Sons of Perdition

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matthew 12:31-32)

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  (Hebrews 6:4-6)

31 Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power

32 They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born;

33 For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity;

34 Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come-

35 Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame.

36 These are they who shall go away into the lake of fire and brimstone, with the devil and his angels-

37 And the only ones on whom the second death shall have any power;

38 Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath.

39 For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were made.

40 And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—

41 That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;

42 That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;

43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

44 Wherefore, he saves all except them—they shall go away into everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment—

45 And the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows;

46 Neither was it revealed, neither is, neither will be revealed unto man, except to them who are made partakers thereof;

47 Nevertheless, I, the Lord, show it by vision unto many, but straightway shut it up again;

48 Wherefore, the end, the width, the height, the depth, and the misery thereof, they understand not, neither any man except those who are ordained unto this condemnation.

49 And we heard the voice, saying: Write the vision, for lo, this is the end of the vision of the sufferings of the ungodly.  (D&C 76:31-49)

33  For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.

34  They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God.

35  And also all they who receive this priesthood receive me, saith the Lord;

36  For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me;

37  And he that receiveth me receiveth my Father;

38  And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him.

39  And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood.

40  Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved.

41  But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come.  (D&C 84:31-41)

5 Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works!

6 Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord, and that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation, or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues, or by healings, or by the power of the Holy Ghost!

7 Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!  (3 Nephi 29:5-7)

All sins shall be forgiven, except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition.  What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin?  He must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against Him.  After a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost, there is no repentance for him.  He has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it; he has got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it; and from that time he begins to be an enemy.  This is the case with many apostates of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

When a man begins to be an enemy to this work, he hunts me, he seeks to kill me, and never ceases to thirst for my blood.  He gets the spirit of the devil—the same spirit that they had who crucified the Lord of Life—the same spirit that sins against the Holy Ghost. You cannot save such persons; you cannot bring them to repentance; they make open war, like the devil, and awful is the consequence.

I advise all of you to be careful what you do, or you may by-and-by find out that you have been deceived.  Stay yourselves; do not give way; don’t make any hasty moves, you may be saved.  If a spirit of bitterness is in you, don’t be in haste.  You may say, that man is a sinner.  Well, if he repents, he shall be forgiven.  Be cautious: await.  When you find a spirit that wants bloodshed,—murder, the same is not of God, but is of the devil.  Out of the abundance of the heart of man the mouth speaketh.

The best men bring forth the best works.  The man who tells you words of life is the man who can save you.  I warn you against all evil characters who sin against the Holy Ghost; for there is no redemption for them in this world nor in the world to come.  (Joseph Smith, “King Follett Discourse,” April 7, 1844, TPJS, pp. 358-359)

The Messiah’s kingdom on earth is of that kind of government, that there has always been numerous apostates, for the reason that it admits of no sins unrepented of without excluding the individual from its fellowship. Our Lord said, “Strive to enter in at the straight gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” And again, many are called, but few are chosen.  Paul said to the elders of the Church at Ephesus, after he had labored three years with them, that he knew that some of their own number would turn away from the faith, and seek to lead away disciples after them. None, we presume, in this generation will pretend that he has the experience of Paul in building up the Church of Christ; and yet, after his departure from the Church at Ephesus, many, even of the elders, turned away from the truth; and what is almost always the case, sought to lead away disciples after them. Strange as it may appear at first thought, yet it is no less strange than true, that notwithstanding all the professed determination to live godly, apostates after turning from the faith of Christ, unless they have speedily repented, have sooner or later fallen into the snares of the wicked one, and have been left destitute of the Spirit of God, to manifest their wickedness in the eyes of multitudes. From apostates the faithful have received the severest persecutions. Judas was rebuked and immediately betrayed his Lord into the hands of His enemies, because Satan entered into him. There is a superior intelligence bestowed upon such as obeyed the Gospel with full purpose of heart, which, if sinned against, the apostate is left naked and destitute of the Spirit of God, and he is, in truth, nigh unto cursing, and his end is to be burned. When once that light which was in them is taken from them they become as much darkened as they were previously enlightened, and then, no marvel, if all their power should be enlisted against the truth, and they, Judas like, seek the destruction of those who were their greatest benefactors. What nearer friend on earth, or in heaven, had Judas than the Savior? And his first object was to destroy Him. Who, among all the Saints in these last days, can consider himself as good as our Lord? Who is as perfect? Who is as pure? Who is as holy as He was? Are they to be found? He never transgressed or broke a commandment or law of heaven—no deceit was in His mouth, neither was guile found in His heart. And yet one that ate with Him, who had often drunk of the same cup, was the first to lift up his heel against Him. Where is one like Christ? He cannot be found on earth. Then why should His followers complain, if from those whom they once called brethren, and considered as standing in the nearest relation in the everlasting covenant they should receive persecution? From what source emanated the principle which has ever been manifested by apostates from the true Church to persecute with double diligence, and seek with double perseverance, to destroy those whom they once professed to love, with whom they once communed, and with whom they once covenanted to strive with every power in righteousness to obtain the rest of God? Perhaps our brethren will say the same that caused Satan to seek to overthrow the kingdom of God, because he himself was evil, and God’s kingdom is holy.  (Joseph Smith, DHC 2:22-23)

