Mormon Dilemma 27

15 July

Heaven’s Gatekeeper

Journal of Discourses 7:289; …no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are—I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent. He holds the keys of that kingdom for the last dispensation—the keys to rule in the spirit-world; and he rules there triumphantly…” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, October 9, 1859

2 Corinthians 5:10; For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Nowhere in the bible does it say anything about Joseph being the gatekeeper.  This is what happens when the leader of your church condemns the Bible and convinces his followers to do the same. 

Why even have a Bible in your home if you aren’t going to follow its precepts?  What about John 14:6; “I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me”?  Is that corrupted as well?


One more thing about this – Joseph Smith most certainly DOES NOT rule in the “spirit world”.  If they’re referring to heaven then why wouldn’t it be Jesus who is the King?  If they’re talking about the spirit world of demons, well, that job is taken by Satan.

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One Response to “Mormon Dilemma 27”

  1. shematwater July 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Actually, they are talking about the world of spirits that exists between this life and the final judgment. In that world Joseph Smith rules, for the leaders of the past dispensations are already resurrected and sit enthroned in their exaltation. As such, Joseph Smith is the greatest authority in that world.

    Now, I don’t remember Brigham Young ever saying that Joseph Smith took the place of Christ. That actually does not appear anywhere in the quote given, nor has it ever been said.
    He is the gate keeper for us, just as Peter is the gate keeper for those of his time, and Moses for his, and so on for each dispensation. But the final judgment is still presided over by Christ.

    Think of a criminal trial. Christ sits as judge, with the twelve apostles as the jury (Peter as the foreman). Joseph Smith is the key witness, and based on his testimony concerning each person of this dispensation (along with other testimonies) Christ will pass judgment on them. Without the testimony of Joseph Smith no man will be admitted into the Celestial Kingdom.

    Christ is still the only way, but Joseph Smith still hold authority within that way.

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