God's Priesthood and Man's Responsibility
one member's perspective by Don R. Hender
"God Makes the Rules."
"It Is Up to Man to Follow Them."
~ drh ~
"But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
~ Matthew 15:9 ~
Much has been said concerning the Priesthood of God.
Too often the fact of just Who's Priesthood it is, is the last and least thing considered by
complaining people and even the 'heads' of chruches who order 'their' priesthood according to
the opinions of their congregations. If God is an unchangable God, then why do people think
they can 'lobby' God to change? To Change His Laws, Commandments and Priesthood, think they
that it is they who tells God what to do? In truth they really must not think their Church is
God's true church, to think that just on their own personal whims, God will change the doctrines of
the church just to suit them. They must think that God is running a 'flavor of the
month church.' That is if they don't like the doctrine, just have the church leaders
change it to suit 'them' no matter what God had established.
Now, first things first. I am not a General Authority of the LDS Church, little
alone its Prophet speaking for God. I am but who I am, trying to make sense of
things to myself. On that basis I speak. Many critics of another's religions will
take what any member of the religion will say and hold that against the religion,
ignoring that that is just a personal opinion of the one who speaks is not even an
'official of position' of the faith they are attacking. Of such I can only consider
that they are able only to build themselves up upon the false foundation of tearing
others down. If they cannot build themselves up based solely upon that which is true
and good about their own religion, without attacking the faith of others, I feel sorry
for them and what must be their own religion that is so totally lacking.
Also, in such matters of the opinions of such individual members of a church being used
to so judge the who of that religion, it does seem to me that people like to place a lot
of responsibility on just regular members to explain such things concenring that which
is but the business of God. That is, don't ask me to justify and explain the stand and
action of God in a matter, and condemn me for what God and his position is and what God's
prophets do, or even have or have not done when acting in God's name. Millions and millions
of people of every national group on earth have lived and died without ever hearing the
Gospel of Jesus Christ or receiving its blessings in their lifetime. And because I am a
Christian, I have to justify that? You are going to make me an apologist
for God? And then you are going to further condemn me if you don't like my reasoning and
'opinion' is, and that because it doesn't make sense to you? And you are going to fault me
for still being a faith believing Christian?
Many a Christian religions holds requirements of their membership, which they are to
fulfill to obtain God's Kingdom. And sadly for the most part it is literally 'to hell' for
any other who has ever lived who has not been fortunate enough to have found that person's
church and religion. For example, Rick Santorum is a Catholic. His religion condemns little
children and babies who have not been properly baptized in the Catholic faith. All those
millions of children are to never enter God's Kingdon of no fault of their own. And only a
person who is baptized Catholic in their own lifetime may go to God's Kingdom. Everybody else
are but lost souls. Oh what inefficiency that the vast majority of the millions upon millions
of persons, innocent babies and children included, who have not been 'blessed' to be Catholic
and blessed by the baptism and sacraments of the Catholic Church; they are forever lost
according to the doctrine of the Catholic faith. That is everyone else who has ever lived or
ever will live, who has never been a member of the Catholic church, they can not go to Heaven.
Why Rick, Why? Or is it fair to require of Rick Santorum to justify and apologize for the
doctrines of the Catholic Church and of the Pope, God's 'mouth piece' to the Catholic faith?
I do not think it fair to hold Rick Santorum so responsible to speak to answer that question.
It is just that, that is the doctrine of the Catholic Church and either you believe it or
you don't. If you don't then you're really not Catholic, are you?
One might ask Rick Santorum the question, 'Do you hate the people of the world? Do you hate
and descriminate against everybody else? Do you think you are better than every one else just
because you are Catholic and they are not? And do you think God loves you and hates everyone
else who is not Catholic, and that God would not allow them into heaven just because they are
not a member of your Catholic Church? I don't think Rick Santorum as a lay member of that
Church is responsible to answer for his 'Catholic God's position' on that matter. He is not
qualified to do so. If any were to give an answer it would have to be such as the Pope. And
even the Pope might respond that this is God's doing and not his, and he as the Pope is only
following the principles of God's Catholic religion.
