The Book Of Mormon is called “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” by the LDS Church. The Title Page in the Book Of Mormon says specifically… “The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ”. I was reading some material earlier this morning and something about this title hit me hard… the word TESTAMENT. Why do they use that word? What does it mean?
The word Testament literally means “Covenant”. The Old Testament in The Bible is the recording of God’s dealings with man under the “Old Testament” or “Old Covenant” of sacrifice. However, when Jesus Christ came to earth He established a “New Testament” or “New Covenant” with man based upon His sacrifice. There are several verses throughout the New Testament which speak about this switch from an Old Testament/Covenant to the New Testament/Covenant.
Luke 22:20 “…after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.””
2 Corinthians 3:6 “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Hebrews 8:13 “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.”
Hebrews 9:15 “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
Let me explain why this hit me so hard. Since “Testament” literally means “Covenant”, the LDS Church is literally saying that the Book of Mormon is establishing ANOTHER “COVENANT” OF JESUS CHRIST. Another Covenant? Why? Was the Covenant Christ established based upon His sacrifice not GOOD enough? Why do we need another Covenant? What is the basis of this New “New Covenant” established by the Book of Mormon?
This got me to thinking a little more… Joseph Smith took this very position when he established the doctrine of plural/eternal marriage. D&C 132:4 says:
” For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory. ”
Section 132 goes on to explain that this New and Everlasting Covenant is the Covenant of Eternal/Plural Marriage and Theosis (man can become a God). Plural Marriage was forbidden by the LDS Church in 1890 due to political pressure. Since that time the “New and Everlasting Covenant” now simply involves Theosis and Eternal Marriage.
The stance of the LDS Church is that the New Covenent of Jesus Christ was “upgraded” to the “New and Everlasting Covenant” through Joseph Smith. I simply ask why? Why do we need this? Why was Christ’s New Covenant not good enough? Based upon what do we need a “New and Everlasting Covenant” to replace the “New Covenant”? Personally, I believe the New Covenant established by Christ was “Everlasting Enough” for me. I will praise Him forever!!