A recent article in the Transcript Bulletin delivered some troubling news: the LDS Church is building a Temple in Tooele County. The news is troubling to Christians and former LDS members alike, as well as those still connected with that institution who have been adversely impacted by the “religious” behavior of the more devout.
Christians cannot help being troubled when the LDS Church continues to promote itself as being “Christian.” Yet, their leaders’ writings and teachings until recent times have significantly maligned Christianity.
I understand that the LDS temple would provide a more convenient means for members to comply with actions to achieve the highest degree of acceptance by their god, by adhering to their religious requirements. But why? We know that the biblical temple system has been done away with.
The biblical Jewish temple was used to give the means by which to atone for sins. The High Priest would go behind the veil in the most holy place to make atonement for the sins of the people. It required the shed blood of a spotless animal, one without blemishes or flaws. When Jesus Christ as the High Priest without flaws was crucified, the temple veil, which separated man from God, was torn in two. But not from the bottom — as something man could do — but from the top down. Heaven itself removed the barrier that long separated man from God. (See Matthew 27:51 and Mark 15:38).
This action gave man the ability to approach God directly, to no longer need temples built by hands. Jesus Christ now sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession on behalf of those who come before Him in faith by the finished work at the cross.
God made it clear in scripture: a building was no longer needed to do acts to satisfy requirements to please Him. It was a body He prepared through His Son to satisfy this once and for all. (See Hebrews 10:1-23). There is a difference between man needing a building to satisfy God, and Himself being the Temple of God. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher for those who place their faith in Him. They are now His Body, in which He dwells. (See 1 Corinthians 12:12,13).
To the LDS: Build your Temple to earn the favor of your institution and your god. We, who are followers of Christ, will love you as He does for His sake and His Kingdom, even while you live in your own. We pray that by the Grace of God, yet another veil will be torn down: one separating the LDS church and its members from the truth of the gospel. (See Galatians 1:1-9).
Robert Scott Thiessens