Many take it upon themselves to attack me as a member of the LDS faith for what the Church
'offically believes' as doctrine. Many attack those of the LDS faith concerning their own
personally derived opinions relative to the LDS Chruch whether that is the Chruch's offical
stand or not, without ever considering the truth of just what that official doctrine of the
Church is or is not. They just want to attack somebody without knowing the true facts. Even if
a high official of the Church has stated his opinion, that still is not necessarily what the
offical doctrine of the LDS Church is. Many complain against the LDS faith that only those who
are 'baptized Mormon' can enter into the Kingdom of God.
Jesus taught that except a person is baptized they cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3).
So also many others teach such concepts as well, as does the Catholic Chruch which I have used
as an example. And yet while these other religions hold out that their 'exclusive baptism' and
'sacraments' are the only true means to heaven, why is the LDS faith condemned of them?
At least my LDS church is providing a way and means for everyone who ever has or ever will live,
the opportunity for all of God's blessings. What is the Catholic elite and those others of such
faiths and religions going to be doing in the Millennium? Are they going to be mocking the majority
of God's children because they did not happen to be baptized Catholic or even ever hear of such
during their earthly lifetime? During that thousand years when my Church's 'Mormon' temples will
being operating day and night to ensure that all have the every opportunity for such Christian
blessings of the Kingdom of God as the ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be performed
for all vicariously and it will be up to them to accept or reject them according to the agency of
their own actions of acceptance or rejecion of such. That's how big the Mormon Christianity is. It
provides a means and a way for all to be baptized unto Christ, not just those who were so baptized
in their limited lifetime on earth as such ordinances are beformed by proxy for the dead to the end
that they might be claimed by Christ's universal salvation and the Plan of God. And the LDS faith
does not condemn innocent babies and children if they haven't been sprinkled Catholic or baptized
by some other church before their deaths.
Who follows the admonition of Christ? 'Blessed are the little children, for thus is the Kingdom of
God.' And this because the LDS faith believes that the innocent who have not the capacity for the
understanding of accountability are alive in Christ because of the innocence and lack of
accountibility irrespective of formal baptism.
There is a statement of the LDS faith's consideration of the blessing of Christ's Gospel being made
available to the whole of mankind. Certainly the bottom line of it is that God loves and provides
for all who have ever lived and provides for them those same opportunities and blessings of His
Kingdom, whether they be the first or the last. At that last day of days, all will stand before God
having had either sooner or later that same opportunity to enter into God's Kingdom and glory. And
if they don't, it won't be because they lived in China some hundreds of years before Jesus's birth
and had never heard of Christianity in their life time. All who have lived upon this earth will be
able to come unto Christ, even the dead being able to justly be judged of God as and according to
those living who had the Gospel ordinances performed for them by themselves in their own life time.
And this by the power of God's priesthood power being able to reach beyond the grave to unlock the
prison doors by the performance of the Gospel Ordinances in behalf of the dead by the living, the
bulk of such work to be done in that thousand years of Millennial Christian labor of love that all
might come unto God.
Now what concerning God's Priesthood and power? The Priesthood of God is that power of God, which
God has given unto men that they may act for God in God's name to the end of God's purposes, his
work and his glory, to bring to pass the eternal life and immortality of all men. That is the great
Millennial power unto life and unto all those that they might enter into the Kingdom of God.
Anciently only those worthy of it were given that priesthood, which was of a patriarchal order from
the time of Adam. In the days of Moses, God, not Moses, did but limit the operations and
responsibilities of the priesthood to but one tribe of Israel, the tribe of Levi. Not only all
nations of people, but also all other tribes of Israel but Levi could not hold that priesthood as
did the sons and posterity of Aaron of Levi so held it. Everyone else was excluded by God. I'd hate
to have to be an apoligest for God to all who were 'discriminated' against because of that policy
of God of the Hebrew era.
