The "sacred" Temples of Mormonism stand as a reminder to the world of mankind's ultimate rebellion against God's Word, Church, and Son, Jesus Christ, in favor of a different gospel preached by false prophets, lying spirits, led by the powers of hell which for centuries have tried to prevail against the Church. Christendom, from its earliest martyrs to its present saints, has constantly reaffirmed that we have no need of temples, since the Body of Christ is indeed the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Yes friends, it is the Church, the Bride of Christ, which is the true Temple that remains today on the Earth. This Temple, built by Christ's own hands upon Peter, and all the Apostles and Prophets, with all the saints (including you and I) as the living stones which make up this Spiritual House, is the Temple in which the Holy Sacrifice of Calvary is made present, wherein we do not have only a few Priests, but all members are priests and kings, since all live in Christ the High-Priest, the King of Kings. The priesthood of the Laity restricts them from performing the Sacraments, as even the Lutherans will agree (Baptism being the only exception), yet Sacramental performances are not the only things which make-up the role of the priest in Christian theology. I, Carmenn Massa, am a priest in Christ because I have a direct path to the Father - Christ Jesus. I may intercede for my brethren, just as the OT priests interceded for Israel, I may go into the Holy of Holies, that is, stand before the presence of God because of the Blood which was shed on the Cross, plead forgiveness not for my sins only, but ask for the Lord's mercy on others who are in need of it.
However, as St. Paul rightly says, "Are all called to be apostles? preachers? evangelists? do all prophesy? do all speak in tongues?" and since it is quite clear that Christ has a specific role in mind for the shepherds (else all of us would be shepherds and have no need for pastors) He would not have given the Apostles their divine authority to proclaim the Gospel. Indeed, the Laity proclaim the Gospel to the world, but the Pastors feed the Laity in a special way, both by ministering from the pulpit, and by blessing the Bread and Wine, that we partake. As is clearly seen, it was to the Apostles only (the Twelve Apostles, and those who also saw the risen Christ and obeyed the Twelve) that the forgiveness of sins was given, since it was to them in a special way the keys of heaven were given to "bind and loose", Peter leading the band. The rest were the sheep, the lambs, in need of these Twelve Shepherds. And these same Shepherds, in the footsteps of their Lord and God, blessed and passed on their authority to their Successors, even as Jesus Christ gave His authority over to them, "Even as the Father hath sent Me, so I now send you," and "You will do greater things than I."
The terms, Laity and Clergy, are used to distinguish between the ranks of priesthood present in Christianity. The priesthood of the Laity is not the priesthood of the Clergy, and its role is different in action and ministry. Likewise, the priesthood of the Clergy is not the priesthood of the Laity, and it too is different in its form and ministry. As stated before, the Sacrament of Baptism may be executed by any Layman, showing indeed that since the earliest times the Church knew, if even implicitly, the Layman holds a certain priestly authority in Christ. But the Sacrifice of the Mass was not to be done by the Laity. This was the special role of the Clergy, in whom Christ the High-Priest acted in a unique way through them. Even as He acts in ways through the Laity, ministering to others, so He acts in a particularly special way through the Priests - yet is the same High-Priest, using His ministers for various deeds to strengthen the Spiritual House, this Temple.
