LAUREN KING AND WOMEN PREACHERS
Victor M. Eskew
Women are being used in roles, which, in
times past, were filled exclusively by men:
serving on the Lords table, leading
public prayers, leading singing, being
elders, deacons, and preachers in pulpits.
In the long ago, Moses warned Israel with these words:
When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God
giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of
those nations (Deut. 18:9). God did not want His people to
become like the Canaanites. He gave them His law so they could be
a people set apart for His holy purposes.
A New Testament admonition that is similar to the one given
by Moses on the banks of the Jordan is found in Romans 12:2. Paul
writes: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Paul
told the saints in Rome: Do not let the world mold you.
Instead, they were to be radically altered through their adherence
to the Word of God. Again, Gods precepts were to separate His
people from the world so they can carry out Gods divine
Over the last 50 years, Gods people have not been
content with the practice of holiness as outlined in Gods
Word. We no longer desire to be different to be strange. We
have become like Israel of old and desire to be like the nations
around us (1 Sam. 8:4-5). Our speech, our dress, our behaviors, and
our worship look almost exactly like the world. When worldly
concepts are introduced into our churches, it seems that many
people love to have it so (Jer. 5:21).
One of the moves that many brethren have made over the last
several years concerns the role of women in the church. Women are
being used in roles, which, in times past, were filled exclusively
by men: serving on the Lords Table, leading public prayers,
leading singing, being elders, deacons, and preachers in pulpits.
One of the most recent cases is found in the Fourth Avenue Church
of Christ in Franklin, Tennessee. They have hired a young lady
named Lauren King to assist as a preaching minister for
the congregation. Recently (11/23/2014), she presented her first
lesson to the church on a Lords Day morning. A video made the
rounds through social media about this new minister for
the church on Fourth Avenue. This video reveals more to us than
just the fact that a woman is preaching in the pulpit. In this
article, we want to discuss some of the things that were said and
how Gods holy Word is being mocked and defied by Miss King and
the Fourth Avenue Church.
One of the things that Lauren said is that the Lord has
made it clear that while in college at David Lipscomb
University she needed to pick up a preaching emphasis in her
training. One thing that needs to be asked is: How did the
Lord make this clear to Miss King? We know that God has made
known His will in the pages of the Bible. She did not hear the
Lords voice from the Bible telling her to pick up a preaching
emphasis. In fact, had she listened to Gods Word, she would
have heard just the opposite. The New Testament instructs women
with these words: But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to
usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (1 Tim.
Lauren does give us a little insight as to how she perceives
the Lords voice. She says that she knows the Lords voice
when she has peace when I walk through open doors. In
essence, she is saying that as long as her conscience is clear when
she does things, then she believes Gods voice is approving her
actions. Lauren needs to take some lessons from Saul of Tarsus
about this approach to Gods approval. When Christianity burst
onto the scene on Pentecost Day in Jerusalem, Saul was a faithful
Jew. He had steadfastly obeyed the Law of Moses all of his life
(Phil. 3:4-5). In his zeal for the Law of Moses, he persecuted the
church of Christ (Acts 9:1-2; Phil. 3:6). In Acts 23:1, we learn
that this Jewish zealot never suffered the sting of conscience in
all that he did. And Paul, earnestly beholding the council,
said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before
God until this day. Saul always had peace of mind in all
that he did, even when he was disobedient to God. A feeling of
peace deep within does not indicate that God approves of ones
actions. If this were the standard, then every person who is
religious would be acceptable to God. Lauren King has accepted a
false standard of authority that will cause her to be lost in the
last day if she continues to accept it as her guide.
Miss King makes another argument to justify her public
proclamation of Gods Word. This argument is based upon the
talents that God has given to each person. She reasons that if God
has given you a talent, then He has called you to put that talent
into action. On its surface, this argument sounds reasonable to
those who have heard of the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew
25:14-30. The problem is that Lauren fails to understand that God
has limited where she can use her talents. Lauren is free
to use her talents teaching children, teenage girls, and women. She
is not free to use her talents to teach men in the assembly.
