Thirty-five years ago one Mormon “prophet” decided to capriciously make a liar out of an earlier Mormon “prophet.”
In June 1978, Spencer W. Kimball, then President of the Mormon Church, decided to lift the ban on all black persons, thereby allowing them to be participants in the pseudo-priesthood of Mormonism.
The move by Kimball effectively made a false prophet out of the second President of Mormonism, Brigham Young, who declared that the negro would not be eligible for the Mormon priesthood until all the white guys, or descendents from Abel, received their priesthood blessings first.
Today, several are reminiscing on Kimball’s declaration, but by-and-large are completely ignoring that several of the doctrines which led to the banishment of blacks in the first place are still in effect in Mormonism.
For instance, the whole goofy idea that everyone lived in a pre-mortal spiritual state, having been conceived through some kind of sexual union between Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, is still actively promoted among Mormons.
Then, there is the fictitious war that supposedly broke out in heaven, when Satan got all upset over HF accepting Jesus’ plan (Satan’s “spirit-brother”), rather than his to redeem mankind, who had not even fallen yet.
The war in heaven is really about another pagan idea that is bandied about in many Evangelical circles, and that is “Free Will.” Mormons believe that Satan wanted to vanquish man’s free will to choose and simply save everyone.
Jesus, on the other hand, wished to protect human free will, and let men go to hell (or heaven), if they so chose. HF was at the mercy of the sinner, waiting for him to make up his mind, rather than the sinner being at the mercy of HF.
All of the foregoing translated into a very bad plot for the negro. Because, the negro was not always black. His black skin is part of a curse placed on him when he did not fight valiantly for God during the war in heaven.
President Joseph Fielding Smith wrote,
There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:61).
Shortly thereafter he would conclude, “The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits” (ibid., 1:66).
But, it doesn’t stop there. Since all the unfaithful, less-than-valiant,” spirits were now cursed with black skins when they came to earth, they exacerbated their plight by coming through the lineage of Cain.
Cain was white, who turned black, when he killed his white brother, Abel. In fact, he apparently changed his race due to his indiscretion as well.
The “mark” (Gen. 4:15) that God placed on him for his murder has been interpreted by Mormons, and many Evangelicals, to be a black skin, even though there is nothing in the biblical text to warrant such a conclusion.
Of course, the Mormon hierarchy has tried to put a racial band-aid on the specious conclusion by saying that the negro is only being punished for the actual sins he did commit, which were committed where? Why, in heaven, in the pre-mortal state, eons ago!
But, in 1978, all things changed, with the exception of one thing. At that time the black man could receive all that Brigham Young said he could, but he retained the “mark:” his black skin.
According to the Book of Mormon, when the black man, or Gentile and a black man, received the Mormon gospel and repented, “their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people” (2 Nephi 30:6, 1830 edition).
In other words, those of Cain’s descendents would revert back to being “white and delightsome,” rather than cursed and “disadvantaged.”
Yet, there remains an untold number of black men and women in Mormonism, the former of which are now priesthood holders. So, what happened?
What happened is that the whole racist story about the negro’s curse leading up to the ban was found to be bogus, just like everything else in Mormonism, and those same negroes are either spiritually duped (just like anyone else who might buy in Mormonism), ignorant of Mormon history and doctrine, or they simply have no idea what the Bible teaches.
There was no pre-mortal existence where a male deity copulated with a female deity to create “spirit babies.”
There was no war in heaven, since the biblical passage which speaks of a war in heaven is yet to come (Rev. 12:7). Moreover, Satan has not been cast out of heaven. That is yet to come as well (Rev. 12:10).
There was no council held in heaven to debate the merits of who had the better plan of salvation. That is something that is of God, solely, and is non-negotiable or debatable.
The whole free-will doctrine nonsense that Mormons espouse is fraught with one biblical and logical inconsistency after another. Not only does it put God at the mercy of fallen man, it actually exalts fallen man to the place of God, which is what the serpent tempted Eve with in the Garden of Eden.
As already noted, a man’s skin color has nothing to do with the fantasy story told by the Mormons. It especially had nothing to do with the serpent seed doctrine that Mormons like to hang their hats upon, much less Cain’s murder of his brother Abel.
Men and women have a particular skin color because of God’s providential creation of them, and skin color has nothing to do with moral innocence or culpability.
That said, the whole “The black man has to wait until whitey gets his first” is not only extremely offensive, regardless of whether or not a person is a Christian. It is purely diabolical.
Sin is what separates men from men, and men from God. It’s not their skin color. Moreover, it is God’s grace that unites men with men, and men to God. It’s not their self-righteous actions leading to a change of skin color to “white and delightsome.”
So, thirty-five years have now past since one false Mormon prophet exposed another false Mormon prophet over the race issue. Several will talk all around what led the Mormons to their conclusions, with very few addressing what remains in Mormonism and just how racist it remains.
Because if those doing the talking actually did get into the nitty-gritty of thinking hard about history and beliefs, then they would soon find that they either had to conclude that the Mormon Church is not doing anyone a favor by hiding behind a facade of prophetic revelation and human sensitivity or that the pundits, writers, and those doing the opining were complicit in promoting false beliefs and racism themselves.
For those who do address Mormonism as the continuing racist entity that it is, and do so by intelligently pointing out the history and beliefs inherent in Mormonism which led to their conclusion, all that can be said is “thank you.” You are few and far between.
Not only do you do the human race a service by exposing the falsehoods as they are, you are to be commended for revisiting the darkness of Mormon racism and the continuing blight it is up society, and not attempting to revise it by bringing it up and failing to expose it for just how ugly it is and why.