“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:4-9, NLT).
This verse from the book of Deuteronomy provides us understanding about the first five (5) of the ten (10) commandments. This verse is quoted by the Messiah in Mark 12.
“One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31, NLT).
Many people have used this verse from Mark (in addition to other gospels) to say we have new commandments. This idea of a “new” commandment comes from various circles. Christians, Denver Snuffer followers, the LDS Church, and various other people and groups.
What these people either do not know or do not care is that the commandments mentioned in Mark 12 are a summarization of the Ten Commandments given in Exodus 20. The Ten Commandments are necessary to any civilization to prosper because we care and are recognizing from whom the blessings and cursings come. The Ten Commandments cannot be separated from the scriptures.
LDS people are a very idolatrous people. LDS people, whether part of the LDS Church, various fundamentalist groups, or associated with Denver Snuffer typically worship a man instead of God. LDS people will typically fall back upon the idea of carte blanche authority to justify teaching people to simply follow leaders blindly.
People that are in the throes of idolatry become angry when their idols are questioned. Queen Jezebel became angry when Elijah questioned if Baal was a god. People often worship more than one god, and like older civilizations, people believed various parts of the earth, the heavens, and elements were under the control of various gods. The Queen of Heaven, in various names and forms, was the sexual liaison of Baal. Both pagan deities are condemned in scripture and those that worship them are also condemned.
There is one God alone, and those practicing priestcraft would place themselves between the people and God. Priestcraft is not only found in religious circles. Priestcraft is also found in corporations and politics. The Book of Mormon defines priestcraft for us. “He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.” (2 Nephi 26:29)
Those practicing priestcraft will introduce a “new” law to replace what God has already commanded. The worship of men, such as LDS leaders, Denver Snuffer, and Warren Jeffs, etc. are what replace the worship of the true God. This brings us back to Deut 6 and Mark 12. When we replace the Ten Commandments, the scriptures, with some other idol, we will not we will not understand Deut 6 and Mark 12, will choose to ignore them (declare them obsolete or unworthy of study because of imperfection or replacement), or will mock the scriptures. One way to find know if people are involved in priestcraft is by their behavior. Those involved in priestcraft will always exclude those deemed “unworthy” by some arbitrary standard.
This author has yet to see any word from Denver Snuffer, the LDS Church leaders, and various other LDS/Mormon groups condemning idol worship. All that has come out from these groups is the idea of following the leader(s) without question.
For previous civilizations in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the idol worship was always condemned, in any form. There is never any acceptable form of idol worship. Any man or woman that comes claiming to be a prophet or prophetess, claiming to speak with God, or claiming to speak with any other deity should be scrutinized by the God’s word, meaning does the prophet or prophetess teach the people the Commandments of God or other commandments, essentially teaching the people to go after other Gods.
Who will you follow? The Creator of Heaven and Earth, or some other deity proclaimed by men.
This author will always compare the words of any man that claims to be speaking for God with what God has already revealed in the scriptures. I believe in a God of Justice and Mercy. Not a God of emotional roller-coasters, confusion, and arbitrary standards.