JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES. CONTINUED: ADAM-GOD DOCTRINE
My next sermon will be to both Saint and sinner. One thing has remained a mystery in this kingdom up to this day. It is in regard to the character of the well-beloved Son of God, upon which subject the Elders of Israel have conflicting views.
Our God and Father in heaven, is a being of tabernacle, or, in other words, He has a body, with parts the same as you and I have; and is capable of showing forth His works to organized beings, as, for instance, in the world in which we live, it is the result of the knowledge and infinite wisdom that dwell in His organized body. His son Jesus Christ has become a personage of tabernacle, and has a body like his father. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of the Lord, and issues forth from Himself, and may properly be called God's minister to execute His will in immensity; being called to govern by His influence and power; but He is not a person of tabernacle as we are, and as our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ are.
(FROM THE OFFICIAL LDS WEB SITE, WWW.LDS.ORG, WE SEE THIS DOCTRINE OF GOD HAVING FLESH AND BONES IS NOT UNIQUE TO BRIGHAM YOUNG:
The Personal Nature of God and the Godhead
Though most people who believe the Bible accept the idea of a Godhead composed of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Joseph Smith revealed an understanding of the Godhead that differed from the views found in the creeds of his day. The main Christian sects of the nineteenth century taught of “one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons: nor dividing the Substance” and of “one only living and true God, … a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible.” 4 Although other churches and individuals held that the Father and the Son are separate entities, 5 Joseph Smith uniquely taught that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three distinct personages, with the Father and the Son having bodies of “flesh and bones as tangible as man's,” and with the Holy Ghost being a “personage of Spirit.” (D&C 130:22.) The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.
The Word of God teaches otherwise:
Job 9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
Isa 55: 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
One should ask: Whose teaching has more authority…Joseph Smith and the succeeding Mormon “prophets”, or Jesus Christ? Concerning the Nature of God, Jesus Himself said:
John 4: 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
1 Tim 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.)
The question has been, and is often, asked, who it was that begat the Son of the Virgin Mary. The infidel world have concluded that if what the Apostles wrote about his father and mother be true, and the present marriage discipline acknowledged by Christendom be correct, (THE “MARRIAGE DISCIPLINE” HE SPEAKS OF HERE IS MONOGAMY, AS OPPOSED TO THE POLYGAMY WHICH HE AND OTHER EARLY LEADERS OF MORMONISM ESPOUSED) then Christians must believe that God is the father of an illegitimate son, in the person of Jesus Christ!
(THE NATURAL PROGRESSION OF HIS PHILOSOPHY (THAT GOD HAS A BODY OF FLESH AND BONES AS TANGIBLE AS MAN'S) WOULD LEAD SUCH PERSONS AS BRIGHAM YOUNG AND JOSEPH SMITH TO ACCUSE GOD OF ADULTERY OR FORNICATION! AND THEN HE SAYS THAT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS THE ONE WHO ACCUSES GOD OF THIS CRIME! BUT WE SEE PLAINLY THAT SUCH THOUGHTS ONLY EMANATED FROM THE FATHER OF LIES, WHOSE PUPPET, BRIGHAM YOUNG WAS USED AS HIS MOUTHPIECE.)
The infidel fraternity teach that to their disciples. I will tell you how it is. Our Father in Heaven begat all the spirits that ever were, or ever will be, upon this earth; and they were born spirits in the eternal world. Then the Lord by His power and wisdom organized the mortal tabernacle of man. We were made first spiritual, and afterwards temporal.
shows that Brigham wasn't just expressing his own ideas when he spoke these words. On this website, the question “Where did I come from?” is answered in this way:
You didn't suddenly spring into existence the moment you were born.
You were happy in Heavenly Father's presence, but He knew that you needed more in order to progress. You did not have a physical body like you do now, and you needed a chance to gain experience on your own-away from His presence, but with the ability to communicate with Him and receive help. So He sent you to Earth, hoping that you would return to Him and receive everything He has to offer you.
