In tracking the Adjutancy back to the early seventies, we discovered a glaring major error in the motto and purpose: “To sanctify the leader in the eyes of the people.” This is a blatant mis-read of a cultic error extrapolated from Mormon thought. An exegetical rendering of the passage reveals the exact opposite of what we have mis-read the text to mean. The spiritual leader of Israel Moses with his assistant Aaron were being rebuked for not “having sanctified God in the eyes of the people.” Rebuked for not having” given God the highest esteem in the eyes of the people.” Man, and especially “Leaders” are never under any circumstance to replace God in the eyes of the people, that is idolatry. Self-deification is a gross sin and will bring the wrath of God upon anyone who attempts to perpetrate this form of evil. God is jealous and will not share His glory (Kabod=Hebrew term for glory) with another. The violation by anyone at that time was so serious they would be denied entry to the land promised by God.
Not only is this a misinterpretation of the Numbers 20:12 passage but is non-sensical in light of God’s divine purpose for Israel. “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation unto the land which I have given them.” (KJV) – “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, because you did not believe me and did not sanctify me in the eyes of the people of Israel, you shall not bring them into the land I have promised them.” (LAB) We have convoluted the passage to mean the opposite of God’s primary intent, which is dangerous. God alone is to be sanctified, not man. Armor Bearer is a more biblically appropriate support term for leaders. The term adjutancy is a former military term from the Catholic/Episcopal communions. As an apologist of the faith I am bound by my sacred duty to the Scripture and to the Church to challenge heresy in any form. Why is this admonition so serious?
- We do not possess the power or ability to sanctify anyone including leaders.
- Any attempt to sanctify leaders will bring the judgment of God upon the perpetrators of this arrogant act.
- What if leadership is corrupt? Can you sanctify corruption?
- Might not the purpose of the Adjutancy be better served promoting unity (together in spirit) as well as uniformity (together in person in dress code)?
- I interviewed three (3) leaders within the Adjutancy about Numbers 20:12 and their response was similar…” we are carrying out what was passed on to us.”
Conclusion: Uncritical acceptance of any tradition, theology or idea is dangerous.
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