Brigham Young once taught that “man is the king of kings and lord of lords in embryo.” (Brigham Young, April and May 1863, Journal of Discourses 10:223) Contrary to this false prophet, according to the Bible, Jesus, and Jesus Christ alone is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 17:14)
Mormon prophet John Taylor taught that man “is a God in embryo, and possesses within him a spark of that eternal flame which was struck from the blaze of God’s eternal fire in the eternal world…” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 2)
John Henry Evans, a 19th century Mormon writer and educator, wrote the following blasphemous statement:
“In Mormonism man is the center. Everything converges in him. All spiritual forces of the universe find a focus in him, with a view to his development. The earth was created for his benefit. It is to be his permanent home, his heaven of the hereafter. Also man is, literally and not figuratively, the child of God, and as such inherits nature and potentialities of his Parents of the spirit, God, therefore, is watchfully anxious for the welfare of his child–more than any earthly parent could be. In a sense God exists for the glory of man, not man for the glory of God, as in the age-old Christian dogma.” (John Henry Evans, Joseph Smith an American Prophet, p. 226)
Evans has it backwards. In truth, man exists for the glory of God. Everything converges in God. All spiritual forces of the universe find focus in Him… God!
Joseph Fielding Smith, a Mormon prophet, taught: “Man is eternal; …he has always existed, and that all life on this earth came from elsewhere…” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation 1:74)
This is dangerous ground, for God is the only one who has always been eternal. Man is a created being. From dust man came, and to dust man shall return. (see Genesis 2:7)
Woe unto those who give glory to man, such as in LDS hymnal, “Praise to the Man,” giving honor to Joseph Smith. There is no other name by which man may be saved other than the name of Jesus Christ. Look around you in the world today, did God really come into existence for the glory of man, or has God always been in existence and created man for His own glory? Yes, the latter. Let us not forget who the Sovereign Judge over the whole universe is. He loves us, and we must not only love Him, but fear Him. If man was more important or central to be glorified rather than God, then men should fear men, but this is not the case. Men should fear God, as scripture states in Matthew 10:28 (NIV):
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
As the Christian metal band For Today sings in its lyrics to the song “Foundation”:
I have built my life on the rock of my salvation, and I will not be moved from my firm foundation.
I will not be moved from my firm foundation. I will stand on the Word of my God, with everything.
I’m not ashamed to say I will stand.
The sword of Truth in my hand is conquering every demon’s stronghold.
So I will not let you go.
I will not let you go. I will not let you go.
Through these trials, I will stand.
The Bible really does stand. We can trust in every single thing that the Bible teaches. It’s time to not wade in the gray areas anymore, because in this day and age, we need to stand up for the Truth. Jesus is coming back soon, it is the eleventh hour, and we need to get right with God! Praise the Lord that we are still in the dispensation of grace, and He has allowed us to choose. We have such a gift of choice, but what will we do with that gift? We need to honor the Lord with choosing Him to be our Lord and Savior. Remember, He becomes your Savior first, because He first saves you, and then secondly, the Lord of your life because we’ve allowed Him to be Lord over our lives.
All praise, glory, worship, and honor be to Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God!