Was priesthood authority restored through Mormonism?




“In restoring the gospel, God again gave the priesthood to men. John the Baptist came… to ordain… to the Aaronic Priesthood… Then Peter, James, and John… came and gave… the Melchizedek Priesthood. Through the Restoration the priesthood was returned to the earth.” —Gospel Principles, p. 111

If Mormonism has “restored” the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods, why is its version different from the Biblical version?

Mormon Priesthood
Biblical Priesthood
All LDS males are ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood
Must be of the Lineage of Aaron (Num. 3:6, 10; Heb. 7:5, 11-14)
Deacons are 12 year old boys
Deacons are husbands (I Tim. 3:8)
Males with Defects are Accepted (Joseph Smith had a leg defect)
Must Be Physically Blameless (Leviticus 21:1-23)
Priests do not perform blood sacrifices, nor follow biblical rites
Priests perform blood sacrifice and special rites (Leviticus 8)
Many “High Priest” Bishops
One legal “High Priest” at a time
Many LDS Males receive the Melchizedek Priesthood
Only Jesus qualified for office of Melchizedek (Heb. 7:1-4, 23-28)
LDS Males transfer to others the Melchizedek Priesthood
Melchizedek Priesthood is non- transferable (Hebrews 7:23-24)


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