In Mormonism, not even their perverted baptism may be conferred by a layman, but must be done by one who holds either the false Aaronic or Melchizadek priesthoods. I call it a perverted baptism because it is done in the name of the Father - not the Father of Jesus Christ, but the man who became a god, whom the Mormons worship as Heavenly Father, one of many gods - and of the Son - not Christ, but a false jesus which St. Paul warned would be peached of in the last days: this Mormon-Jesus is the firstborn of the spirit-children, we also are spirit-children and hence he is merely our brother whom Heavenly Father chose to be the Saviour, he was concieved by Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, in flesh he was concieved by Heavenly Father having physical sex with Mary, and his sacrifice on the cross doesn't fully atone for all sins - and of the Holy Ghost - not the Holy Spirit, but a spirit in the form of a man which can only be at one place at one time. Neither of these three gods are even close to the One Triune God of Christianity. So satanically bound is their baptism, that Pope John Paul 2, when confronted with what the Church's official stance was on the Mormon-baptism, declared it null and void. All Protestants, because they worship and baptize in the Name of the One Triune God, have valid baptisms, and hence may be called Christians, albeit, in doctrinal error and confusion, but Christians nonetheless in imperfect communion with the Church. Such is the grace and mercy of God on the children of men, men who once knew the Truth, but rejected it for various reasons and justifications. And so, because of their valid Baptism, the Protestants also compose the priesthood of the Laity.
Not so in Mormonism. Instead, they promise the void Aaronic priesthood, which the writer of Hebrews says has no effect, and the Melchizadek priesthood, which this same writer declares is "untransferrable" (Heb. 7:24), in the original Greek, because it belongs to Jesus Christ alone. He alone is the High-Priest, while all other priests are merely His ministers, as St. Thomas Aquinas so wisely tells us.
As if Satan could not do well enough by mocking and distorting the Christian priesthood to an abominable, void, "priesthood" of false prophets who pray to an exalted man, hoping to become gods themselves, he has also led the Mormons into further deception by moving them to erect threatening Temples, wherein sacrifices are held. I say they are threatening because they are erected by the Prince of the Powers of the Air, Satan himself, in defiance of the Holy Temple of the Living God, the Body of Christ, being the Church.
And you ask: What sacrifices will be executed in these Temples?
Let Bruce McConkie answer this question in his authoritative book, "Mormon Doctrine." Commenting on ancient blood-sacrifices, he wrote:
"To complete the restoration of all things, apparently on a one-time basis, sacrifices will again be offered in this dispensation. John the Baptist, for instance, brought back the commission and power whereby the sons of Levi shall offer again in righteousness those offerings which they made in ancient days. (D&C 13). Malachi foretold that such offerings would be attended to again in the day of the Second Coming of Christ. (Mal. 3:1-4)"
Joseph Smith himself said:
"The offering of sacrifice has ever been connected and forms a part of the duties of the priesthood. It began with the priesthood, and will be continued until after the coming of Christ, from generation to generation. We frequently have mention made of the offering of sacrifice by the servants of the Most High in ancient days, prior to, the law of Moses; which ordinances will be continued when the priesthood is restored with all its authority, power and blessings...(Teachings, pp. 172-173; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, p. 94.)
It is clear now, from the "Prophet", and a Mormon "Apostle", that the Sacrifice of Christ is not sufficient, and thus the blood-sacrifices must be set into motion, claimed as a "restoration". The writer of Hebrews totally refutes the very idea that blood-sacrifices will be needed at any time in the future, for "Christ our Pascal has been sacrificed", "once and for all", "when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God." Notice He sat down. In the Jewish Temples, the priest did not sit down, nor was there a place for him to sit in the Holy of Holies, thus the passage saying Christ sat down is of great significance. Indeed, there will be no more sacrifices made acceptable to God.
St. Justin Martyr once expounded on the power of this Sacrifice of Calvary:
"God speaks by the mouth of Malachi, one of the twelve [minor prophets], as I said before, about the sacrifices at that time presented by you: ‘I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord, and I will not accept your sacrifices at your hands; for from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, my name has been glorified among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering, for my name is great among the Gentiles . . . [Mal. 1:10–11]. He then speaks of those Gentiles, namely us [Christians] who in every place offer sacrifices to him, that is, the bread of the Eucharist and also the cup of the Eucharist" (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 41 [A.D. 155]).
Of this Eucharist, the Martyr proclaims:
"We call this food Eucharist, and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has been washed in the washing which is for the remission of sins and for regeneration and is thereby living as Christ enjoined. For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic prayer set down by him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nurtured, is both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus" (First Apology 66 [A.D. 151]).
