Journal of Discourses 10:223 – 224 “I try to better my life, and I believe that my brethren do. I can see a visible improvement in those with whom I am most intimately acquainted. Though we are in the world, yet we should be as perfect as mortals are required to be. We are not required in our sphere to be as perfect as Gods and angels are in their spheres, yet man is the king of kings and lord of lords in embryo.” — Brigham Young, American Fork, UT, April 20, 1863
Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
A quick look at an excerpt taken from a talk given by Mr. Young reveals the many levels of error he espoused, and projected on members.
The first thing that came to mind was the Scripture in Matthew 5:48 when Jesus delivered His Sermon on the Mount. It’s obvious Brigham was more interested in his own needs and wants, and as a consequence doled out bogus information to his followers.
Misinterpreting what Jesus meant in Matthew 5, and then going forward by proclaiming men are gods and lords in embryo, is tantamount to the highest form of blasphemy against God.
Instead of the lies, Brigham could have taught listeners facts on what times were like at the time Jesus delivered His sermon.
In both cultures (Biblical times, and early America), literacy was a luxury for most. Matthew wrote his gospel in a way so the listener could easily memorize, and then meditate on what he/she had heard. Providing sermons filled with truth leaves no time for lies.
The second item worthy of note was Brigham’s use of the phrase ‘king of kings, and lord of lords’. According to the awesome ministry at GotQuestions.org, this is used in Scripture collectively only eight times. Here’s what Got Questions posted –
“Once, the title [king of kings] is applied to God the Father (1 Timothy 6:15), and twice to the Lord Jesus (Revelation 17:14; 19:16). The other three (Ezra 7:12; Ezekiel 26:7; Daniel 2:37) refer to either Artaxerxes or Nebuchadnezzar, kings who used the phrase to express their absolute sovereignty over their respective realms (Persia and Babylon). The phrase lord of lords is used by itself in Scripture twice and refers to God the Father (Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 136:3).”
Let us think upon this – in the end Jesus will rule over everyone, and everything. Because of this fact, how do Mormons reconcile the idea they’ll be gods themselves?
Please, pray for the Mormons who believe they’ll become gods and wonder where Jesus will go if they’re in charge!
With Love in Christ;