).

 

*There was only one high Priest at a time under the law, and only one High Priest today, Jesus Christ. Heb. 7:24-8:6

Why Do You Do This?

Below we provide the text of a tract we distribute to those who ask us, “Why do you do this?” while we are passing out tracts and witnessing to people in Salt Lake City, Mesa, Arizona, or other places.

You have asked why I would be taking my time to share God’s truth with you. Many people do not understand what would motivate me to pass out tracts and share with those who already clam a religious, and in fact, specifically Christian, faith. Let me explain.

1) My motivation is love; first and foremost for God, and because of this, for those I honestly believe to be in need of God’s truth. I believe God is glorified when His truth is proclaimed, and since I love Him, I do desire to see Him glorified. As the Scripture says, ” Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31)

2) I honestly believe that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are false; so much so that to believe in those teachings is to deny God’s truth, and to reject the Gospel. This is not merely my “feeling,” but is the result of comparing Mormon teachings with the clear truths of the Bible. You may disagree with my conclusion, but the important thing to remember is that I honestly believe Mormonism to be a false system that cannot give true salvation to anyone.

3) I believe that if you care for someone, you will seek what is best for them. If I see someone in physical danger, I must seek to help them, In the same way, if I see someone in spiritual danger I must warn them and try to be of assistance to them. And so it is with Mormon people. I believe that the Latter-day Saints have been deceived, and are in grave spiritual danger.

If I love the LDS people, how can I sit by in silence? I must warn them of the dangers of following the teachings of false prophets such as Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. I must warn them that Mormonism preaches a false God, a false Christ and a false Gospel.

I realize that many people will reject my message and my offer to help though my proclamation and discussion of the truth of God. I realize that many people will be angry with me for even trying! But again, if I care I will put up with the insults and the anger, for my Lord put up with far more because of His love for me.

So I ask you to hear me out as one who cares for you. I am here because “the love of Christ compels me” to share with you (2Cor. 5:14). And if my words are not enough, will you heed some wise counsel from one of your own leaders, Brigham Young? He said, “I say to the whole world, receive truth, no matter who presents it to you. Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test.” 

No Man Is Able

The Lord Jesus spoke the following words to the crowds in the synagogue in Capernaum:

“No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44* ).

A little later He repeated this truth in slightly different terms:

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father” (John 6:65).

Many are bothered by these sayings, for they speak of man’s inability. There is no way around the Lord’s words: “No one can come to Me unless…” Men prefer to think of themselves as capable of almost anything. Even in the matter of salvation, men wish to view themselves as partners with God, making the final decisions as to whether they will, or will not, be saved. God’s will is rarely considered. Most of mankind’s religions have some concept of sin. But none recognize the true situation of man outside of the Christian faith. Sadly, so offensive is the truth about man’s fall into sin, that many even of those who call themselves Christians will not own the Bible’s own hard words concerning the topic. Consider some of these passages:

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5).

And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done (Genesis 8:21).

The problem with man goes to his very heart, his innermost being. The thoughts and intents of his heart are evil continually, and that from his youth. As the wisdom writer said,

Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil, and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives (Ecclesiastes 9:3).

The prophet Jeremiah had a keen insight into the heart of man. He recorded the words of the LORD:

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”(Jeremiah 17:9).

Man’s heart is “desperately sick.” It is able to deceive those who trust in it and the feelings it produces. Jeremiah also recognized that sinful man is not able to change his own situation by his own efforts:

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots! Then you also can do good who are accustomed to doing evil” (Jeremiah 13:23).

Men incapable of doing good? Surely this only applies to the most evil of men! No, the Scriptures lay this charge at the feet of all men:

Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”? (Proverbs 20:9).

Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

While men tend to try to “see the best” in their situation, the Bible is brutally honest:

As it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one: There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving,” “the poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”; “Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths, And the path of peace have they not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)

Are there none who can claim an excuse? None who can avoid God’s charge? The Bible answers these questions:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

These passages are not saying that men always, in every situation, do the worst possible thing that they can do. No one is asserting that every person is an axe-wielding murderer. Instead, the Bible teaches that man is not capable of doing that which is pleasing to God. Even man’s good works, as judged by men, are tainted with sins such as pride and selfishness, so that they are not “good” by God’s standards. Note the words of Isaiah:

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (Isaiah 64:6).

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:5-6).