Before you were born, you lived with your Heavenly Father as one of His beloved spirit children. You knew and loved Him, and He knew and loved you.
Although you have forgotten your life before you were born, your Heavenly Father has not. He knows you and loves you. He wants you to come to know and love Him, too.
ON ANOTHER PAGE ON THE SAME SITE, WE READ THIS:
You lived before being born
Before you were born, your spirit lived with God. This premortal life is sometimes referred to as the preexistence. In this setting, you had the opportunity to grow, mature, and learn many eternal truths from our Heavenly Father. Yet you yearned to be more like Him.
Like any loving parent, God wants His children to progress. Heavenly Father understood that you could only progress to a certain point without the experience of mortality. He knew that you needed to:
Receive a physical body.
Gain experience from overcoming trials and temptations.
Learn to walk by faith.
Learn to choose between good and evil.
So your Heavenly Father instituted His plan to help you reach your divine potential
This is in direct contradiction to the Word of God, which states:
1 Cor 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption)
BRIGHAM YOUNG CONTINUES:
Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is MICHAEL, the Archangel, the ANCIENT OF DAYS! About whom holy men have written and spoken
(THESE WORDS OF BRIGHAM YOUNG CONCERNING ADAM ARE ALSO TAUGHT IN THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS. In D&C 116:1, we see Adam referred to as the “Ancient of Days”:
D&C 116: 1
1 SPRING Hill is named by the Lord Adam-ondi-Ahman, because, said he, it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people, or the Ancient of Days shall sit, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet.
In D&C 138:38, we see Adam referred to as “Father” (notice that it is capitalized), and the Ancient of Days:
D&C 138:38 Among the great and mighty ones who were assembled in this vast congregation of the righteous were Father Adam, the Ancient of Days and father of all,
The Mormon Bible Dictionary says this about Adam:
The name Adam is given to the first man of the human family on this earth as cited in the account of the creation in the books of Genesis, Moses, and Abraham, and in many instances in the New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. From these scriptures we learn that Adam is the father and patriarch of the human race on the earth. The aggregate of the scriptures certifies that his transgression in the garden of Eden, although designated as a “fall,” was necessary to the advancement and spiritual progress of humanity on this earth, and Adam rightly should be honored, not denigrated. Adam is the Ancient of Days and is also known as Michael. He is the archangel and will come again to the earth in power and glory as the patriarch of the human family, preparatory to the second coming of Jesus Christ (Dan. 7: 9-14; D&C 116; HC 3: 385-387; HC 4: 207-8).
In the Mormon Bible dictionary, we can also see that Adam is believed to be Michael the Archangel:
BD Daniel, Book of
The prophetic visions present a succession of world-monarchies, the last of which will severely persecute the saints, but will be brought to an end by the judgment of God. Ch. 7, under the symbolism of beasts, shows how, at the end, the world-kingdoms give place to the kingdom of God. This chapter also contains the vision of “One like unto a Son of Man” standing before the Ancient of Days to receive power and glory. The “Son of Man” is Jesus Christ. Latter-day revelation identifies the Ancient of Days as Adam (D&C 116), who is also known as Michael (D&C 128: 21; cf. Dan. 10: 13, 21; Dan. 12: 1). A testimony of mankind's resurrection is given in ch. 12.
Mentioned in Dan. 10: 13, 21; Dan. 12: 1; Jude 1: 9; Rev. 12: 7. He is called the Archangel. Latter-day revelation informs us that Michael is Adam, the Ancient of Days (Dan. 7), a prince, and the patriarch of the human family (D&C 27: 11; D&C 107: 53-56; D&C 128: 21).
