The Mormon Faith & Black Folks
Question #14

Q. Isn't a denial of the Priesthood to one group of people a form of discrimination?

A, Yes. To 'discriminate' means to choose one thing over others. The LORD chose Israel over other nations to be His Covenant People, His Chosen People. Moses said to Israel:

"For thou art a holy people unto the LORD, thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth." (Deut. 7:6)

"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar [special] people unto himself, above all the nations of the earth." (Deut. 14:2)

Other Prophets have written:

"O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen ones." (1 Chronicles 16:13)

"For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar [special] treasure." (Psalms 135:4)

The LORD has commanded us that we cannot discriminate against our fellow man. But the LORD can, and has, and does. Out of all the tribes of Israel, His chosen people, He chose one to be His Priesthood. Of all the tribes of Israel, only the Levites (descendants of Levi, one of the sons of Jacob) was elected by Him to be His priests.

Think of that for a moment!

Of all the nations of the earth, He chooses one nation (Israel) to be His chosen people. And out of all the tribes of Israel , He elects one to be His Priesthood. Only the Levites, of all the Tribes of Israel, held His Priesthood. They were the Elect of the Chosen Ones of God.

Before Priests could serve in the Jewish Temple they had to be washed with water, anointed with holy oil, and dressed in the special garments of the Holy Priesthood:

"And the LORD speak unto Moses, saying,

2 Take Aaron and the garments, and the anointing oil,...


6 And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.

7 And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him thereof." (Leviticus 8:2,6-7)

The name He gives for His Elect People is not 'Christian', but 'Saint'; a word meaning "set apart for a special divine purpose". These are the Latter-Days, and of all the Christian churches today only One has the Hebrew Priesthood. Only One has that same Priesthood that Jesus ordained His Apostles to: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Yes, the LORD can and does discriminate, but we cannot discriminate. The Holy Priesthood of the LDS Church is not from men, but from God. And He has the right to do with it as He sees fit.

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