I will tell you how it is. The names of every son and daughter of Adam are already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Is there ever a time when they will be taken out of it? Yes, when they become sons of perdition, and not till then.  (Brigham Young, August 15, 1852, JD 6:297)

I tell you, brethren, if you are not passive you will have to go into that mill, and perhaps have to grind there one thousand years, and then the Gospel will be offered to you again, and then if you will not accept of it, and become passive, you will have to go into the mill again, and thus you will have offers of salvation from time to time, until all the human family, will, except the sons of perdition, are redeemed(Heber C. Kimball, 10 October 1852, JD 1: talk begins on page 160)

The principle opposite to that of eternal increase from the beginning, leads down to hell; the person decreases, loses his knowledge, tact, talent, and ultimately, in a short period of time, is lost; he returns to his mother earth, his name is forgotten.  But where, Oh! where is his spirit?  I will not now take the time to follow his destiny; but here, strong language could be used, for when the Lord Jesus Christ shall be revealed, after the termination of the thousand years’ rest, he will summon the armies of heaven for the conflict, he will come forth in flaming fire, he will descend to execute the mandates of an incensed God, and, amid the thunderings of the wrath of Omnipotence, roll up the heavens as a scroll, and destroy death, and him that has the power of it.  The rebellious will be thrown back into their native element, there to remain myriads of years before their dust will again be revived, before they will be re-organized.  Some might argue that this principle would lead to the re-organization of Satan, and all the devils.  I say nothing about this, only what the Lord says—that when he comes, “he will destroy death, and him that has the power of it.”  It cannot be annihilated; you cannot annihilate matter.  If you could, it would prove there was empty space.  If philosophers could annihilate the least conceivable amount of matter, they could then prove there was the minutest vacuum, or empty space; but there is not even that much, and it is beyond the power of man to prove that there is any.   (Brigham Young, February 27, 1853, JD 1:115)

To choose life is to choose an eternal existence in an organized capacity: to refuse life and choose death is to refuse an eternal existence in an organized capacity, and be contented to become decomposed, and return again to native element.— To live as I am, without progress, is not life, in fact we may say that is impossible. There is no such principle in existence, neither can there be.  All organized existence is in progress, either to an endless advancement in eternal perfections, or back to dissolution(Brigham Young, July 10, 1853, JD 1:349)

If you suffer the opposite of this to take possession of your tabernacles, it will hurt you, and all that is associated with you, and blast, and strike with mildew, until your tabernacle, which was created to continue throughout an endless duration, will be decomposed, and go back to its native elements, to be ground over again like the refractory clay that has spoiled in the hand of the potter, it must be worked over again until it shall become passive, and yield to the potter’s wish. (Brigham Young, December 18, 1853, JD 2:129)

I would hate, after struggling, and trying to master the evil around me, and to conquer the evil disposition that besets me, to let some little thing upset me, and root me up, and cause me to lose my high calling’s glorious hope, and make a shipwreck of my faith, and send me down to perdition; and I know you would hate it also.  (John Taylor, April 19, 1854, JD 1:375)

We might ask, when shall we cease to learn?  I will give you my opinion about it; never, never.  If we continue to learn all is the time when a person will cease to learn, and from that time forth, will descend in that we can, pertaining to the salvation which is purchased and presented to us through the Son of  God, is there a time when a person will cease to learn?  Yes, when he has  sinned against God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost—God’s minister; when he has denied the Lord, defied Him and committed the sin that in the Bible is termed the unpardonable sin—the sin against the  Holy Ghost.  That ignorance, forgetting that which they formerly knew, and decreasing until they return to the native element,  whether it be one thousand or in one million years, or during as many eternities as you can count.  They will cease to increase, but must decrease, until they return to the native element.  These are the only characters who will ever cease to learn, both in time and eternity.  (Brigham Young, February 17, 1856,  JD 3:202)

