Mormons have been battling among themselves ever since the death of Joseph Smith Jr. over who has the rights to the leadership, to the priesthood, to the rights to the temple, to His body, and in some cases, to the rights to live polygamy (among fundamentalists being adherents to Lorin Woolley’s claims).
Was there ever a time when God was singularly impressed with a man because of his claim to priesthood lineage or calling?
“Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his (Jesus’) disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses; as for this man we know not from whence he is.
The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
Now we know that God heareth not sinners; but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth” (John 9:28-31)
Yes, that’s a big claim “We Are Moses’ disciples”
In other words, “Listen to me because I’ve got all the right connections.”
Did that ever impress God?
“…as for this man we know not from whence he is…”
in other words they’re saying that Jesus doesn’t have the connections they do. I mean we’ve got Latter Day Saints claiming their rights to the priesthood by virtue of their priesthood pedigrees and we’ve got on the other end fundamentalists running around claiming their priesthood rights to live polygamy and that seems to be their claim to fame but does God respect their claims or show deference or some sort of partiality towards them?
Solomon had no less the same claim to the same rights and look where that got him. He wound up worshipping the gods of his heathen wives and participated in the sacrifice of children to Molech. So should God have been impressed with Solomon’s priesthood pedigree and give him a pass to all his wickedness?
In Jesus’ day, when the Jews said “God is our Father, and we are His children”
Did that impress Jesus? Did he stop what He was saying and beckon to everyone saying “Here is a True Israelite- Hear Him?”
No, actually he called them “Vipers and Hypocrites and Whited Sepulchers”
Has man ever been able to impress God?
Surprisingly, yes, and it didn’t come from church leadership. It came from a centurion who professed himself to be wicked who just happened to also understand the Kingdom of Heaven when he said:
“For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
And when they that followed him, heard this they marveled. And when Jesus heard this, he said unto them that followed,
Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith; no not in Israel.”
It is not the claims or the calling that impresses God, for many are called and few are chosen. It is the simple faith and obedience to His word which pleases Him and endears Him to you.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)