Defending the Faith: Echoes of Aaronic Priesthood offices continue still today in the most ancient churches of Christendom

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  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    March 8, 2013 7:02 a.m.


    I would assume that you understand that "the law and the prophets" refers to the Old Testament. I am unclear why you would use this to refer to the office.

    Prophets are mentioned throughout the NT. Among Christ's titles was prophet (and he, at least obliquely, referred to himself as such).

    Finally, the warning in Matthew is to beware of false prophets makes no sense if there were to be none. The warning would simply have been there will be no more prophets. No need to distinguish between the true and the false under that scenario.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    March 7, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    RE: Qualifications: A bishop (g 1985 episkopē=episcopalian)they must be blameless, the husband of One wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach, the deacons(g 1249 diakonos) be the husbands of One wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.(1Tim 3:2,12)

    elders(g 4245,presbyteros=presbyterian) in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of One wife…(Titus 1:5,6). 1 wife only.

    RE; Michigander. God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers,..1Cor 12:28. Apostles were the first line of authority.

    For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. (Mt 11:13) The Office of prophet ended with John the Baptist.
    In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,(Heb 1:1,2)

    Authority, But as many as received him, to them gave he power( g 1849 exousia=Authority) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name(John 1:12)

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    March 7, 2013 6:30 p.m.


    Hopefully the following will answer your questions:

    1. The KJV is replete with verses about a Falling Away, Apostasy, and Restoration, of The Church of Jesus Christ of the 1st century A.D.

    2. Nowhere in the KJV or the BoM.

    3. Eph.4:11-13 (12 Apostles, 70 Evangelists, Pastors (aka, Elders - any number), and Teachers. Also Deacons and Deaconesses per other books of the New Testament. Cardinals, ArchBishops, High Priests, and Patriarchs are non-scriptural additions/alterations.

    4. Performances and ordinances of the law of Moses only - NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Aaronic priesthood done away with per Book of Hebrews and 3rd Nephi 9:19-20.

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    March 7, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    This article's view of authentic Christian Church history is a shocking rewrite. I admire Dr. Petersen on many levels, but I expect more from his academic training. Maybe we could get together with some inter-denominational scholars and share the non-LDS, evangelical and/or Bible-Only positions.

    Where is Mormon priesthood a restoration of any previous priesthood order, ancient or (even) 19th-century?
    Where else in factual, practiced brotherhood-ritual do we find some of Joseph's original temple rites, (now abandoned)?
    Why do LDS claim their priesthood is Biblical, but they do not follow the Apostle Paul's explicit format or callings?
    What was the Aaronic priesthood's mandatory tribe and duties?

    There are ancient Christian church groups/denominations which Dr. Petersen did not reference, whose origins have never intersected with Catholic, Greek Orthodox or other 2nd-5th century ecclesia.

    It isn't that we have to agree with each other's traditions or doctrines. But we certainly must maintain historical accuracy and translation integrity, right?

  • fkratz Portland, OR
    March 7, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    One has to wonder how many "priesthoods" have existed in the many religions which have existed on the planet since written records were kept?

    It seems as if there must always be someone who is positioned between the believer and God and who makes certain (hopefully), that the correct dictates have been taught and/or followed.

    And so most religions seem to have a structure whereby the faithful are forever guided toward eventual bliss and reward; believing alone apparently isn't sufficient. Such a job seems like a lot to take on given that one human may in some way be responsible for the eternity of another.

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    March 7, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Thank God someone in Michigan knows their Bible, has read Hebrews and can read a simple text without inserting 19th-century additions. Where are the Greek scholars, the (non-LDS) Christian Church History professors?

    Dr. Petersen can read the New Testament in Arabic, has access to a Greek Interlinear, I'm sure, and can translate Hebrews 7:24 for us:
    Christ holds His Melchizedek position as High Priest "permanently"/aparabatos (Strong's #531), not transferring it to a successor. Check any reputable Greek Bible dictionary on the planet. The entire message of Hebrews is that the Sacrifice, the High Priest and our Advocate are complete in Jesus Christ, our Messiah, Lord and Savior- Hebrews 10:10-25.

    "By this we will have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
    For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."
    Heb. 10: 10,14

    Job of High Priest over. His priestly office/hierōsynē (Gr., Strong's #2520) is "aparabatos"= perpetual, non-transferrable to successors, unchangeable, permanent.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    March 7, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    The Aaronic Priesthood was done away with at the Great and Last Sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, according to the Book of Hebrews in the KJV. It was one of many false teachings/practices Joseph Smith introduced into the restored church. Teachers and Deacons are helps/assistants to the one and only one Priesthood - the Priesthood after the order of the Son of God. This is what we believe and practice in The Church of Jesus Christ [WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania]. The days of the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood with their daily animal and fowl sacrifices have been over for almost 2000 years - since the death, burial, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ in 30 A.D.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    March 7, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    Often in Catholicism I see what appear to be remnants of the gospel as I know it now.

  • vaase ,
    March 7, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Isn't that's why it's called the Apostosy?