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not
permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under
obedience, as also saith the law (1 Cor. 14:34). God is
the one who is in charge. He has the right to put restrictions on
our abilities if he so desires. Just because a person has a talent
does not mean he/she can use it at any time and in any place (See
1 Cor. 14:27-28).
Lauren is not the only person in error in this matter. The
elders, the preacher(s), and the members at Fourth Avenue are all
at fault as well. In the video, Patrick Mead (senior
minister at Fourth Avenue), defends having Lauren there as a
preaching minister. He says that the things that were written to
the church at Corinth and the church at Ephesus regarding women,
addressed temporary issues. In essence, he says the things written
about the silence of women applied then, but does not apply today.
In the video, he does not say how he came to this conclusion.
Whatever his arguments are, he is wrong.
In 1 Timothy 2:13-14, the apostle Paul gives two reasons why
a woman is NOT to usurp authority over the man. Neither reason has
anything to do with the cultural issues and problems in Corinth and
Ephesus. Paul teaches: For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the
transgression. God delegated authority and oversight
responsibilities in both the home and the church to men. He based
this upon the order of creation and the sin that was committed in
the Garden of Eden. It has nothing, nothing, to do with first
In the video, Lauren King affirms: Jesus is calling us
to change. Where does she read this in the New Testament?
Jesus doesnt call us to change. He calls us to obedience.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed (John
8:31). In John 14:15, the Son of God says: If ye love me,
keep my commandments. In John 14:23, He says: If
a man love me, he will keep my words...
The only change Jesus wants from man involves his heart
(Luke 13:3,5). Its called repentance. He wants all men to
yield their hearts to the will of God just as He did in Gethsemane
(Luke 22:40-44). He never approved the substitution of human
tradition for the commandments of God (Matt. 15:1-9).
Dear readers, let us not be tempted to follow in the
footsteps of Lauren King and the Fourth Avenue church in Franklin,
60 Cobblestone Dr.
Springville, TN 38256
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Garland M. Robinson
A video made its rounds lately featuring a young woman being
hired as a preacher. This practice is not new, its been going
on in denominationalism for a long, long time. It is, however,
relatively of more recent origin among those who have a sign out
front that says Church of Christ. Tragically, dozens and
dozens of churches all across the U.S. now claim to be using women
in leadership roles.
The introduction of the video reads: Lauren
King, preaching intern, preaches alongside Senior Minister,
Patrick Mead. Patrick Mead is the preacher at the
Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, Tennessee. He says:
It wasnt that long ago that Lipscomb called
and said weve got somebody that wants to be a
preaching major but needs to have an internship; and
I said, send her.
Lauren King was the young woman from Lipscomb
University who was hired in that position. She says she grew up
in the church of Christ in the Nashville area and that her father
preaches for the Donelson Church of Christ. Miss King reports
She goes on to say, In the beginning all of this was really
The Lord made it very clear that he wanted me to
do youth ministry, so I stared majoring in Bible with
an emphasis in youth ministry and Ive done three
youth internships. The Lord also made it clear,
through a lot of discernment and a lot of prayer,
that I was supposed to pick up a preaching
emphasis...and the people at Lipscomb have been so
supportive of that. ... A lot of the ways
that Ive been perceiving the Lords voice is
through having peace when I walk through open doors.
If I have an unpeaceful heart, then thats not
really where Im supposed to be, but if Im
at a place where I have peace about where Im
going, then thats the Lord telling me, yes.
Need we point out that Paul had a peaceful heart when he walked
through the open door of persecuting the church? Acts 8:1 says he
was consenting to the stoning death of Stephen as the witnesses
laid down their clothes at his feet (7:58). ...He made
havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and
women committed them to prison (Acts 8:3). Havock means to
ravage, devastate, ruin. Haling means to drag one to punishment.
