Jesus Made Perfect

20 September

times_and_seasons_vol_6_0000Today we’re looking at a passage of scripture the Mormon Church has zeroed in on, and made a doctrine from half a line in one verse of scripture. We’ll look at what the Church has taught, and compare it with what the Bible really means when it said, ‘Jesus was made perfect’.

The length of the sermon we’re looking at today was extraordinarily long, therefore, we’ll only be looking at one small subject from Mr. Taylor’s teaching today. We’ll be exploring the rest of it in the near future! If you’d like to read it in full, you can do so by clicking on the link provided within the text below.

Hebrews 2:9-10; “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” [emp. mine]

Before we look at the LDS  interpretation of this bible passage, let’s look at two commentaries from well respected theologians spanning 350 years. The similar interpretations of each tells us truth has not changed!

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary –

“In making this captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings. God the Father made the Lord Jesus Christ the captain of our salvation (that is, he consecrated, he appointed him to that office, he gave him a commission for it), and he made him a perfect captain: he had perfection of wisdom, and courage, and strength, by the Spirit of the Lord, which he had without measure; he was made perfect through sufferings; that is, he perfected the work of our redemption by shedding his blood, and was thereby perfectly qualified to be a Mediator between God and man.” – Matthew Henry

From Pastor John Piper’s website –

Desiring God, ‘Our Captain Made Perfect Through Sufferings’

“Here being “made perfect” means “learning obedience” through suffering. This does not mean that he was once disobedient and then became obedient. It means that Jesus moved from untested obedience into suffering and then through suffering into tested and proven obedience. And this proving himself obedient through suffering was his “being perfected.”” – John Piper

Now that we have our foundation set, let’s take a look at what the Church has to say. This sermon was delivered by John Taylor, who would later become the Church’s 3rd prophet/president. Taylor had become quite prolific in his mission work, writings, and all around managerial abilities for the Church.

We chose this part of his long sermon for two reasons.

1.His misinterpretation of this biblical passage.

2.The contradiction in their own doctrines.

FYI: spelling is left in the original format.

Times and Seasons, Vol. 6, No. 21, January 20, 1846, p. 1100; “…Jesus was not prepared to govern, till he was placed in circumstances that gave him experience. The scriptures say, it is necessary to the bringing of many souls to glory, that the Captain of our salvation should be made perfect threugh [through] sufferings.

So, he was not perfect before, but he had to come here to be made perfect; he had to come here to pass through a multitude of sufferings, and be tempted and tried in all points like unto us, because it was necessary.

Had it not been necessary he would not have been placed in those circumstances…” – John Taylor

1.Mr. Taylor obviously had no idea what the author of Hebrews was speaking about here. To insinuate Jesus was never perfect is blasphemy! The Church takes every opportunity they come upon to deride the Lord, and this time is no different.

Where in the Bible does it say Jesus wasn’t perfect?

2.Mormon doctrine declares that everyone is born perfect. Why, therefore, did Mr. Taylor state ‘…he wasn’t perfect before but had to come here to be made perfect’?

See the following articles on Mormon doctrines declaring mankind is born free of sin –

Sin Nature; Christian v. Mormon

Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 79; “We are the sons and daughters of celestial Beings, and the germ of the Deity dwells within us. When our spirits took possession of these tabernacles, they were as pure as the angels of God, wherefore total depravity cannot be a true doctrine. 10:192.”

Sin is not an attribute of mankind

Journal of Discourses 10:251-252; “I wish you to understand that sin is not an attribute in the nature of man…” – Brigham Young, October 6, 1863

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