Now we see the fullness and the logical conclusion of this philosophical musing (that Adam is the Ancient of Days) of Joseph Smith and his followers concerning Adam, as Brigham Young continues:
-He is our FATHER and our GOD, and the only God with whom WE have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later. They came here, organized the raw material, and arranged in their order the herbs of the field, the trees, the apple, the peach, the plum, the pear, and every other fruit that is desirable and good for man; the seed was brought from another sphere, and planted in this earth. The thistle, the thorn, the brier, and the obnoxious weed did not appear until after the earth was cursed.
The term “Ancient of Days” is synonymous with God Himself.
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
The phrase “ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands” is used in Revelation 5, and it is not speaking of Adam, unless one believes that Adam is God:
Rev 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
We see that the books were opened before God, and not Adam, in Revelation 20:12
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
If one is to embrace the thought that the Ancient of Days described in Daniel 7 is Adam, then they would have to concede that Adam is God, and thus, Brigham Young was not presenting a new and strange doctrine that Mormonism doesn't embrace.
Daniel 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
HERE WE SEE THAT JESUS WAS BROUGHT BEFORE THE ANCIENT OF DAYS. THE NEXT VERSE SHOWS THAT JESUS WAS GIVEN DOMINION AND GLORY, AND A KINGDOM, WHICH WOULD NOT BE DESTROYED:
Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
THE ANGEL THAT VISITED MARY PROCLAIMED THAT JESUS' KINGDOM WOULD NEVER END:
Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
WE SEE THAT IT WAS GOD WHO GIVES JESUS THIS DOMINION:
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
WE CAN SEE THAT THE ANCIENT OF DAYS WHO GAVE JESUS THIS DOMINION SPOKEN OF IN DANIEL 7 IS GOD ALMIGHTY. REMEMBER THAT IT IS IN DANIEL 7:14, THAT THIS TAKES PLACE. WE CAN SEE A PREPONDERANCE OF NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES THAT REFER TO THIS EVENT:
Matt 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Phil 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Rev 3: 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
IN DANIEL WE CAN SEE WHEN THE ANCIENT OF DAYS COMES, JUDGEMENT IS GIVEN TO THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH:
Daniel 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things……
…..21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.(KJV)
WE COULD GO ON WITH MANY MORE SCRIPTURES, AND SHOW THAT DANIEL 7 IS REFERRING TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD WHEN IT REFERS TO THE “ANCIENT OF DAYS.” But I believe the point has been adequately made that this is the case… THE FACT IS, THAT IF THE MORMON CHURCH ACTUALLY EMBRACES THE IDEA THAT ADAM IS THE ANCIENT OF DAYS, THEY ARE ALSO (WHETHER THEY ADMIT IT OR NOT) EMBRACING THE ADAM-GOD DOCTRINE OF JOSEPH SMITH AND BRIGHAM YOUNG!)
When Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, their bodies became mortal from its effects, and therefore their offspring were mortal.
THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO HAS IMMORTALITY FROM THE BEGINNING, AND HIS NAME IS NOT ADAM:
1 Tim 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD SAYS THAT WE PUT ON IMMORTALITY, IF WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS WHEN THIS MORTAL BODY DIES AND DECAYS:
Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
1 Cor 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
ACTUALLY IF THE TRUTH WOULD BE KNOWN, MORMONISM TEACHES A SPIRITUAL VERSION OF THE HEATHEN DOCTRINE OF REINCARNATION.
THE DEVIL STILL PROPAGATES HIS LIES TO HUMANITY… “YOU SHALL NOT SURELY DIE”… IF WE WERE SPIRITUAL OFFSPRING OF GOD FROM THE BEGINNING, THEN ALTHOUGH WE PUT ON THIS MORTAL, WE WILL RETURN TO OUR SPIRITUAL EXISTENCE THAT WE HAD WITH OUR FATHER IN THE BEGINNING.
AGAIN, I MUST POINT OUT THE PASSAGE IN 1 CORITHIANS 15:46 WHICH SAYS:
1 Cor 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
WE WILL LOOK FURTHER AT THIS DOCTRINE THAT WAS OPENLY TAUGHT BY THE EARLY LEADERS OF THE MORMON CHURCH, AND EMBRACED BY THEIR FOLLOWERS. BRIGHAM YOUNG CONTINUES:
When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family; and when he took a tabernacle, it was begotten by his Father in heaven, after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve; from the fruits of the earth, the first earthly tabernacles were originated by the Father, and so on in succession.
