Mormons… What Have You Consecrated Your Life To?

When Mormons attend the Temple to receive their Endowment they make several covenants.  One of the covenants is known as the Law of Consecration.  It is stated as follows…

“…you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.”

While Mormon I saw nothing wrong with this covenant.  However, since becoming Christian I have committed my life to Jesus Christ alone, and have started to view things differently.  I have asked myself a few questions… When I made this covenant, who was I committing or consecrating my life to?  Was I promising to give my life to Jesus Christ or was I giving my life to an organization? 

I find the wording to be very interesting… you consecrate your  lives to THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS… an institution.  It does NOT say you consecrate your lives to Jesus Christ.   Why is this? 

When I have asked Mormons about this they usually respond with something to the effect of… “When you are consecrating your life to the LDS Church you ARE consecrating it to Jesus Christ because the church is His representative on the earth.”  However, I find this argument quite weak… for it is these same individuals who are quick to distinguish the church from Jesus Christ when you point out many of the wrong things the church and it’s leaders have said and done.  They will say, “Well, the church is not perfect… it is led by men who are weak and imperfect.”  Why are they so quick to separate Jesus Christ and the Church in one instance yet so ready to tie the two together when it comes to the Law of Consecration? 

I would submit that the only thing one should consecrate themselves to is Jesus Christ… consecrating yourself to anything else is idolatry.  You are placing something else BEFORE Christ in your life.  The first and greatest commandment according to Jesus is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Consecrating oneself to anything other than Him and Him alone is certainly NOT being obedient to this commandment.

Darrell

  • ladonnamorrell

    wow darrell,

    you are “brave”. do you also remember that God will not be mocked?
    by “revealing” temple covenants you are showing an incredible lack of respect and leaving yourself open to condemnation from God. better watch out for sudden bursts of lightening!

  • I can understand how you feel Ladonna… I really can. I am sorry if you find this offensive… I do not mean it to be. Unfortunately, doing the Lord’s work will sometimes offend people.

    At times it is necessary to openly discuss things which are done in secret. The Mormon Church does not tell people what they are going to do in the Temple UNTIL they are actually there and asked to do them. IMO it is good to warn people that if they join the LDS Church and go through the Temple, among other things, they are going to be asked to commit idolatry…. which is a SERIOUS sin. Just because Mormons ask that this not be discussed does mean we should not discuss it. Why should I abide by the LDS Church’s wishes when doing so may prevent me from warning someone about the sins they will committ in the temple? If a sin is being committed in secret why should we keep it secret? If sexual immorality were taking place in the temple (WHICH IT IS NOT) would we not feel an inherent desire to warn people about that? Why should we warn people about sexual immorality and not idolatry? Both are sins.

    In addition, keep in mind that I do not view this as mocking God. To me, the LDS Church is NOT what it professes to be… it is an organization that teaches false doctrine. Exposing the sins and lies that it teaches in secret is one way to demonstrate this to people.

    Darrell

  • ladonnamorrell

    Idolatry?? what are you talking about? that is comical. and just what do YOU think the LDS church professes to be? What is false about what it teaches?

  • Ladonna,

    My post addressed specifically how it is idolatry. When one goes to the temple they consecrate their life to a church organization not to Christ. Please reread it.

    As for what is false about the teachings of the Mormon Church… numerous things. I have several posts under the Mormonism category which address some of them.

    Have a good night!

    Darrell

  • Charlie

    “I am sorry if you find this offensive… I do not mean it to be.”

    Of course you meant it to be offensive, Darrel. Stop trying to sound so polite. No amount of “kind” words can speak louder than your base actions. You get upset when readers get a little heated in their responses, but your words are way more offensive. IMO, your beat-around-the-bush, passive-aggressive jabs are shallow. And let’s not pretend like you don’t know what you are doing.

  • Charlie,

    Are you here to actually discuss things, or are you just going to chime in with offensive mindless remarks? If you want to have an intelligent discussion, I am all for it (and I mean that very seriously). In the meantime, please understand that neither Billy or I will play along with the meaningless (and truly they are meaningless) attacks.

    God Bless!

    Darrell

  • Charlie

    Nope, not here to discuss things. I just wanted to let you know that you’re not fooling anyone. Likewise, your attacks on the Mormon Church and all other religions are truly meaningless as well. I know you call it spreading the “truth”, but it is what it is.

  • Charlie,

    Sorry that you feel that way. If you change your mind and decide you want to have a discussion, feel free to drop back by. God Bless and have a Merry Christmas!

    Darrell