salt-lake-temple-black-and-whiteEarlier this year we looked at the definition for different types of worship, and saw how the Church erroneously uses the term. (See Ancestor Worship or Temple Worship.) Along those same lines, I just finished a study on the different ways world leaders (the bad kind) have used worship as a means to control the masses.

As history has shown, bad leaders share a common trait in the way they trick people into believing that if it weren’t for the leader, there’d be no salvation for them in heaven. They’ll demand, and/or convince people to worship an image, without drawing too much attention to themselves. However, everyone knows they’re worshiping the leader.

The image worshiped doesn’t necessarily have to be the face, or exact replica of the leader. That much attention can lead to insubordination. If, however, worship is cloaked in a different message, people are more apt to play the game. When he tells people to worship the image, the people seem to go to any length and expense to be physically present at the image, but their indebtedness is reserved only for the leader and his wise counsel.

This same story has been repeated numerous time throughout history. We see it with the Ammonites, Amalekites and the Moabites. All three tribes were actually distant relatives of the nation of Israel, and all three tribes had ruthless leaders who demanded human sacrifices be made to their gods. For more info seeDemonic & Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon.

The following excerpt is what took place with the evil king Nebuchadnezzar, andNebuchadnezzarin fact it’s what goes on in Mormonism today.

Daniel 3:5-7; “That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.”

Similarly, here’s what Joe Smith’s followers thought of him…

Joseph Smith’s Role in the Life of Mormons, Pt. 1

“…he gazed into the glories of the eternal worlds; he held converse with the Father and the Son; he received the keys of the last dispensation and to him came those who stood at the head of all former dispensations, back to Michael, or Adam…”

Joseph Smith’s Role in the Life of Mormons, Pt. 2

Greatest Prophet Save Jesus Only – D&C 135:3; “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.”

Mormons believe that if it weren’t for Smith, the way to true salvation would be nonexistent today. Smith was the sole means of bringing back what had been lost in the ‘Great Apostasy’, thus the need of a ‘restoration’ of the original Christian church.

For all Mormons, true salvation consists of living in the afterlife as a ‘forever family’ which can only be achieved by performing perfunctory rituals in their temples here on earth. In sum, all Mormon temples today are the brain child of Joseph Smith, Jr., and the line of whom, or what, they’re worshiping is clouded in their veneration of him. What is known, is that their ticket into heaven is only good after they’ve performed their rituals in a certain building.

Just as the Ammonites handed over their children to the fire-god Mulek, and Babylonians marched their way to the golden image for Nebuchadnezzar, so too with the Mormons in their relentless rituals to save dead relatives.

As the wise King Solomon once said ‘…there is no new thing under the sun.’ Ecc. 1:9