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.

Quote: Robert McNiece on Polytheism in Mormonism

Quote for 3/11/16. Today’s quote is from a Presbyterian academic journal published in 1881. The author, Robert McNiece, spent 3 years living in Utah to study Mormonism and wrote the following in regard to their polytheism (i.e. the existence of many gods).

In the first place, Mormon theology is based on rank polytheism. The Mormon people are not only taught to believe in a plurality of gods, but to entertain ideas of the Divine Being which are connected with the grossest corporealism. They ridicule the idea that God is a Spirit, as Christ taught in John 4:24. One of their standard works is called a “Key to the Science of Theology.” It was written by Parley P. Pratt, who, while he lived, was one of their leading men, being one of the Twelve Apostles. This work is used as a text-book among the people; and this is what it says in confirmation of the statement that the Mormons are polytheists and have grossly corporeal ideas concerning the Deity:

“It will be recollected that the last chapter recognizes a family of Gods, or, in other words, a species of beings who have physical tabernacles of flesh and bones in the form of man, but so constructed as to be capable of eternal life.…
“A General Assembly, Quorum, or Grand Council of the Gods, with their President at their head, constitute the designing and creating power.… Wisdom inspires the Gods to multiply their species, and to lay the foundation for all the forms of life, to increase in numbers, and for each to enjoy himself in the sphere to which he is adapted.” (Chap. vi., pp. 46–47, 4th Liverpool edition).

Robert G. McNiece, “Mormonism,” The Presbyterian Review II, no. 5–8 (1881): 336.

It is a cherished practice of Mormons to say that Christians misrepresent their beliefs. You will note how McNiece quotes their own authorities in support of his research and conclusions.