All the while he persecuted the church he had a clear conscience
before God (Acts 23:1; 26:9). So, having a peaceful heart or an
unpeaceful heart means absolutely nothing when it comes to pleasing
God. How we feel is not the standard in seeking Gods
approval. Those who OBEY Gods word are those who go to heaven,
not those who have a peaceful heart (Matt. 7:21). Jesus tells us
about masses of people who have a peaceful heart in their religious
service, but they will be told at the judgment, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matt.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
Galatians 3:28-29 is often used to support unlimited roles
for women in the church. Attention is called to the phrases,
ye are all the children of God and there is neither
male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. To use
these verses in such a reckless fashion makes them contradict 1
Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:8-14 where the role of women
is limited. The verses in Galatians 3:28-29 are simply showing that
all humanity can be saved because ...God is no respecter of
persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh
righteousness, is accepted with him (Acts 10:34-35).
We are told to rightly divide the word of
truth (2 Tim. 2:15). That means we handle it correctly.
Gods word does not contradict itself. If we understand a
passage to say something that makes it contradict another passage,
we have misunderstood one or the other or maybe both. Scriptures
compliment one another. Some passages give additional information
that is not found in other passages. If were going to
understand Gods word (and it can be understood), then we must
take all the Bible says regarding a matter and recognize the
harmony between them. Easier passages help us understand more
There are two passages of Scripture that specifically address
the role of women in the church. They are 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
and 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Both of them say the same thing and place a
limit or restriction on what women can do. Two other passages
address womans subordinate role to man (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph.
Patrick Mead is certainly aware of these Scriptures and
seeks to dismiss them when he says:
I do not believe that Paul, in two verses, two
passages, was trying to undo the rest of Scripture.
I think he was addressing a temporary issue in
Corinth and Ephesus. ... He was not trying to make
rules for everybody in every time.... No, these were
temporary things for temporary times.
Again, let us point out that it does not matter what we
think, what matters is what the Bible says.
First Corinthians 14:34-35, Let your women
keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted
unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under
obedience, as also saith the law. ... For it is a shame for
women to speak in the church.
Women are to keep silence...not permitted unto them
to speak...shame for women to speak in the church. The
word translated silence means to: hold ones peace,
keep silence, secret, concealed. The word speak means to
not: utter words, preach, say, speak, to utter a voice or emit a
sound. As always, the devil is ready to help you wrest
(wrench, torture, pervert, twist) the Holy Spirits words unto
your own destruction (cf. 2 Peter 3:16).
First Timothy 2:11-14 is a parallel passage to 1
Corinthians 14:34-35. It sets forth the same limitation upon women
but also gives some additional information. Let the
woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer
not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the
man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the
The injunction (command, order, charge) laid upon women was
not temporary! It was permanent for all churches in all cultures in
all generations. There is absolutely no indication or evidence to
understand it otherwise. Therefore, it is just as much Scripture
today as it was when originally given and written by inspiration of
the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
To circumvent this timeless principle, Patrick Mead says:
What the Bible does is that it tells me about
Jesus. And I dont read Jesus through Paul. I
read Paul through Jesus. ... Now, everything Paul
said, he was a fellow student with us. Lets read
it through Jesus. We no longer read all of
the Bible as equal.
What Paul wrote were not his words or thoughts. They were words
given him directly from heaven. They were words the Holy Spirit
revealed to him. An effort, in some way or another, to make
Pauls words not as important, authoritative or equal to the
Lords words is a denial of the inspiration of the Scriptures.
Pauls words were/are the Lords words. To make them any
less comes from the cesspool of denominationalism.
Just two verses after writing that women are to keep silence
in the church, that its not permitted unto them to speak, Paul
wrote, ...the things that I write unto you are the
commandments of the Lord (1 Cor. 14:37). God knew
there would be scoffers who would one day attempt to dismiss
Pauls words as not being inspired and not having authority
like the words of Jesus, so He answered that objection in verse 37.
So many other passages teach the same thing. Notice these words of
John, Peter and Paul: We are of God: he that knoweth God
heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know
we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error (1 John
4:6). ...2Ye know what commandments we gave you by the
Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God ... 8He
therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but
God... (1 Thess. 4:1-8). Compare also 2 Thess. 3:4, 2
Peter 3:2 and Jude 1:17.
