Quote: Robert McNiece on Blood Atonement in Mormonism

Quote for 3/15/16. McNiece, a Presbyterian minister wrote the following in an article about Mormonism. He lived in Utah and studied LDS theology first hand in the 1870s and 80s. Blood Atonement in Mormonism is a dangerous teaching, for it logically implies that the atonement of Christ is not sufficient to cleanse one of all their sin.

And now to cap the climax of all these blasphemous and horrid doctrines is one which is the most horrid of all, namely: the doctrine of Blood Atonement. According to this terrible doctrine there are some sins which cannot be forgiven or atoned for except by cutting the throat of the man who committed them, and pouring out his blood as an atonement. Three of these sins are apostasy, disclosing the secrets of the Endowment House, and marital unfaithfulness on the part of a wife. It has been taught by the head men of the Church that it is a meritorious act for any Saint to spill the blood of a person guilty of any of these sins. That there may be no doubt about the correctness of these statements concerning this most horrible doctrine, the following extracts are taken from Brigham Young’s published sermons:

“There are sins that men commit for which they cannot receive forgiveness in this world or the world to come, and if they had their eyes open to see their true condition they would be perfectly willing to have their blood spilt upon the ground, that the smoke thereof might ascend to Heaven as an offering for their sins, and the smoking incense would atone for their sins, whereas if such is not the case, they will stick to them and remain with them in the spirit world.”

On another occasion he said:

“I could refer you to plenty of instances where men have been righteously slain in order to atone for their sins. I have seen scores and hundreds of people for whom there would have been a chance (in the last resurrection there will be) if their lives had been taken and their blood spilled on the ground as a smoking incense to the Almighty, but who are now angels to the devil until our elder brother, Jesus Christ, raises them up and conquers death, hell, and the grave.”

Robert G. McNiece, “Mormonism,” The Presbyterian Review II, no. 5–8 (1881): 339.

No less an authority than Brigham Young is cited here. This is not a doctrine which can be ignored by any faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.