The Lord Jesus described man’s situation as one of slavery to sin:

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34).

So serious is man’s plight, that the Bible describes it with the strongest possible term: death. Man is dead in sin.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Ephesians 2:1-3).

And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh…(Colossians 2:13).

Slaves to sin. Dead in trespasses and sin. Incapable of pleasing God. Incapable of saving themselves. Under the wrath of God (John 3:36, Romans 1:18). It is a bleak picture. Most simply laugh it off. Others say it can’t possibly be true. “How can we ever be saved if, in fact, we are dead in sin, incapable of making even the first move toward God?”

Such would be a very good objection against every religion made up by man. Since man’s religions require works on the part of man, of whatever kind, the Bible’s teaching about mans inability would certainly come into direct conflict with those systems of religion. Even many “Christian” churches today refuse to speak plainly of man’s condition as clearly revealed in the Bible, for they, too, have desired to allow man to be the master of his salvation, the final arbiter of his destiny.

But Christianity gladly embraces the fact that men are dead in sin, for it is only when one realizes that man is utterly incapable of saving himself that the glory of the grace of God can be fully seen. God is the only one who can save, and save He does! Above we quoted Ephesians 2:1-3, which speaks of man’s deadness in sin. But look at verses 4 through 9:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

It is God who moves, God who initiates the work of salvation. He raises dead men to spiritual life, and that on the basis of His mercy and grace, not upon the basis of the works of men. This is the good news of Jesus Christ! To those who trust in Him, these words bring life:

And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross (Colossians 2:13-14).

My friend, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of sinners, but ONLY of sinners. Those who will not confess themselves sinners, lost, incapable of saving themselves, dead and undone, will find Jesus Christ to be their Judge, not their Savior. You cannot add to the work Jesus Christ did on Calvary to bring about the salvation of God’s people. You cannot insist upon “your part” in salvation. Christians are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10). They are the creations of God, not of themselves.

Those who are truly broken find peace in the all-powerful Redeemer. Those who really see themselves as sinners in God’s sight find mercy at the Cross. Those who think themselves good enough, or worthy enough, to “merit” something from God have yet to be redeemed. Have you cried out to God for mercy? Have you seen yourself in the grave of spiritual death, incapable of saving yourself? If not, it is my prayer that God will be merciful to you, and grant to you spiritual life, faith, and repentance, so that you may truly understand the words of Paul when he said,

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:30-31).

*All quotations from the New American Standard Bible

What is Your Authority?

The following was first published around 1991 in tract form.

An examination of the Mormon Priesthoods in the light of God’s Word, the Bible.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims to be the only true church on earth today.1 They also claim to hold the only true priesthood authority.2 Supposedly the Aaronic priesthood was conferred on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on May 15, 1829, and then, sometime in June of the same year, Peter, James and John supposedly appeared and conferred the Melchizedek priesthood to them.3 When Christians attempt to confront the teachings of the LDS Church, the frequent response of the Mormon is “What is your authority?” Mormons truly believe that they have a special authority from God as presented by the priesthood. But, the question we must ask is this — does the Bible support these ideas? Does the Bible present a special priesthood authority as the Mormon Church claims? Let’s examine this idea.

The Aaronic Priesthood

The presentation of the Aaronic priesthood as found in the Bible demonstrates clearly that Aaronic priests were ordained to that position in quite a different way than LDS men are today.4 The duties of the Aaronic priests were also inconsistent with those of the priests of Mormonism.5 What is even more important for our purposes is the fact that the requirements for the Biblical Aaronic priests are very different from those of Mormon teaching. The priesthood of Aaron is reserved solely and eternally6 for the descendants of Aaron. Hence, the only ones who can hold the Aaronic priesthood, according to the Bible, are those who are the physical offspring of the tribe of Levi, the family of Aaron.7

When we look at LDS practice, however, we find that in the individual’s “Patriarchal blessing” he is told to what tribe he belongs. Normally, the tribe is that of Ephraim or Manasseh. We have never encountered any Mormon who claimed to be of the tribe of Levi, let alone the family of Aaron. Clearly the Mormon person must not be claiming to hold the same priesthood as spoken of in the Bible, as very few of the members of the LDS Church are Jewish in lineage!

The most telling objection to be raised to the entire idea of a modern, functioning Aaronic priesthood is the simple teaching of the New Testament that in the one-time sacrifice of Jesus Christ the entire sacrificial system, along with its priesthood duties, was fulfilled and completed. To go back to the old system is to undo the work of Jesus at Calvary! For example — the veil of the Temple in Jerusalem was torn in two from top to bottom when Christ died (Matthew 27:51). This veil had stood for the separating wall between God and man that was bridged but once a year by the one high priest8 when he offered the sacrifice of atonement for the people.9 Christ, however, offered the final sacrifice and in doing so opened the way permanently for all who would come to God by Him. Christ did not do away with the priesthood — rather he fulfilled it — its purpose was done, finished, completed.10 Since this is so, anyone today who wishes to revive the old ways of the Aaronic priesthood sadly misunderstands the work of Christ on the cross.11

The Melchizedek Priesthood

Much more important than the “Aaronic” priesthood in Mormon thought is the “Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God” or the “Melchizedek Priesthood.” This priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood, and is the grand head, and holds the highest authority which pertains to the priesthood… and is the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine, the plan of salvation and every important matter is revealed from heaven.”12 Obviously this supposed authority is very important to the LDS Church. But again, does the Bible support such a teaching?

Let us first examine the qualifications of the “Melchizedek” priest as given in the Bible. Hebrews 7:3 tells us that Melchizedek was “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life…” Only Melchizedek and Christ meet those quantifications,13 for this priesthood is unique — no one but Melchizedek and Christ has ever held it. Indeed, Hebrews 7:3 also makes clear that Melchizedek is only like the Son of God — he was not the pattern that Jesus followed but rather he was a “type” — the mere reflection of the full expression of the Son of God. This priesthood is also seen, on the basis of this passage, to be one that is not passed on from one to another 14 like the Aaronic priesthood was.

The work of the Melchizedek priest is seen in Hebrews 7:24-25, where the Bible says, “But this man (Jesus), because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore, he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” The priesthood Jesus holds is His “unchangeably” or “permanently.” Some translate it by the word “intransmissible”15 indicating that no one else can hold this priesthood. Though some would argue with the translation of the word, the fact is clear that the person holding this priesthood by right of eternal life is able to save completely those who come unto God by him — a claim that few Mormons would knowingly make. However, if the LDS Church is going to declare that it has this priesthood, it must face the fact that it is professing to have that which, according to the Bible, is the property of Jesus Christ alone.

A passage that is frequently cited in this discussion is Hebrews 5:6 which mentions the “order of Melchizedek.” The LDS Church teaches that this indicates that there was an “order” of priests after Melchizedek — that it is a priesthood that is passed on much like the Aaronic.16 The whole point of the discourse, however, is just the opposite — the priesthood of Jesus is superior to that of Aaron and one of the reasons is that it is not passed from one to another. It is not invested in men who will die, but is given only to the One who has died and lives on forever, the Lord Jesus Christ! To miss this point is to misunderstand the entire argument of Hebrews! It must also be pointed out that the word translated “order” means “of the same kind”17 or “nature, quality, manner, condition, appearance.”18 It does not refer to a lineage of priests, but rather to the kind of priest. It must again be stressed that Jesus’ priesthood is His uniquely and that no one can claim to hold what is His by right as the one great High Priest, the one Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Therefore, the LDS Church’s claim to hold this priesthood is without Biblical or historical basis,19 and far more importantly, it strikes at the very core of the work and office of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We do not pretend that these few points cover all there is to say on this subject — such a discussion would not be practical in this small space. We do feel, however, that the above information makes it very clear that the Mormon view of “authority” is separate from, and contradicted by, the Word of God.

An Important Decision

Given the Bible’s teaching about the “priesthood” as claimed by the LDS Church, the individual Mormon is left with a decision to make — will he follow the teachings of his church, or the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles as contained in the Bible? In making this decision, it is important for the Mormon to realize that the real Jesus Christ is vastly superior to the concept he or she has been taught. He is not simply one of the many offspring of a god who was once a man — He is the one true God of creation, who holds all things together by His power (Col. 1:15-17). His priesthood is far above anything that we humans can imagine, and His work cannot be imitated by men who claim religious “authority.” He does not dispense His power and authority through man-made channels, but rather He gives His real authority to each and every person who comes to Him by faith.20 There is no separate “class” of believers to whom some special priesthood is given — all believers in the true Jesus Christ are “kings and priests unto God” — not priests that stand before God for others as in the Old Testament — but priests unto God in that they have direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. This kind of authority is not “passed on” through religious ceremony, but is given by the Sovereign Holy Spirit at the time of conversion.

