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Anti-Christ's existed for as long as there have existed people who dared believe in Jesus Christ! None of the tricks are new that on employs. The Book of Mormon contains the account of Korihor the most infamous of all the anti-Christs because his doctrine and motivations are capture bed in the amber of Scripture. This segment explores missionary work from the Intellectualist's perspective.
PROPAGATE - ANTI-CHRIST BECOME MISSIONARIES
Korihor spread his dogma among the Nephites "telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.
"And thus he did preach unto them, leading away the hearts of many, causing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness, yea, leading away many women, and also men, to commit whoredoms—telling them that when a man was dead, that was the end thereof." Alma 30:17-18
Intellectualism or agnosticism, possibly localized among the people of Nephi, flourishes in modern society. A culture of science worship, though the definition of “science” means not to have information or perfect knowledge on everything, pleases society into carnal security.
Those who espouse intellectualism can indulge in the human predilection towards selfish personal weakness. Instead of mastering weaknesses and repenting of sins, intellectualists believe no god exists to give commands and punishment. Life is a cosmic accident. ...or the other side. No one knows if life is a cosmic accident and cannot know such things without intrinsic evidence, which cannot be obtained!
Korihor spoke the truth about men faring in life based on initiative and genius but perverted it by denying the next life. Agnostics love to avoid the unknown. This mindset is to deny for themselves nor acknowledge that others might know also, the opposite of science! Atheists flat-out deny God or any god. At least agnostics can have faith. Korihor fit with modern agnosticism than atheism in the intellectual milieu.
In a different city, called Jershon, Korihor let forth a fury of words that left the people fluster to the point where the believers would not speak to him. Alma 30:23-28 follows with Korihor teaching his precepts and defending his right to hold his views as a citizen:
And Korihor said unto him: Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers, and because I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them, to keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up their heads, but be brought down according to thy words.
Ye say that this people is a free people. Behold, I say they are in bondage. Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true. Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true.
Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people, because of the transgression of a parent. Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its parents.
And ye also say that Christ shall come. But behold, I say that ye do not know that there shall be a Christ. And ye say also that he shall be slain for the sins of the world—And thus ye lead away this people after the foolish traditions of your fathers, and according to your own desires; and ye keep them down, even as it were in bondage, that ye may glut yourselves with the labors of their hands, that they durst not look up with boldness, and that they durst not enjoy their rights and privileges.
Yea, they durst not make use of that which is their own lest they should offend their priests, who do yoke them according to their desires, and have brought them to believe, by their traditions and their dreams and their whims and their visions and their pretended mysteries, that they should, if they did not do according to their words, offend some unknown being, who they say is God—a being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be. Alma 30:23-28
Need anyone add more to his words?
Gospel of the Natural Man!
Korihor passionately spread his views and won men and women of varying levels of faith in the prophecies of prophets, living or dead, to his cause because "the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him." Mosiah 3:19
The quoted scripture above is a sermon on its own simply stated, but purposes here, humanity in its basic natural form fights against higher functions of its nature without guiding principles to give a reason to reach higher--true science, true seeking for knowledge.