The words Jesus spoke were the words given him by the
Father. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father
which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and
what I should speak (John 12:49). The words revealed
by the Holy Spirit were not simply his own. Jesus said,
...when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but
whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak...
(John 16:13). Likewise, Paul spoke and wrote the things given him
from above (1 Cor. 14:37). To the church at Thessalonica he wrote,
...when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us,
ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in
truth, the word of God... (1 Thess. 2:13). This is so
with all the writers of every book in the Bible. They wrote what
heaven gave them to write.
Every book, every chapter, every verse and every word, even
the singular and plural of a word, is given by the inspiration of
God (2 Tim. 3:16-17)! The Bible is the word of God, not the words
of men! The Lord revealed some things while on the earth and the
Holy Spirit revealed the rest through inspired men (John 16:12-13).
If we take only the Lords words (red letter words), we do not
have the complete will of God. Further, Peter said that we have
been given ALL things that pertain unto life and godliness (2 Peter
1:3). And, since no Scripture gives authority for a woman to teach
in an assembly where men are present, then such a practice does not
pertain to life and godliness.
The Holy Spirit says a woman is limited, restricted in what
she can do in worship. Women are commanded to have a subordinate
role to men. There are two reasons given why this is the case: 1)
Adam was first formed then Eve (1 Tim. 2:13), 2) Adam was not
deceived in eating the forbidden fruit, but Eve was (1 Tim. 2:14).
Heavens appeal is not to the culture of the times. The Holy
Spirit goes back to creation to set forth this timeless principle!
First Corinthians 14:34-35 and First Timothy 2:11-14 say the
same thing. There is no contradiction between the two. They
compliment each other. We must read them both to get the full
picture of Gods will. They are equal to every word in the
Knowing the teaching and practice of the Fourth Avenue
Church of Christ causes division in the brotherhood, Miss King
makes an appeal for unity by saying:
...You prefer to worship this way and you get to
know the Lord better this way and you serve him
better over here. Awesome. And you serve the Lord
over here and you get to know him better this way and
you worship in this scenario. Awesome. Lets just
respect each other and be unified with the fact that
we love the Lord. That doesnt mean take away
everything that weve ever done in our
traditions. ... We are all believing in the same
God. When God calls us to be united, why is
it that other people that believe in God get in our
God certainly wants us to be united. Jesus prayed for it (John
17:20-21). But the ONLY way to have unity is IN and BY and THROUGH
Gods Holy Word, the Bible. Unity in diversity is not of God,
its of the devil. Mans innovations will never bring about
unity of the Spirit (cf. Eph. 4:3). Putting away the doctrines and
commandments of men and accepting Gods pure and unadulterated
word in both teaching and practice is the only thing that will
bring the unity approved of God.
(Note: the aforementioned video has been removed from public
media outlets. Hmm, I wonder why?)
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GODS PLACE FOR WOMEN IN HIS CHURCH
The place of women in society is being widely discussed today.
The influence of the Womens Liberation or
Feminist movement is felt throughout the world. Most men
and women would agree that there should be equality in employment
and wages. Most would also agree that women should have the same
rights under the law as men do. However, Christian men and women
must oppose many of the ideas of the Feminist movement
for they are contrary to Gods will.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
In the Lords church today, there are some who question
the place that women have. Some are saying that women have the
right to lead public prayers, preach, and even serve as elders.
They have been influenced by the Feminist movement and by
denominations, especially the Pentecostals, which allow women to do
everything men do.
Christians want to follow the will of God. Gods will
for the place of women in His church is revealed in His Book, the
Bible. It is inspired of God and is infallible (cf. 2 Tim.
3:16,17). We must follow the Bible if we want to please God and be
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH?
There are some areas in which men and women are just the same
before God. Gods love is the same for both (John 3:16). God is
no respecter of persons in regard to salvation (Acts 10:34,35). Men
and women must obey the same plan of salvation and will receive the
same blessings (Gal. 3:26-28).