I could tell you much more about this; but were I to tell you the whole truth, blasphemy would be nothing to it, in the estimation of the superstitious and over-righteous of mankind.
However, I have told you the truth as far as I have gone. I have heard men preach upon the divinity of Christ, and exhaust all the wisdom they possessed. All Scripturalists, and approved theologians who were considered exemplary for piety and education, have undertaken to expound on this subject, in every age of the Christian era; and after they have done all, they are obliged to conclude by exclaiming" great is the mystery of godliness," and tell nothing.
ANYONE WHO IS A SINCERE CHRISTIAN WILL READILY SEE THAT THIS DOCTRINE AS TAUGHT BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE EARLY CHURCH IS BLASPHEMY. A PERSON DOESN'T HAVE TO BE “OVER-RIGHTEOUS” OR SUPERSTITIOUS TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE ROOT OF THIS DOCTRINE CAME FROM.
It is true that the earth was organized by three distinct characters, namely, Eloheim, Yahovah, and Michael, these three forming a quorum, as in all heavenly bodies, and in organizing element, perfectly represented in the Deity, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Again, they will try to tell how the divinity of Jesus is joined to his humanity, and exhaust all their mental faculties, and wind up with this profound language, as describing the soul of man, "it is an immaterial substance!"
What a learned idea! Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden, and who is our Father in Heaven. Now, let all who may hear these doctrines, pause before they make light of them, or treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or damnation.
IF WE WERE ALL SPIRIT CHILDREN OF THE FATHER IN HEAVEN BEFORE WE CAME TO THIS EARTH, THEN IT SEEMS LOGICAL THAT THE “FATHER” WOULD NOT SEND HIS CHILDREN TO DAMNATION.
I have given you a few leading items upon this subject, but a great deal more remains to be told. Now, remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.
BRIGHAM YOUNG'S TEACHING STANDS IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION OF THE WORD OF GOD WHICH TEACHES US THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS BEGOTTEN BY THE HOLY GHOST:
Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Matt 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Matt 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (KJV)
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar!
As if what Brigham Young has said wasn't enough to pervert the Word of God, he goes on to say something even more apalling.
I will repeat a little anecdote. I was in conversation with a certain learned professor upon this subject, when I replied, to this idea-"if the Son was begotten by the Holy Ghost, it would be very dangerous to baptize and confirm females, and give the Holy Ghost to them, lest he should beget children, to be palmed upon the Elders by the people, bringing the Elders into great difficulties."
THIS IS OUTRIGHT BLASPHEMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. BRIGHAM YOUNG HAS REDUCED THE HOLY SINLESS NATURE OF GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THAT OF A BEING THAT IS SUBJECT TO THE SINFUL DESIRES AND LUSTS OF FALLEN HUMANITY!
Treasure these things in your hearts. In the Bible, you have read the things I have told you to-night; but you have not known what you did read.
I have told you no more than you are conversant with; but what do the people in Christendom, with the Bible in their hands, know about this subject? Comparatively nothing.
This is true...the majority of Christendom has been duped into thinking that Mormonism is just another denomination of Christianity. But any God-loving, God fearing Born again Christian must admit in the light of what he or she has read here, that Mormonism is a deadly deception that is leading millions of souls to Hell, where they will share the same fate as thier revered leaders of Mormonism.
This June, 2002 there will be a cermony celebrating the opening of the Mormon temple in Nauvoo, Illinois.
I got a couple of photographs from an official Mormon website. The photographs are of the foundation stone that was laid for the building, which is a Satanic five-pointed star, and another stone that is placed at the top of the same temple, that depicts the sun god, with trumpets heralding his coming!
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