Mormon Apostle Jedidiah M. Grant taught,
“the grand reason why the Gentiles and philosophers of his school persecuted Jesus Christ, was because He had so many wives… The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples, causing his crucifixion, was evidently based on polygamy… a belief in the doctrine of plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus, and his followers. We might almost think they were ‘Mormons.'” (Apostle Jedediah M. Grant, Second Counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency, Journal of Discourses, 1:345-346)
Mormon Apostle Heber C. Kimball taught,
“Christ was married—indeed that Christ was married to both Mary and Martha and that the famous wedding of Cana was in reality Christ’s own wedding.” (Biography of Apostle Heber C. Kimball, 275)
Brigham Young taught,
“The Scripture says that He, the Lord, came walking in the Temple, with His train; I do not know who they were, unless His wives and children.” (The Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:309)
Jesus had to fulfill all the commandments in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:15) Part of the commandment of Mormonism’s “New and Everlasting Covenant” is marriage, according to Doctrine and Covenants 132. “For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory,” says Doctrine and Covenants 88:22. So in order for one to reach the highest kingdom in Mormonism, the Celestial Kingdom, Mormons must be married. Jesus Christ evidently had to do the same. As Jedidiah Grant said, the people might almost think Jesus and his followers were Mormons because they practiced polygamy!
Umm, yeah right. Jedidiah Grant’s comments are very disrespectful toward the actual reason why Christ died on the cross: He died for our sins.
Jesus Christ our Lord was not persecuted and crucified because of polygamy. Jesus did not practice polygamy.
Sorry, Mormonism: wrong again.
Being married is not required in order to get into heaven. The Apostle Paul may have been married before he started his ministry, given he spoke so much wisdom on marriage. However, he was unmarried later in his life. Paul said he wished all men were like himself… unmarried. However, Paul says: “But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.” (1 Corinthians 7:6-7, NKJV) In Christianity, marriage is an option, one that is totally up to the believer. Paul says something that blows Mormonism out of the water: “But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife..” (1 Corinthians 7:32-33, NKJV) In Mormonism, it is not possible for one to care for the things of the Lord without being married in order to fulfill celestial law.
In Mormonism, marriage is essential to reach the Celestial Kingdom. According to Mormonism, marriage is not optional for the highest glory, it is required. In Mormonism, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon were justified by their polygamy. (Doctrine and Covenants 132:1) Mormonism says this about not entering into marriage and polygamy: “If ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.” (Doctrine and Covenants 132:4) Marriage in Mormonism is not a concession, but a commandment. The Apostle Paul suggests that people don’t get married, though it is not a command; on the other hand, Joseph Smith commands that people get married.
Oh, brother! No pressure for the rank-in-file Mormon… right?
Here is the good news:
Jesus Christ is married… to His Church!!!! The Church is His body of believers… US! Jesus Christ is the bridegroom and the His church is the bride! (Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:19; Luke 5:34; Revelation 19:7, 21:2, 9-10, 22:17) Christ is actually coming back for His pure bride. The true Church of Jesus Christ is us! We are the body He is coming back for! Mormonism says His Church is an organization. No. His Church is an organism, it is the body of believers. We are the bride! As the Church of Jesus Christ, we need to be ready for His return! Christ is not coming back for an organization, He is coming back for His people!
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)
…Amen to that!