Selected Teachings on
Nehor
c. 90 B.C.
(See Alma 1; 8-9; 12; 14; 21)


Teachings of Nehor & the Order of Nehor
Modern Examples

Nehor

    1. Every priest and teacher ought to become popular and be financially supported by the people (Alma 1:3)
    2. All mankind will be saved at the last day because God has created and redeemed all men (Alma 1:4)
    3. There is no personal accountability for one’s sins—no one need feel guilt for their actions (Alma 1:4).

Those of the Order of Nehor

    1. They don’t believe that God sends important messages to His children through only one man (Alma 9:2-6)
    2. They deny God’s hand and involvement in their history (Alma 9:8-11)
    3. They do not understand the resurrection nor judgment day (Alma 12:8; see also Alma 11:38-46)
    4. They do not believe they are a "lost and a fallen people" (Alma 9:30-32)
    5. They do not understand the doctrines related to the Fall, the probationary nature of mortal life, the plan of redemption, the ministry of angels, the role of commandments, the penalties for disobedience, the importance of repentance, nor the dealings of God with His children generally (Alma 12:20-35)
    6. They do not seem to understand the doctrine of the priesthood, including its relationship to the Atonement, the manner in which men are called to hold the priesthood, their commission to teach all mankind, and the eternal nature of priesthood (Alma 13:1-13)
    7. They do not believe in the repentance of their sins and are offended when told they need to repent (Alma 9:30-32, 15:15)
  • All those sects of Christianity which preach that we can or will be saved without any effort on our part. Those who contend that we are saved by grace alone, or by the love of God alone, or by his will alone.
  • Those whose philosophy is that of "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us" (2 Ne. 28:7).
Methods of Nehor

Nehor

  • Sincere. Claimed that he preached the word of God (Alma 1:3)
  • Prideful and Ostentatious. He was lifted up in the pride of his heart and wore very costly apparel (Alma 1:6)
  • Established a Church based on his preaching (Alma 1:6)
  • Contention. He contended “sharply” with Gideon. He uses debate, anger, and violence against those who oppose his teachings (Alma 1:9-13)
  • Priestcraft. Nehor set himself up for a light to “get gain and praise of the world” (2 Nephi 26:29). His followers preached false doctrines “for the sake of riches and honor” (Alma 1:12, 16)

Those of the Order of Nehor

  • Vanity. They love the vain things of the world (Alma 1:16)
  • Pretenders. They pretend to preach what they truly believe so that they can claim legal protection (Alma 1:17)
  • Persecuted Others—They verbally abuse members of the Church, which ultimately escalates into physical abuse and violence (Alma 1:19-22; 9:1-7; 14:7-8, 22)
  • Indulgent Lifestyles. They did “indulge themselves … [in] all manner of wickedness” (Alma 1:32)
  • Studied and Schemed to Destroy Liberty (Alma 8:17; 10:18). This was the democratic liberty set up by king Mosiah (Alma 10:19; see also Mosiah 29:25-30). The unrighteousness of their lawyers and judges was integral to the success of their plans (Alma 10:27).
  • Contention & False Reasoning (Alma 9:1-7)
  • Hearts were hardened against the word of God (Alma 9:30)
  • Easily offended (Alma 9:31-32)
  • Corrupt lawyers seek to ensnare the Lord’s servants for profit and gain (Alma 10:13-16; 11:20-21)
  • Use money to tempt to deny the existence of God (Alma 11:22)
  • Sought to Kill the Lord’s Servants. When Alma and Amulek taught them plainly and testified against them boldly they sought to “put them away privily” (Alma 14:2-3)
  • Twist and Distort the Truth (Alma 14:5)
  • Mock the Righteous and Mockingly ask for Signs (Alma 14:14-15, 20-22, 24)