Exodus 28:36; “¶ And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”
Our focus today is twofold. The first thing we’re looking at is the number of temples the Church has today, and the second item is our look at the inscription of ‘Holiness to the Lord’ on every Mormon temple. While their use of that phrase is meant to invoke a sense of awe and reverence to all, it’s out of place.
Temples, Temples, Everywhere
The reason we’re highlighting these things is because of the numerous temples we see going up worldwide. The Church must have excess money to burn and like a child, can’t spend it fast enough.
We’ve also noticed the Church’s recurring theme of pushing genealogy work, and its subsequent result of performing ordinances for the dead in all those temples. At every single General Conference in the last five or so years, at least three talks are given on the importance of doing proxy works for the dead.
As of last year, they even instituted a new position for their youth by setting up yet another committee. They want the youth of each ward (congregation) to be in charge of encouraging members to do their genealogy work. They can then ‘help others’ in gathering their family histories, putting the names into their database, and make arrangements for someone to do their proxy works for the dead. Whether it’s a member of that family, or someone in the ward (aka, the young person who helped), isn’t the issue for them. The end goal is to get someone to go to the temple.
As of today (April 23, 2016), there are 150 Mormon temples in operation, with sixteen others under construction, and another eleven that were announced. In2011 we wrote about their temple building frenzy (they had 135 temples then), and since that time they’ve added another fifteen.
‘Tricking the Very Elect’
The Church’s cavalier misuse of the phrase ‘Holiness to the Lord’, is better understood with a comment James E. Faust made in 2006;
“As Elder Dallin H. Oaks stated a few years ago:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has many beliefs in common with other Christian churches. But we have differences, and those differences explain why we send missionaries to other Christians, why we build temples in addition to churches…”” [emp. mine]
Mr. Faust’s talk should send a chill down the spine of all Christians! They obviously have no intention of sharing the truth on where the phrase came from, or why the Lord instituted it to be engraved on a piece of the headwear for the priests’ temple clothing. The Church is only interested in leading Christians awayfrom the God of the Bible, and into the lie of Mormonism.
If you’re a Christian, why are you sending your missionaries out to convert other Christians???
Is this really serving the Lord, or is it serving Mormonism?
‘Holiness to the Lord’, According to Mormonism
Here’s what the Church had to say about their use of this phrase –
“The first phrase, “Holiness to the Lord,” is also a millennial declaration about building a Zion to which the Lord can return at his second coming…” Exterior Symbolism of the Salt Lake Temple, BYU Studies, p 52, by Richard G. Oman
LDS Magazine, ‘The Mormon Times’ also pointed out the following info –
“Inscriptions — Just above the windows on the eastern center tower is the inscription “Holiness to the Lord” (Exodus 28:36). This is inscribed somewhere on all temples.”
Of course, one of the best writings on this came from Lisle Brown who didn’t seem to be bothered by the symbolism –
““The House of the Lord” identifies the Temple as “bethel,” or the Lord’s House – the place upon the earth, which is especially built and dedicated to him, where me may now come and “lay his head” (Matt 8:20).” – NAUVOO TEMPLE EXTERIOR SYMBOLISM, By Lisle Brown
In sum, they’ve used this phrase to look good. It has nothing to do with God’s agenda, or God’s temple that He alone designed.
Joe Smith told members back in the 1830’s that if Jesus returned right then, He’d have no place to rest His head because there were no temples for Him to return to.
‘Holiness to the Lord’ According to the Bible
Here’s what the Bible tells us about this phrase. (Note: I’m using only the references pertaining to the OT temple. While there are other times this phrase is used, as in a prophecy in Zech. 14:20-21, our focus today is limited to items related to the actual temple building.)
God commanded the Israelites to follow explicit directions for items used inside the temple and/or tabernacle. One of the items listed in Exodus is the headwear worn by the priest as he performed his duties inside the Holy of the Holies. The response of the Israelites was to do just as the Lord commanded, and we see that in Exodus 39:30 –
Exodus 39:30; “And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”
The image gives us a great visual of what the priest was wearing, and what it may have been like for him as he went into the Holy of the Holies to perform sacrifices.
Obviously, the two examples couldn’t be more different which speaks volumes!
The Mormons are busy building those temples, and yet not one thing either on the inside, or out, resembles the Bible’s description of what happened.
How can you honestly believe the Lord will return to that one specific place at His return? What about Jerusalem? The true Zion is in Jerusalem, not Utah, not Nauvoo, and certainly not Independence, Missouri. America has nothing to do with Zion. Contrary to Joseph Smith’s teachings, Christianity is not an American made institution. See Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 188.
Let’s take things in context and look at the passage in Matthew mentioned above.
Matthew 8:18-22; “Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”
It’s commendable when we take a verse and apply it to our lives – but not always. Two of my favorite verses are Jude 1:24-25. I’m not however, applying those verses to justify doing something that doesn’t line up with the rest of what God’s word says. The passage in Matthew is referring to a couple of disciples who were eager to bid the Lord’s direction, but one of them had a misplaced zeal.
Does the Lord have a place to rest His head in your life? The Bible tells us that He resides not in buildings of stone made of hands; instead He resides inside your heart. John 14:17, 23. Can He come to tarry there with you or are you busily going about with what you’ve been told by others to do?
The irony of using this passage shouldn’t be overlooked. Jesus told us to let the dead bury the dead! Why has the Church built a temple to talk to the dead? Wouldn’t that mean they’re spiritually dead?
And what about the inscription “Holiness to the Lord” on the temples?
Are the workers inside the Mormon temple wearing the proper clothing God instructed the priests to wear? God instructed a small gold plate with this inscription to be affixed on the forehead of Aaron.
Are the Mormon temple workers affixing this to their foreheads?