And St. John Chrysostom:
"What then? Do we not offer daily? Yes, we offer, but making remembrance of his death; and this remembrance is one and not many. How is it one and not many? Because this sacrifice is offered once, like that in the Holy of Holies. This sacrifice is a type of that, and this remembrance a type of that. We offer always the same, not one sheep now and another tomorrow, but the same thing always. Thus there is one sacrifice. By this reasoning, since the sacrifice is offered everywhere, are there, then, a multiplicity of Christs? By no means! Christ is one everywhere. He is complete here, complete there, one body. And just as he is one body and not many though offered everywhere, so too is there one sacrifice" (Homilies on Hebrews 17:3(6) [A.D. 403]).
"If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish”, commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors”. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he did not dare to enter, so how much less will the devil approach now when he sees, not that figurative blood on the doors, but the true blood on the lips of believers, the doors of the temple of Christ.
"If you desire further proof of the power of this blood, remember where it came from, how it ran down from the cross, flowing from the Master’s side. The gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the cross, a soldier came and pierced his side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and blood. Now the water was a symbol of baptism and the blood, of the holy eucharist. The soldier pierced the Lord’s side, he breached the wall of the sacred temple, and I have found the treasure and made it my own. So also with the lamb: the Jews sacrificed the victim and I have been saved by it.
“There flowed from his side water and blood”. Beloved, do not pass over this mystery without thought; it has yet another hidden meaning, which I will explain to you. I said that water and blood symbolized baptism and the holy eucharist. From these two sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, “the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit”, and from the holy eucharist. Since the symbols of baptism and the Eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam Moses gives a hint of this when he tells the story of the first man and makes him exclaim: “Bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh!” As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood and the water after his own death.
"Do you understand, then, how Christ has united his bride to himself and what food he gives us all to eat? By one and the same food we are both brought into being and nourished. As a woman nourishes her child with her own blood and milk, so does Christ unceasingly nourish with his own blood those to whom he himself has given life." The Catecheses of St. John Chrysostom (Cat. 3, 13-19; SC 50, 174-177)
Serapion in his prayer:
"'Holy, holy, holy Lord Sabaoth, heaven and earth is full of Your glory.' Heaven is full, and full is the earth with your magnificent glory, Lord of Virtues. Full also is this Sacrifice, with your strength and your communion; for to You we offer this living Sacrifice, this unbloody oblation.,
"To you we offer this bread, the likeness of the Body of the Only-begotten. This bread is the likeness of His holy Body because the Lord Jesus Christ, on the night on which He was betrayed, took bread and broke and gave to His disciples, saying, 'Take and eat, this is My Body, which is being broken for you, unto the remission of sins.' On this account too do we offer the Bread, to bring ourselves into the likeness of His death; and we pray: Reconcile us all, O God of truth, and be gracious to us. And just as this Bread was scattered over the mountains and when collected was made one, so too gather Your holy Church from every nation and every country and every city and village and house and make it one living Catholic Church.,
"We offer also the cup, the likeness of His Blood, because the Lord Jesus Christ took the cup after He had eaten, and He said to His disciples, 'Take, drink, this is the new covenant, which is My Blood which is being poured out for you unto the remission of sins.' For this reason too we offer the chalice, to benefit ourselves by the likeness of His Blood. O God of truth, may Your Holy Logos come upon this Bread, that the Bread may become the Body of the Logos, and on this Cup, that the Cup may become the Blood of the Truth. And make all who communicate receive the remedy of life, to cure every illness and to strengthen every progress and virtue; not unto condemnation, O God of truth, nor unto disgrace and reproach!,