Christ died, his blood was spilt, the Priesthood was given, and the labor will continue with the Priesthood from generation to generation, until the kingdom will finally be given to the Saints to possess for ever and ever.  He died to accomplish the salvation of all except the sons of perdition, and they have had all these blessings applied to them, and have partaken of them, known them, and then turned enemies to them, and there is not anything greater that you can do for them, and they perish, for after the blood of Christ has been shed and they despised it, nothing more can be done for them than already has been, for they have rejected the means of salvation. (Parley P. Pratt, April 7, 1856, JD 3:315)

There are but two roads, one in the way of life, glory and excellency, and crowns, and kingdoms, immortality and eternal lives; the other is drunkenness, debauchery, beautiful manners in the light, but shameful conduct in the dark.  “O!” say they, “don’t you think we are wise?  Why, we are very wise, we have studied and been to college.”  Yes, I know the extent of your wisdom.  I know, too, the road you are traveling; it leads down, down, down, until you become as nothing, returning to native element, and losing your identity,—you are lost forever and forever.  These are they who have sinned away the day of grace, and denied the Lord, who bought them.

God is the Father of our spirits; He begat them, and has sent them here to receive tabernacles, and to prove whether we will honour them.  If we do, then our tabernacles will be exalted; but if we do not, we shall be destroyed; one of the two—dissolution or life.  The second death will decompose all tabernacles over whom it gains the ascendancy; and this is the effect of the second death, the tabernacles go back to their native element.  (Brigham Young, September 21, 1856, JD 4:51)

Giving endowments to a great many proves their overthrow, through revealing things to them which they cannot keep. They are not worthy to receive them.  Brother Heber takes the lead in giving endowments, and you may ask, “Why do you give such folks their endowments?”  To qualify them to be devils, if they wish to be.  The plan of salvation is calculated to make devils as well as Saints; for by and by we shall need some to serve as devils; and it takes almost as much knowledge to make a complete devil as it does to fit a man to go into the celestial kingdom of God, and become an heir to His kingdom.  We want to complete the education of a number of such fellows; they are running to the States, to California, and else where, and are trying to reveal this, that, and the other; but I defy any one of them to give any idea of what is taught them in their endowments; except a garbled mass of trash.  God takes that knowledge from their minds.  We have to make devils, and we are preparing them.  Everybody must have the same chance for accepting or rejecting the blessings of the Gospel, you know.  (Brigham Young, June 28, 1857, JD 4:367)

Do you query why we give endowments to A., B., and C? It is to make devils of those who will deny the faith, for that is also necessary, as a host of devils will be needed. We also want Saints, angels, holy ones, and those that are exalted to the highest glory—we want them to inherit kingdoms that number millions on millions.  (Brigham Young, September 9, 1860, JD 8:176)

How is it with those who turn away and wither and die, after having partaken of the good word of life, and partaken of the powers of the world to come? In view of these things the Saviour said unto the generation in which he lived, “It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the day of judgment, than for you.” This will strictly apply to us, if we turn away. Or might it not be said with equal force, it shall be more tolerable for Carthage and Warsaw than for us in that great day, if we turn away from the principles of life and salvation that are poured upon us?  There is no damnation so complete as that which will come on those persons, who, after having tasted the good word of God, after having received the principles of life and salvation, and been made acquainted with the powers of the world to come, again turn unto the beggarly elements of the world. Then it becomes us to hang on to these principles and to this power—to this principle of life and salvation which has been revealed to us—and not let them slip from us, and we finally go down to perdition. (Daniel H. Wells, February 22, 1857, JD 4:234)

What is the ultimate result of this downward course which some are pursuing? The beautiful organization they now possess, will decrease in beauty, and continue to decrease until the elements of which it is formed dissolve and return to their original state, just like the action of these mountains, which, in their time decay, and return to mother clay. They who turn away from the Gospel of the Son of God, which we preach, turn away from the origin of all truth, from light into darkness, from wisdom to folly, until they are known no more forever; this is the end of apostacy.  (Brigham Young, September 17, 1876, JD 18:238)

George Q. Cannon spoke sixty-five minutes, followed by President Brigham Young who spoke in power forty minutes.  [He] said there was but two roads, one to exaltation and glory, and the other to condemnation and final destruction until the wicked would finally be dissolved back into their native element, and they be no more forever(Brigham Young, Quoted in the Journal of Wilford Woodruff, 17 September 1876)