There are, however, areas in which Gods plan for women
differs from that for men. In the family, God has appointed man to
be the head (Eph. 5:23). Man is to provide for the physical and
spiritual needs of his wife and children (Gen. 3:17-19; 1 Tim. 5:8;
Eph. 6:4). Women have a special place in Gods plan that men do
not have. Women are to be helpers to their husbands, teachers of
their children and keepers of the home (Gen. 3:16; Eph. 5:22-24;
Titus 2:4,5). Men and women are different physically and
psychologically. The place that God has appointed for each best
suits them as God made them.
There are several Scriptures which deal with womens
place in the church. In 1 Corinthians 11:3, the Apostle Paul wrote:
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is
Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of
Christ is God. Man has a head to whom he must submit
Jesus Christ. Woman also has a head to whom she must submit
man. But even Christ has a head to whom He must submit
God the Father. Christ is not inferior to God because He
submits to Him. Nor is woman inferior to man because she submits to
him. The place that God has appointed for men and women has nothing
to do with inferiority and superiority. It has to do with the
natural order of things and the purpose for which God created them.
First Timothy chapter two is a very important passage which
deals with womens role in the church. Paul is speaking of the
public worship of the church when it assembles together (1 Tim.
2:1,2; 3:14,15). In verse one, Paul commands that prayers be made
for all men. In the original Greek language in which Paul wrote,
the word he uses for men is anthropos, which is the general
word for human beings. It includes both men and women. Paul again
uses this same word in verse four when he says, God will
have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the
truth. But, in verse eight, when Paul speaks of leading in
prayers, he uses a different word for man. It is the Greek word
aner. This word is used only to refer to males. It does not
include females! The command of God is for only men to lead the
public prayers of the church.
There is a clear contrast between verse eight where men are
commanded to pray and verse eleven where women are commanded to
learn in silence with all subjection (1 Tim. 2:8,11). The word
subjection comes from a Greek military term which means
to rank under. In verse twelve, Paul writes: ...I
suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man,
but to be in silence. Women are forbidden to have
authority over men. They must not take a privilege which is
not rightfully theirs. Preaching and public teaching of classes
where men are present are forbidden to women. Leading public
prayers in assemblies where men are present is forbidden to women.
Paul gives two reasons why God has given the leadership in
the church to men: 1) Adam was first formed, then Eve; 2) Adam was
not deceived, but the woman, being deceived, was in the
transgression. Man has leadership over woman because God created
him first. Man was not created for woman, but woman was created for
man (Gen. 2:18-15). Second, Adam was not deceived in the temptation
in the Garden of Eden, but Eve was (Gen. 3:6). Woman is different
from man. Satan took advantage of her more trusting nature to
deceive her. Adam sinned also, but he was not deceived! He knew
what he was doing and deliberately went into the sin with Eve.
Women have many wonderful areas of service to God. Bearing
children is not a curse brought on by the fall in Eden, but a
blessing God gave women in the beginning (Gen. 1:28; 3:16). Women
also have the privilege of being teachers, not of men, but of other
women and children (2 Tim. 1:5; Titus 2:3-5). Christian women, like
Priscilla, may assist their husbands in teaching others privately
(Acts 18:24-26). Godly Christian women teach others by their
example (1 Peter 3:1,2).
Peace prevails in the church and God is pleased when both
men and women serve Him in the roles He has created for them. Women
are not suited to be elders, deacons, preachers or public leaders
in the worship of God. But their work of being good mothers and
teachers of children and other women is just as important. Let us
humbly submit to Gods will!
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DOES GOD HEAR ALL PRAYERS?
Roger D. Campbell
God communicates the thoughts and desires of His mind (that is,
His will) to you and me through His word, the Bible. The way that
we, as humans, communicate or speak the message of our mind to God
is through what the Bible calls prayer. In both the Old Testament,
as well as the New, we often read about prayer. The truth is, it is
only through the teaching of the Bible that we can know the
Lords will concerning prayer. Thus, for any question about
prayer, we must turn to the word of God and see what it says.
Doesnt that make sense to you?