Priesthood, the power to act in God's name, is a 'responsibility' to perform God's work. Father
Abraham was blessed by the priesthood covenant of God that through his 'seed' all the earth, every
nation, kindred, tongue and people would be blessed. That covenant of responsibility to so act in
God's name to bless all who ever had or would live upon the earth fell upon Abraham and his
'covenant' descendants. From Abraham to Isaac, from Isaac to Jacob, from Jacob to Joseph, and from
Joseph to Ephraim did that covenant of responsibility fall. And the priesthood of the LDS Church
today is made up of Ephraim and 'his companions,' who have taken upon themselves that very
'responsibility' to take the blessings of the Kingdom of God to all the world, both to the living
and to the dead that the Covenant of Abraham might be fulfilled of the blessing of the nations of
the earth. And they do it such as God has commanded them
It is God's Priesthood and Power and it is God Who governs it. It was first restored to Joseph
Smith who was a 'pure Ephraimite' as so stated by the prophet Brigham Young. In taking the
priesthood blessing to the world it was and is first the responsibility of the tribe of Ephraim
to so take those blessings to the people of the earth according to God's direction and commandments
of God by and through that priesthood power. The Priesthood of God is not about 'ME' and 'MINE' and
'MY' rights to it. It is a 'responsibility' which God bestows upon certain of his children
to be used for and in the behalf of all of God's children who ever have lived. All will be blessed
by it and receive of God's blessing whether sooner or later. And today it is Ephraim and his
companions who do hold that priesthood and who are acting in the name of God to the bring of those
blessings to those of the earth, both living and dead. And they will continue to do this until every
knee will bow/kneel and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ, and thus every one will be
blessed through Christ, living and dead.
And so they will all receive of God's blessings for them equally, whether it be first or
last according to God's Plan and order, that eventually all will have the right
and opportunity to receive and partake if they are willing to come unto God, live his law
and commandments, and partake of his blessings. It will be up to them but will they do so?
Just why, for a time the restored church of Jesus Christ was first restored primarily to a
white European English nation of the seed of Ephraim, I can only suggest a guess, that it was
because it was the tribe of Ephraim's responsibility to so go forth first to fulfill the Covenant
of Abraham. As to why those of African descent were delayed, I don't know. I do understand that
it was of primarily needed for it to come to Ephraim first. As to the other, that matter was and
is and will ever so be in the hands of God. I make no apology for God's timing of events, I do not
apologize for God. Is this the 'official Mormon doctrine' of the matter? I don't know, as first
stated I not God's Prophet who presides at the head of the Church. And I do not speak for God. I
have only attempted to understand the matter in a way that today, does make sense to me.
And as to why women do not hold priesthood offices, I do not apologize for God's commandments and
directions. Neither do I question them. In reasoning, it is God's Priesthood and 'HE' will state
who is to receive his office to minister the priesthood blessings unto they would are worthy in
doing the will of God according to his laws, ordinances and commandments. To me it makes sense that
to act in the stead of God, he being male, it would be one of God's sons that would act for Him. The
blessings of the priesthood are unto all people. All may be baptized and become members of God's
chruch. Those are such as the 'blessings' of the matter. And all will eventually come to recieve of
those blessings of the priesthood. As to upon whom God has placed the responsibility to officiate in
leading his people and who are those who officiate in bestowing his ordinances, that the blessings
in the Name of God come upon man, I can understand that for 'HIS' mouth piece through whom 'HE'
speaks to be a male like 'HE' is makes sense to me. Beyond that I don't have to know exactly why but
that God has established it to be that way. And who am I to question God, and to tell God what to
do? Who am I to tell God to change just because I don't happen to agree with 'HIM?'
"¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which
is in heaven.
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name
have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
~ New Testament | Matthew 7:21-23