Mormon Dilemma 205

25 March

Javelin Through the Heart; Really?!?

Journal of Discourses 3:247; “Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, an put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, March 16, 1856

Romans 12:19; “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Matthew 5:38-42; “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” 

Since when has the Bible said or even implied that you’re the judge, jury and executioner? 

Tell me, is this something you’d do in the presence of Jesus? If not then perhaps this isn’t something we should even entertain in our minds. 

Please pray for those who believe in most of the things that Brigham Young taught but not all of them. Pray they’d open their mind and heart to the truth of what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 18:22; “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” 

I was taking note of Romans 13:7 today regarding what Mormons will say about their prophets. Many times I’ve heard them say he was only a prophet when acting as such…well the Bible tells us that God is not a God of confusion, but a God of peace and then read what Paul also tells us in Romans 13:7; “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

Take in the first and last parts of this interesting verse.

“Render therefore to all their dues…” and then “honour to whom honour…” 

Render means payment or action, to perform to provide. So giving honour to all their dues.  If you’re not honoring all the things spoken by the leader of the Church doesn’t that contradict what it says here in Romans as well as what the Mormon prophets tell members to do; “follow the prophets and they’ll never steer you wrong”? 

Haven’t you just done the very thing the prophets have done by putting yourself into the position of judge,  jury and executioner?  

And why would God give you mixed messages?  How are you supposed to know when the prophet was just being a cantankerous Brigham Young and not giving you a message directly from God? 

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