Does the God of heaven hear the prayers of humans? If you
mean, Does God know when people are praying to Him, then
the answer is yes. God knows all that is taking place on
the earth at all times. He knows our every thought, every action,
and every word spoken, including our prayers. How can we be sure
about this? Because the Bible says, God is greater than our
heart, and knoweth all things (1 John 3:20). All the
affairs of mankind are naked and opened unto the
eyes of the Lord (Heb. 4:13). So, yes, God knows when
humans are praying.
Does the God of heaven hear prayers that are offered to Him
in different languages at the same time? Because He is the
Almighty God (Gen. 17:1), there is nothing that is too
hard for Him (Gen. 18:14). He understands all languages in which
humans speak. And, yes, He can handle all the prayers that might be
coming His way all at the same time, regardless of the language!
Should we conclude, though, that every prayer is acceptable
to the Lord? To say that He can hear and understand when people
speak to Him is one thing. To say that every prayer is acceptable
to Him, well, that is another matter entirely. In Proverbs 28:9 it
is written, He that turneth away his ear from hearing the
law, even his prayer shall be abomination. This verse
makes it clear that if a person refuses to heed or obey the message
of Gods law, then he should not expect the Lord to receive his
prayer. Why? Because God counts it as an abomination when men
refuse to obey Him, and all the praying in the world cannot change
that. Prayer cannot take the place of obedience. The Lord rejects
the prayer or cry of a disobedient person.
What does the New Testament say? In 1 Peter 3:12 we read,
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his
ears are open unto their prayers.... According to this
verse, which prayers does the Lord receive? The prayers of the
righteous. A righteous person is one who does righteousness (1
John 3:7). Since all of Gods commands are righteousness (Psalm
119:172), then a righteous person is one who keeps the commandments
of the Lord. The Lord promises to receive the prayers of such a
person, but not the prayers of the unrighteousness.
One final consideration. What about praying for salvation?
Never in the Bible do we read that the Lord or any of His inspired
spokesmen told a person that had never been saved something like
this: To be saved from your past sins, you need to pray to
God, and He will forgive you. Such a notion is just not in the
Bible! It is true that there are New Testament passages in which we
read that people were told to pray in order to receive forgiveness,
but when we closely examine the contexts of those verses, what do
we find? They were addressed or spoken to those who were already
Christians and had committed sin after being saved. Thus, as
Christians or children of God, in order to get back into the right
relationship with God, what they needed to do was pray. Simon, who
had already believed and been baptized, was told to pray for
forgiveness (Acts 8:13,21-23). We also read, If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Again,
however, this was not spoken to non-Christians, but to those that
were already Gods children (compare 1 John 2:12).
Does God want men to pray? The Bible says He does. But does
He accept all prayers? Not according to the Bible. Let us all
search the Scriptures and accept the instruction that we find
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #13
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is driven
largely by a creed of thirteen Articles of Faith. To see
our ongoing examination of these Articles, go to
The twelfth item in the LDS Articles of Faith reads,
We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers,
and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the
On the surface, this seems like a respectable ideology and
one certainly in cooperation with the Bible. Paul writes,
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of
God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves
damnation (Rom. 13:1-2). However, an honest investigation
will expose the hypocrisy of such a statement, originated, defended
and encouraged by Joseph Smith their prophet, who ultimately
violated it. Most in the Mormon religion will dismiss such claims
as propaganda, but facts are facts regardless of how much
they attempt to rewrite history.
Evidence will reveal that Joseph Smith was the subject of
numerous criminal charges and arrests. He and his contemporaries
(at the beginning of the Mormon organization) were not the martyrs
as they have been portrayed. In 1826, in South Bainbridge, New
York, Smith was arrested, tried, and convicted for the misdemeanor
crime of pretending to find lost treasure. Wesley P. Walters, a
Reverend in the United Presbyterian church in Marissa, Illinois,
who was critical of the Mormon Church based on his investigations,
uncovered records verifying the case in the basement of the
sheriffs office in Norwich, New York. A historian further
discovered that Joseph Smith had been in fact arrested on four
occasions in the mid 1820s. (Spencer)
In 1830 in New York, Smith was arrested and tried for
disorderly conduct when he tried to perform an exorcism in
Colesville but he was acquitted. In May 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio,
Joseph Smith was accused by Grandison Newell of a plot to have him
killed. Smith was acquitted, but Wilbur Denton and Sidney Rigdon
both testified that the alleged conspiracy took place in April or
May of 1835. (unknown)
In 1838 in Kirtland, Ohio, a warrant was issued for the
arrest of Smith based on a charge of banking fraud. Fawn M. Brodie
(1915-1981), a biographer and one of the first female professors at
UCLA, offers much insight into this affair based on her extensive
research. Brodie writes,
All that was required to start a bank in the West was
an unlimited amount of nerve and the necessary capital
to pay the engraver and printer for making the notes.
