This heretical policy all started with Brigham Young and his declaration in 1852 that blacks could no longer be ordained to the priesthood, and sadly and shamefully lasted until 1978.
What were the reasons put forth to explain and justify this policy by God’s prophet? (Yes, it was nothing but a policy and not based on any commandment or revelation from God)
These were the main reasons put forth justifying this travesty:
Claiming the curse of Cain applied to all those with black skin, who were descendants of him and thus cursed also.
The belief that Blacks had been less valiant in the pre-existence and were thus being punished.
The belief Blacks are less intelligent.
The belief they were supposed to be servants.
The belief that it was a sin to intermarry with them.
The belief they were not fit to hold any office of authority.
Those are all awful, hateful, racist reasons and have no basis in scripture, as they contradict the basic laws of the gospel of Jesus Christ and simple logic.
I am not going to go through and refute each one of them by the scriptures, even though it can be done as there is a far simpler way to prove this is and always was a false doctrine. However I am going to include the following scripture from the Book of Mormon which always contradicted Brigham’s doctrine: 2 Nephi 26:33
- For none of these iniquities(injustices) come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.
So I have a question. While this policy of man was in effect, over an unbelievable 126 years in a church claiming continuous revelation, was there any other established doctrine which completely contradicted and refuted it at the same time?
Yes, there was and it proved this racist doctrine false the whole time.
Lets turn to Moroni chapter 8 and start reading:
8 Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me.
12 But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism!
14 Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell.
15 For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism.
16 Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear.
22 For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing—
and in Mosiah 15: 25 And little children also have eternal life.
And finally a revelation received by Joseph Smith in 1836 and recorded in D&C 137:10 And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.
The doctrine of the restored church has been that ALL children who die before the age of accountability will inherit celestial glory and eternal life. This is taught as the pinnacle of what is possible and only the most righteous followers of Jesus Christ will receive this reward. This doctrine has never been challenged or changed in the church.
Now do you see the problem with Brigham Young and his racist policy towards blacks contradicting the doctrine of Jesus Christ regarding little children? It is a massive and irreconcilable contradiction which for some reason he missed(or ignored) and which has also been disregarded by all the leaders after him, who also ignored it and kept this evil policy in place for almost another 101 years after BY died.
How did they miss this? Why did they miss this?
How many millions of Black children do you think have died under the age of eight since Brigham’s ban was put into place?
Did a little searching on Google and came up with this statistic: In Africa there are 2.6 million deaths of little children under the age of 5 each year due to under-nutrition. That is a lot of Black children who go to the celestial kingdom isn’t it? Assuming this is pretty accurate, if we were to add up all the Black children who died under the age of 8 from 1852 until 1978 we would have a huge number wouldn’t we? Definitely more than 15 million, which is what the ENTIRE membership of the LDS church currently stands at.
Although I can’t find the yearly statistics to prove this my guess is way more than 100 million black children under the age of 8 died during that period and were saved in the Celestial Kingdom. One hundred million righteous, valiant, intelligent and much loved spirit children of our Father who were born into temporary physical bodies that just happened to have black skins. There haven’t even been 100 million members of the church in the entire history of the church. That is a lot of proof we shouldn’t put our trust in men and their works.
And yet according to Brigham none of those millions of Black children were valiant enough, intelligent enough or worthy enough for that blessing or even far lesser ones. According to him they were all cursed and fit only to be servants to superior people like him. Guess God disagreed with him.
And here’s a thought: How many white children do you think died before the age of eight during that same period? That would be an interesting comparison wouldn’t it? If it was proven that more black children than white children died under the age of eight what would that say about who is more righteous? More valiant? More intelligent?
Something to think about, isn’t it?
It also leads to the ironic conclusion it is much better to die before the age of eight if you want to go to the Celestial Kingdom, doesn’t it? 7.5 million children die a year who are under the age of five. Every 2 years the equivalent of the whole membership of the entire church make it to the celestial kingdom, all without any help whatsoever from the church. Between 2000 and 2010 at least 92 million children have died and gone to the Celestial Kingdom, again, all without the slightest help from the LDS church, its money, its temples and its leaders. None of them ever followed a prophet. That is sobering. Starvation and disease is more likely to get you into the celestial kingdom then a ‘living prophet’, apostles, changing doctrines and policies, endless meetings, donations, programs, correlation, rules and callings. Who would have thunk?
The real question one should ask is why did it take so long for the presidents, apostles and other prominent leaders of the church who succeeded Brigham to get rid of this obviously false doctrine? Why did they teach two completely opposing doctrines for so long without ever seeing their hypocrisy? What happened to continuous revelation and the constantly chanted mantra that God would never allow His servants to lead His church astray? It’s obvious somebody isn’t telling the truth here, isn’t it?
Racism is evil. It is not of God and not condoned by Him. We are to Love our Neighbors regardless of their color, race or nationality and treat all people as we want to be treated. Spirits don’t have a race or nationality. Those are just ways man has come up with to discriminate and separate and excuses to hate, harm, divide and control others. We are all God’s children, equally loved and valued. Skin color or race is no indication of where we stand in God’s favor or love. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar.