I was shocked to discover that Mormons believe that Joseph Smith’s consent is required for anyone to enter Heaven
The source for this fact is a sermon by one of their most honoured Presidents, Brigham Young, immediate successor to Joseph Smith and notorious polygamist (55 wives) and racist, delivered in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle headquarters and recorded in the Mormon Journal of Discourses, 7:289. The Journal Of Discourses is an esteemed Mormon publication once validated by the Mormons as a kind of inspired commentary on Mormon teaching. The Mormons now officially state that The Journal is not canonised even though it contains hundreds of sermons from Church Presidents whom they say directly speak for God.
Brigham Young said
no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith.
Typical Cult Behaviour
It is typical cult behaviour that the founder is venerated and assumes a central importance equal to or superior to Jesus, with the effect that texts authoured by the cult leader supercede or interperet The Bible. This is what has happened with Mormonism and their manhy texts: The Book Of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl Of Great Price and so on.
The blasphemous importance given to Joseph Smith is seen here in this assertion by Brigham Young that Joseph Smith’s consent is required to enter heaven. Other outlandish exaggerations applied to Smith are, for example that he His mind expands as eternity and only God can comprehend his soul” (Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9 Apr. 1837, Church Archives).
Defence Of Smith
Mormons defend Smith by asserting that The Bible teaches that the consent or acknowledgement of The Biblical Apostles is required for Christians to enter heaven and that therefore Mormons are only applying normal Apostolic prerogative to Smith, exactly the same as The Bible does. That defence is found here .
The scripture that Mormon apologists rely on is Matthew 19:28
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Unfortunately for Mormons, this scripture does not apply to the Last Judgement. The Apostles will not be issuing consent for anyone to enter heaven; that privilege applies to Jesus alone as only He has defeated death and obtained redemption and atonement for mankind. Therefore Jesus and only Jesus has the right to issue consent to Heaven, as only He has made the way to heaven open.
In short The Apostles do not have either the right, capacity or privilege to act as Judges in the Last Judgement. They have neither earnt that right nor been granted it. These prerogatives apply to Jesus alone. Joseph Smith will not participate in this action despite the blasphemous claims of Mormons.
The scripture in question, Matthew 19:28 applies to the Millenium in which the faithful servants of Jesus will be given privilege to rule over cities and regions as viceroys to Jesus. Jesus will at that time be reigning in Jerusalem from Mt. Zion where His throne will be located. From this scripture we see that the Disciples will have privilege to rule over the nation of Israel and, one may infer, be located there also.
Here’s another scripture where Jesus talks about the Millenium and how His faithful servants will rule over various numbers of cities.
Mormon apologists apply Biblical scripture incorrectly in order to justify their blasphemous claim that Joseph Smith will participate in The Last Judgement. In doing this Mormons display the typical behaviour of a cult in magnifying their founder to usurp the proper place of Jesus.