Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
The people of God only ever had one temple at a time and it was situated in Jerusalem. That was why Jews travelled to Jerusalem from far and wide at times like the Passover.
On the other hand the LDS church has temples all over the world. But they are not what one would expect them to be. They are set aside for work for the dead and for ceremonies pertaining to life in the hereafter. Entry is restricted to Mormons, provided they have proved their worthiness to no less than two LDS authorities. They are then issued a “temple recommend.” (See the link to an article on Mormon worthiness, listed at the end of this page.)
Mormons are required to take an oath not to discuss their temple ceremonies even with their nearest and dearest.
But there has never ever been any secrecy practiced by the people of God, either under the Old Covenant or the New. The biblical God is a deity of truth and light and in Him is no darkness. Consequently, nothing that emanates from Him needs to be done in secret. Truth doesn’t need to be concealed, only deception or practices that are wrong or inappropriate.
Once the Internet became popular ex-Mormons used it as a platform to reveal the LDS’s teachings to the general public. The overwhelmingly adverse response resulted in the LDS modifying and/or discontinuing some sections of their temple practices. Amongst other things they have done away with signs indicating disembowelment, slit throats and so on, that would have been the consequence for those who had disclosed what goes on inside their temple. However, the oath of secrecy still applies.
It needs to be remembered that their original temple ceremonies were claimed to have been given to them by God. But it is obvious that most of them came straight out of Freemasonry, since they are either identical or similar. (The early LDS leadership were Freemasons.)
The LDS temple has a molten, or brazen sea on the backs of the twelve oxen, that is used for baptism by proxy for the dead. This was designed after the pattern of the sea of Solomon’s temple. However, the Bible tells us that the brazen sea was for the priests to wash in (2 Chronicles 4:1-6). It was never used for baptismal purposes.
After Mormons have been through their temple ceremonies they are required to wear special underwear day and night for the rest of their lives. They are told that these garments will protect them. Failure to wear them is looked upon as a sin. But this was never a practice under either the Old or the New Covenants. And one can’t help wondering why a church that claims to be Christian, should require its membership to wear undergarments that feature pagan symbols.
As Moses led the Israelites to their promised land, they had to travel through areas occupied by pagans who worshipped territorial gods. Each region had is own specific deity, or sometimes several deities. And travellers who were passing through were expected to honour the gods of that particular territory.
God instructed Moses to erect a portable tabernacle that would represent His presence in their midst. He wanted to teach His people that unlike the false pagan deities He wasn’t confined to any particular area. No matter where they went His presence would always be with them. Furthermore, He was the only true God. And He was the only One they were ever to worship regardless of what went on around them, or of the pressures exerted upon them.
When they eventually settled in the promised land of Israel they erected a permanent temple in the city of Jerusalem.
We need to be clear that the sole reason for the existence, firstly of portable tabernacle and then later on of the temple, was so that God’s people could be assured that His presence was with them. Because of the cultures of those days they needed that assurance.
The people went to the temple to pray to and worship God. They also brought their offerings and their sacrificial animals to the temple because that’s where His presence was. However, they worshipped, prayed and sacrificed directly outside the temple, in the courtyards. They were not allowed inside because the temple was reserved exclusively for the presence of God.
“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts
of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the
living God.”(Psalm 84:2, KJV)
“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand …” (Psalm 84:10, KJV)
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise …” (Psalm 100:4, KJV)
Inside were two main compartments. The first was called the holy place. Only the priests (who were blood descendants of Levi) were permitted to enter in order to perform specific duties. The second compartment was the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence dwelt. The High Priest alone was permitted there, and then only once a year to offer sacrificial blood for the atonement of the nation. It was never used for any other purpose.
No one else was allowed inside the temple. And no ceremonies of any kind were ever performed there. The temple was solely for the presence of God. Temple marriages for time and eternity, secret covenants and ceremonies for the dead are exclusively Mormon ideas. Had they attempted such practices in biblical times it most likely would have cost them their lives.
