Topical Guide/Doctrinal issues/Priesthood

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Some Christians claim that we do not need a mediating priesthood since it has been "fulfilled in Christ."

Summary: Some sectarian Protestants claim that Christians do not need a mediating priesthood since it has been "fulfilled in Christ."

D&C 84 states that God cannot be seen without priesthood

Summary: Critics argue that Joseph Smith claimed that he saw God in 1820 and also claimed that he received the priesthood in 1829. But in a text which he produced in 1832 (DC 84:21-22) it is said that a person cannot see God without holding the priesthood. Therefore, Joseph Smith contradicted himself and this counts as evidence against his calling as an authentic prophet of God.

Was the priesthood held by Jesus priesthood not 'transferable' to members of the Church?

Summary: It is claimed that only Jesus held the priesthood, and that such priesthood was not 'transferable' to members of the Church.

Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith or Search for the Truth DVD: The Priesthood?

Summary: A response to the Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith DVD section dealing the the Priesthood.

What does the Bible teach about priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ?

Summary: What does the Bible teach about priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ?

Is there a "Priesthood of All Believers"?

Summary: There is no need for unbroken lines of priesthood authority since the Bible teaches that all believers hold the priesthood.