Lie #4 – Blacks would some day have the Priesthood
President Young said that at some future day, black Church members would ‘have [all] the privilege and more” enjoyed by other members.’
What is wrong with this statement? In reality Brigham Young did not say this would happen at some general “future day” – he said it would happen at a specific future day. This is a major point. The impression is given it could happen any time the Lord said to the leaders to go ahead, but that is not what Brigham Young (or Joseph Smith) taught.
Brigham Young taught it could not happen before Abel came forward in the resurrection and his children outnumbered those of Cain – that did not happen before or by 1978:
Now I tell you what I know: when the mark was put upon Cain, Abel’s children were in all probability young; the Lord told Cain that he should not receive the blessings of the Priesthood, nor his seed, until the last of the posterity of Abel had received the Priesthood, until the redemption of the earth. If there never was a prophet or apostle of Jesus Christ [that] spoke it before, I tell you, this people that are commonly called Negroes are the children of old Cain. I know they are; I know that they cannot bear rule in the Priesthood, for the curse on them was to remain upon them until the residue of the posterity of Michael and his wife receive the blessings the seed of Cain would have received had they not been cursed, and hold the keys of the Priesthood until the times of the restitution shall come, and the curse be wiped off from the earth and from Michael’s seed. Then Cain’s seed will be had in remembrance and the time come when the curse should be wiped off.
Now, then, in the Kingdom of God on the earth, a man who has the African blood in him cannot hold one jot nor tittle of Priesthood. Why? Because they are the true eternal principles the Lord Almighty has ordained, and who can help it? Men cannot, the angels cannot, and all the powers ofearth and hell cannot take it off; but thus saith the Eternal I am, what I am, Itake it off at my pleasure, and not one particle of power can that posterity of Cain have until the time comes that says he will have it taken away.
… Were the children of God to mingle their seed with the seed of Cain it would not only bring the curse of being deprived of the power of the priesthood upon themselves but they entail it upon their children after them, and they cannot get rid of it.” (Brigham Young Addresses 2:77, 5 January 1852)
“Whenever the seed of Judah mingled with the seed of Cain, they lost their Priesthood and all blessings. As an ensample – let the Presidency, Twelve, Seventies, High Priests, Bishops, and all the Authorities say, now we will all go and mingle with the seed of Cain and they may have all the privileges they want. We lift our hands to heaven in support of this – that moment we lose the Priesthood and all blessings, and we would not be redeemed until Cain was.” (Brigham Young Addresses 2:81, 5 January 1852)
And if he (a Canaanite) continues faithful until Abel’s race is satisfied with his blessings, then may the race of Cain receive a fullness of the priesthood. …
“The Blessings which belonged to Abel, descended to his posterity; and until the blessings of Abel’s birthright are fully received, secured, and realised, by his (Abel’s) descendants, Cain and his posterity must wear the mark which God put upon them.” (Deseret News, 3 April 1852.)
“You will never see a man called to preside in the Priesthood of God on the earth who is not purely of the blood of Abraham.” (Millennial Star 16:52, Deseret News 3:75, 9 October 1853)
“When all the other children of Adam have had the privilege of receiving the Priesthood, and of coming into the kingdom of God, and of being redeemed from the four quarters of the earth, and have received their resurrection from the dead, then it will be time enough to remove the curse from Cain and his posterity.” (Journal of Discourses 2:142-43, 3 December 1854)
They never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof. …
“When the residue of the family of Adam come up and receive their blessings, then the curse will be removed from the seed of Cain.” (Journal of Discourses 7:290-1, 9 October 1859)
“When all the rest of the children of Michael have received their blessings in the Holy Priesthood, then that curse will be removed from the seed of Cain.” (Journal of Discourses 11:272, 19 August 1856)
This was likewise taught by Joseph Smith:
“President George Q. Cannon remarked that the Prophet [Joseph] taught this doctrine: That the seed of Cain could not receive the Priesthood, nor act in any of the offices of the Priesthood until the seed of Abel should come forward and take precedence over Cain’s offspring.” (22 August 1895, Minutes of Meeting of General Authorities, The Way to Perfection (1931), Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 110.)
“President [George Q.] Cannon remarked upon this subject, as he said, he had on a prior occasion when this subject was under consideration, that he had understood that the Prophet Joseph [Smith] had said during this lifetime, that there would be a great wrong perpetrated if the seed of Cain were allowed to have the Priesthood before Abel should have posterity to receive it, and this curse therefore was to remain upon the seed of Cain until the time should come that Abel should have posterity. He understood that that time could not come until Abel should beget spirits in the eternal worlds and those spirits obtain tabernacles;” (Council Meeting, March 11, 1900, George Albert Smith Papers, Manuscripts Division, Marriott Library, University of Utah)
Thus giving blacks the Priesthood prior to the resurrection is in direct contradiction to what Brigham Young and Joseph Smith said, not in line with it. (I’m not arguing the church should maintain their pre-1978 restriction, just that they are twisting Brigham Young’s words to suit their new view of history.)