Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mormon Negro


by Dale Brown

Prior to June 9, 1978 when Mormon president Spencer W. Kimball had a revelation that granted blacks the priesthood, they had a serious problem in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unless you were of the chosen race "white and delightsome" like it’s founders, you were considered "loathsome" and cursed with "a skin of blackness"(1 Nephi 12:23). In fact the Book of Mormon teaches "cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing"(2 Nephi 5:21-23). Mormon scripture claims that the virgin Mary was "exceedingly fair and white" (1 Nephi 11:13).

The church was founded during a time of much civil unrest in America. The debates over black slaves ultimately led to the war between the northern and southern states. There was much bigotry, some of which spilled over into the religious arena. The Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, the early literature and statements of the prophet Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, is riddled with racial bigotry.
Though the church has gone to great lengths to put on a new face and to do the politically right thing, it was nevertheless founded on principles that no prophet of God would stand for. Apostle Paul wrote that God is not a respecter of persons, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise" (Gal. 3:28&29). Philip had no problem with baptizing an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-38).


The LDS church teaches that blacks are from the cursed seed of Cain, yet there is no Biblical reference to Cain’s skin becoming black. Brigham Young continued with the bigotry after Smith’s death, "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot, this will always be so" (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 10, p. 110). It comes as a surprise that the Bible records Moses marrying an Ethiopian woman (Num. 12:1). In fact, Miriam became leprous as a result of criticizing that union. This curse is said to have been passed down through Ham to the Canaanites and then to Pharaoh disqualifying him from the Priesthood (Pearl of Great Price) It is for this reason that blacks were not allowed into the priesthood until the 1978 revelation.


"And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people"(2 Nephi 30:6, 3 Nephi 2:15).
It is clear from the Bible that all believers are part of a royal priesthood regardless of their skin color.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9, Rev. 1:6).
The Mormon priesthood, both Aaronic and Melchizedek, are perversions of Old Testament offices that dealt with animal sacrifice. You will find no sacrificial altar in a modern Mormon temple. With Jesus being both our high priest and the lamb of God we have no need of temples nor further sacrifice. As Christians, our service consists of merely the sacrifice of our lips and offering of ourselves to him. Our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit bought by His blood.


Of the three extra-biblical books the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) call scripture the Pearl of Great Price is one of the most controversial.
It all started in 1835 at Kirtland, Ohio when Michael H. Chandler, an Irish immigrant, traveling with a wagonload of Egyptian mummies and artifacts sold a papyri (ancient paper made from reeds) to the budding church. Though prophet Joseph Smith had no knowledge of Egyptian hieroglyphics he soon came up with what his followers have come to believe to be a true translation of the material. Part of the Pearl is taken from three facsimiles of the papyri claiming to be Abraham’s own story while he was in Egypt written by his own hand. Unbeknown to Smith and most others during that time was the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, in Egypt, with it’s trilingual inscription, which soon became the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian language. While the LDS church was making the "new revelation" claims of their new scripture scholars began to point out that in fact the facsimiles were actually common Egyptian funerary documents and the papyri could be dated around 100 B.C., some 2,000 years after the time of Abraham. It has been pointed out that it would also be rather unlikely for the Hebrew God to use a pagan papyri as a source for Judeo-Christian religious inspiration. It is clear Joseph Smith had no clue what he was looking at. An Egyptologist from the British Museum named I. E. S. Edwards, claimed that Smith’s Egyptian Alphabet and Grammar "reminds me of the writings of psychic practitioners which are sometimes sent to me."

The Mormons are not ones to be dissuaded however when it comes to problems in linguistic and archaeological proofs of their religion. Faith is all that matters. Never mind the facts, "the end justifies the means."

Had the claims been true the scholastic world would have begun boasting one of the most valuable finds recorded in modern history. However the case proved to be quite the opposite. Numerous Egyptologists have written statements of the fraudulent nature of the papyri. Among those in the list are Prof. Klaus Baer of Univ. of Chicago, Prof. Lutz and Lesko of U.C. Berkeley. In fact, lifelong Mormon and Egyptologist, Professor Dee Jay Nelson resigned from the church after he was given an opportunity to examine the papyri.
Jerald and Sandra Tanner have published a number of letters written by the late Mormon archaeologist Thomas Stewart Ferguson showing his disappointment at discovering the problems with Pearl’s credibility. He was more than disenchanted after spending more than twenty-five years of his life trying to prove the Mormon scriptures through anthropology. His work lead him to the same conclusion as the Egyptologists.
It is in the Pearl of Great Price where we find that God dwells in a place called Kolob in a world of contradictions. Chapter four of Abraham is where we see that Mormons are polytheists, however in Moses 2:1 we find a more Biblical monotheistic theology. Moses 5:10&11 is the basis for the idea that eating of the forbidden fruit in the garden was a blessing and not a curse as the Bible clearly teaches. One must forget the Genesis account of creation after reading Pearl for it teaches a preexistent state of creation in the heavenlies before it came about on earth (Moses 3:5).
The Pearl has been part of the churches justification for making blacks ineligible for the priesthood (Abraham 1:22-27) until the 1978 "new revelation" by the church president.
In Pearl, God’s name "Jehovah" (the transliteration of YHWH or ‘I AM’) is used (Abraham 2:8) though the name was not known to Abraham. It was not used until it was told to Moses much later in history (Exodus 6:3, 3:14). This, Joseph Smith did not know.

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." — Jesus Christ (Matt. 7:15)

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