The Book of Moroni Chapter 3 Critique
Setting: Elders ordain priests and teachers by the laying on of hands. About A.D. 401–421.
Verses 1: The manner which the disciples, who were called the elders of the church, ordained priests and teachers—
Note: Priests have no place in the Christian church.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the
saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of
the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to
and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery
of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking
the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the
head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what
every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every
part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of
itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16.
Verses 2-4: After they had
prayed unto the Father in the name of Christ, they laid their hands
upon them, and said: In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a
priest (or if he be a teacher, I ordain you to be a teacher) to preach
repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance
of faith on his name to the end. Amen. And after this manner did they
ordain priests and teachers, according to the gifts and callings of God
unto men; and they ordained them by the power of the Holy Ghost, which
was in them.
Note: Not all Christians are ordained to be preachers.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are
differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities
of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the
manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another
the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the
same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to
another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another
discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to
another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit
works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He
wills. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
Note: Sidney Rigdon's flawed doctrines are the basis for Mormonism.
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