One bank in Ohio was chartered as an Orphans
Institute; another was founded on the charter of a
moribund library association, its total assets a remnant
of dog-eared books. The number of authorized banks
operating in the state had jumped from eleven in 1830 to
thirty-three in 1836.
Besides these there were nine unauthorized
institutions also issuing money... The bank was said to
have been established by a revelation from God, and
rumor skipped through the town that the prophet had
predicted that like Aarons rod it would swallow up
all other banks and grow and flourish, and spread
from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and survive
when all others should be laid in ruins. From its
beginning the bank had been operating illegally.
The toppling of the Kirtland bank loosed a
hornets nest. Creditors swarmed in upon Joseph
armed with threats and warrants. He was terribly in
debt. There is no way of knowing exactly how much he and
his leading elders had borrowed, since the loyal Mormons
left no itemized account of their own claims. But the
local non-Mormon creditors whom he could not repay
brought a series of suits against the prophet which the
Geauga country court duly recorded. These records tell
a story of trouble that would have demolished the
prestige and broken the spirit of a lesser man. Thirteen
suits were brought against him between June 1837 and
April 1839, to collect sums totaling nearly $25,000. He
was arrested seven times in four months, and his
followers managed heroically to raise the $38,428
required for bail. Joseph had many additional debts that
never resulted in court action.
One by one the weak in faith left the ranks... Joseph
threatened to excommunicate any Saint who brought suit
against a brother in the church... (Brodie)
Smith and Rigdon fled to Missouri. It was there on November 1,
1838, that Smith surrendered to 2,500 state troops and agreed to
leave the state after forfeiting their property. Smith was court-
martialed and was almost executed for treason, but his attorney,
Alexander Doniphan, insisted that he was a civilian. This sent
Smith to state court in which several of his former allies turned
states evidence against him. Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and
four others were charged with overt acts of treason, and
awaited trial in the jail at Liberty, Missouri. They escaped jail
by bribing the sheriff and fled the state to Illinois. In 1844 in
Nauvoo, Illinois, he was arrested for burning the building of the
Nauvoo Expositor and destroyed a printing press after an
article was written about Smiths polygamy. (Pangburn)
Joseph Smiths arrests became a pattern for his
behavior. His life was filled with illegal activity that can be
accessed by searching public records.
The belief to honor and sustain the law obviously did not
have any effect on him or several of his accomplices. Eventually,
Joseph and Hyrum Smith faced trial for treason against the state of
Illinois, which was punishable by death in the United States at
that time. They found themselves in a jail in Carthage, where they
would never live long enough to see the court. A mob of 200 stormed
the jail and killed both of them.
The Mormon Church is careful to edit the history of their
founder. They paint him as a faithful servant of God, claiming he
was martyred for his daunting work to restore Christs church
and faced immeasurable opposition. But a sincere and honest
analysis of historical evidence will prove otherwise. Those who
come across the truth are faced with the decision to either accept
it and act upon it, or willfully overlook it.
Brodie, Fawn M. No Man Knows My History. New York: Alfred
A. Knopf, Inc., 1971.
Pangburn, D. J. Mormon Founder Executed 168 Years Ago
After Starting Rogue Religious City-state. 1 July 2012. 10
December 2014 .
Spencer. Joseph Smiths Arrest Records Found. 16
September 2005. 10 December 2014 .
unknown, Author. Criminal Charges Against Joseph
Smith. 12 August 2011. 10 December 2014
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