At this present time you may reject what we have said. Our plea to you would be that you would remember these words, for someday, when you need a true foundation — a solid basis in real truth, you will need to deal with what we have said. When you desire a full and vital personal relationship with the living God rather than the dry husks of formal religion, remember His truth as presented in His Word, the Bible. Turn your life over to the one true God of eternity. He offers you full salvation. Remember that Jesus is “able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”

 

Footnotes:
1. Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie page 670, The Seer by Orson Pratt, pg. 255.

2. Mormon Doctrine pgs. 136-137, D&C 107

3. D&C 27:8, 12. However, these verses were added to the original revelation (by Joseph Smith). Over 400 words have been added to or deleted from this “revelation” since it was originally given.

4. Exodus 29, Leviticus 8.

5. Leviticus chapters 4 through 10.

6. Numbers 16:40, 18:7

7. Exodus 28:1,29:9,44,40:15, Numbers 18:1-7, Nehemiah 7:61-65

8. Much could be said concerning the fact that there was only one high priest, not the many which can be found in Mormonism. Indeed, according to the book of Hebrews, we have today but one high priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone claiming to be a “high priest” is usurping Jesus’ position (Hebrews 7:26-28).

9. Leviticus 16, Hebrews 9:7

10. Hebrews 7:12 says that there has been a “change” in the Aaronic priesthood. The Greek term indicates that the Aaronic priesthood has been completed. As Dr. A. T. Robertson said in reference to this verse, “God’s choice of another kind of priesthood for his Son, left the Levitical line off to one side, forever discounted, passed by “the order of Aaron.”

11. Hebrews 9:10-28. We also must ask why Joseph Smith taught that during the millennial kingdom the Old Testament animal sacrifices would be reinstituted (see DHC 4:211, Mormon Doctrine pg. 666)? Doesn’t such a teaching, along with the LDS doctrine of blood atonement (see our tract on this subject) show how little is known of the Biblical doctrine of the atonement of Christ within Mormonism?
Also, should someone feel that John 15:16 refers to the “ordination” of the apostles and the granting to them of some special “authority,” we would like to point out that the word translated
“ordained” in 15:16 is simply a syn- onym for “chosen” that is translated in modern versions as “appointed.” It has no reference whatsoever to the idea of a special religious “ordination” of
priests.

12. Mormon Doctrine pg. 476.

13. Jesus being the eternal God – of course, since Mormonism believes God is a man and Jesus one of his many offspring, they would misunderstand the point made here. See our many other tracts for the Bible’s teaching concerning God and the eternal fact that He is not a man.

14. There were no “Melchizedek” priests between Genesis 14 and the coming of the Lord Jesus – Melchizedek did not “give” the priesthood to Jesus (or anyone else for that matter) – it was Jesus’ by right.

15. See, for example, Strong’s Concordance (“not passing away, intransferable, unchangeable”), J.H. Thayer’s Lexicon (“unchangeable, and therefore not liable to pass to a successor”) the Zondervan Interlinear (“intransmissible”) The Expositor’s Greek Testament (“…that the new priest is sole and perpetual occupant of the office, giving place to no successor”) and Dr. A.T. Robertson (“God placed Christ in this priesthood and no one else can step into it”).

16. This can be seen in the fact that the Mormon Church “passes on” its idea of the Melchizedek priesthood by the laying on of hands, etc.

17. The rendering of J.C. Ward as suggested by Dr. Leon Morris.

18. Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed. edited by Arndt, Gingrich and Danker (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979) pp. 803-804. See also W. E. Vine’s Expositor’s Dictionary of New Testament Words (Old Tappan New Jersey: Revell Company, 1966) p. 145.

19. There is really no historical basis for the supposed “restoration” of the priesthood, as mentioned briefly above. The sections in the Doctrine and Covenants (specifically section 27) have been edited to make it look as though this teaching was a part of the Mormon theology from the beginning when this is not so. David Whitmer rightly pointed these changes out in his book “An Address to All Believers in Christ” pages 56 and following. The evi dence for a visit in June of 1829 of Peter, James and John is slim to none.

20. As the Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power (Gr: eksousia meaning power, authority) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12). Note that we become the children of God — not that we have always been the children of God.