"For we invoke You, the Increate, through Your Only-begotten in the Holy Spirit. Be merciful to this people, sent for the destruction of evil and for the security of Your Church. We beseech You also on behalf of all the departed, of whom also this is the commemoration: - after the mentioning of their names: - Sanctify these souls, for You know them all; sanctify all who have fallen asleep in the Lord and count them among the ranks of Your saints and give them a place and abode in your kingdom. Accept also the thanksgiving of Your people and bless those who offer the oblations and the Thanksgivings, and bestow health and integrity and festivity and every progress of soul and body on the whole of this Your people through your Only-begotten Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, as it was and is and will be in generations of generations and unto the whole expanse of the ages of ages. Amen.",
-"The Sacramentary of Serapion, Prayer of the Eucharistic Sacrifice"
Praise to Jesus for His gift among us! Indeed, the Lamb of God stands and is slain, yet He stands alive. Why such language? Because it is declared in Revelation 5 "...I saw a lamb standing as if slain [Grk. lit. 'sacrificially slaughtered']...", dead lambs do not stand, and this Lamb is none other than the Lion of Judah, the Messiah who was slain and lives forever. Revelation 5 gives no hint of the lamb's wounds being healed, but indicates that His blood is still flowing fresh. Contrast this with Revelation 13, where we are told one of the Beast's heads was slain, or in Greek literally, sacrifically slaughtered, but St. John clearly assures us the mortal wound is healed. Not so in Revelation 5. Christ, our Pascal Lamb, stands continually in the presence of His Father, His God and our God. He is High-Priest perpetual, His role never ends, and He is Sacrifice perpetual, and is given to all generations and all times. He is outside time, and so Calvary is made present when He stands before the Father as the slain Lamb, blood flowing, yet death has no power over Him, nor is He re-crucified, but He simply stands before God, and God is reminded of His Son's most excellent Sacrifice at Calvary, which is made present for us, the true Christians of the latter-days.
In Exodus 12 the Passover lamb had to be eaten, or else the rite would have been void, and the children would have been killed by the Death-Angel. As Christians we apply Christ's blood on the door-posts of our hearts, and eat His flesh, the flesh of the Lamb. Even as the Passover lambs were literally slain, and Christ was literally slain, so the Passover lambs were literally devoured, even so Christ is literally devoured by we who partake of His Supper. The Eucharist is spiritual, because we recieve Christ into our hearts at this Supper, and it is literal, because Christ infuses the bread and wine with the Passover lamb as His very self when He declared "This is my body, this is my blood."
When the Jews of Christ's day partook of Passover, they said of the bread "This is the bread of affliction which our forefathers did eat in haste." To their understanding, the very bread they truly held in their hands was of the same species of bread, and therefore in a mysterious way truly the very same bread which Moses ate at Passover. They partook in Moses' Passover. In the same way, the earliest Christians knew that the bread they held was not bread, but Christ Himself, the Passover Lamb of Calvary.
But Satan, in his attempt to take men's eyes off Christ, institutes these false and void sacrifices to the decieved, that their trust may be placed in these instead of in Jesus the Lamb, whose blood is drunk and flesh devoured by all who believe in Him.
Christendom has retained the Temple of God since Christ ascended into Heaven. It is the Church which is the true Temple of God. And they have retained the Sacrifice once and for all time: Jesus Christ Himself in the Eucharist.
The Sacrifice is also composed of the living sacrifices of Christians, who offer themselves to Christ. They are joined with the Sacrifice of Christ, becoming truly one Sacrifice, as all Christians joined together with Christ are truly One with Him, one Body. So Protestants, though they do not have a valid Eucharist, do continue an imperfect part of the Sacrifice, that is, they offer their very selves as living sacrifices for Jesus.
No Mormon may now, nor ever, offer himself as a living sacrifice to God, since he is born into mortal sin, and worships a god whom our forefathers did not know. Thus Mormons must leave their faith, and pursue Christ who alone has the ability to transform them from dead in sin to alive in His divine Truth. Then, and only then, may they partake of the true and living Sacrifice, in the true and living Temple of God.
May He draw the Mormons out of their deception, and into His marvelous Light.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.