The LDS maintains that Mormon temple practices were removed from the Bible by evil priests. But if the LDS’s temple ceremonies are so secret that their own membership isn’t allowed to discuss them even with their nearest and dearest, why should they have been recorded in the Bible where anyone and everyone could have read all about them? And what about the Old Covenant temple practices that are in the Bible but are ignored by the LDS church?
In any event, the Jewish nation didn’t only practice their religion straight out of their scriptures. They explained it all to their children orally, over and over again. So every Jew, old and young alike, knew these things off by heart. Someone, somewhere, would have objected if such important practices had been removed from the scriptures. It would have caused an almighty uproar with repercussions that would still have been heard today. So Mormons may rest assured that nothing was ever taken from their temple practices.
Nor has there ever been any evidence discovered anywhere, in any form, of any religion even remotely resembling Mormonism (or its doctrines and practices), prior to the time when Joseph Smith founded the LDS church. Mormonism had its origin in the mind of Joseph Smith.
The Old Covenant with its temple, priesthood and sacrificial system, became obsolete when Christ’s shed blood ratified the New Covenant. At that very moment the curtain that had partitioned off the Holy of Holies ripped into two, from top to bottom. The historian Josephus records that this curtain was so strong that not even horses tied to each side could tear it apart. So this was a miraculous, divine indication that Christ’s vicarious death had provided direct access for fallen man into the presence of a holy God.
“And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” (Mark.15:37-38, KJV)
“Now where remission of these [sins and iniquities] is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest [Christ] over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:18-22, KJV).
“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:13, KJV).
The sole purpose of the Old Covenant temple was to house the presence of God in the midst of His people. But under the New Covenant the believer himself becomes the temple of God, through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, Ephesians 2:19-22). So it’s no longer necessary to have temples made with hands. There is no record of the early church ever building a temple, because they themselves were the temple of God:
“In whom ye also are builded together for an
habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? ” (1 Corinthians 3:16, KJV)
As a Christian, when I attend a church service, I don’t go there to meet with God. He comes with me, because His presence dwells within me. I am His temple. He’s with me all the time wherever I go. And He has promised that He’ll never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).
The Jews worship on a Saturday and the church on a Sunday. So the earliest Christians (who were Jews) took the opportunity of going to the Jewish temple or a synagogue on a Saturday so that they could tell their brethren the good news about Jesus being their long awaited Messiah. (Their mandate was firstly to preach Christ to the Jewish nation, and then to the gentiles.) That was the only reason why members of the primitive church ever went to the temple. But eventually the Jewish persecution became such, that they were forced to give up this method of evangelism.
It is a well recorded fact that Joseph Smith came from an occultic background. He was also a Freemason, as were others in the early LDS leadership. And they brought many of the masonic secret ceremonies and pagan symbols with them into the Mormon temple setup.
Freemasonry is a brotherhood embracing all religions. Their symbol of a compass and square along with any book of scripture, i.e. the Koran, the Vedas, the Bible, or whatever, form the Three Great Lights of Masonry that represent pagan solar gods.
LDS temples are decorated with masonic symbols. To complete the picture of pagan solar worship, the external masonry of the Salt Lake temple is emblazoned with stars, planets and the like.
Masons worship a god whom they call “the Great Architect of the Universe,” symbolized by the same all seeing eye that the ancient Egyptians used to represent their pagan god, Osiris. This all seeing eye is also regarded by Satanists as a symbol of Lucifer. Notwithstanding this, it is featured on the external masonry of the Salt Lake temple as is the inverted pentagram used in Satan worship.
But the Christian symbol of the cross has been banned from all LDS premises, including those of the temple.
Mormonism bears no resemblance to biblical Christianity. If it had, the LDS leadership would have ensured that their buildings displayed some sort of Christian symbolism.
The following articles have some bearing on what we have discussed above:
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