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|Title||KnoWhy #169 - Why Did Moroni Refer to Vessel Impurity in Condemning the Central Government? (Alma 60:23)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Captain Moroni; Condemnation; Correspondence; Government; Laws; Legal; Mosaic Tradition; Pahoran; Purity; Vessel Impurity; Warfare|
In a letter expressing grievances toward the Nephite government, Captain Moroni referred to a divinely revealed legal principle which emphasized the cleansing of the inner vessel. This stipulation can clearly be traced back to the legal codes dealing with pot impurities and sanctification found in the Law of Moses. It also hearkens to temple themes which stress the inner purity needed to return to God’s presence. Similar to Christ’s sermons against hypocrisy in the New Testament, Moroni invoked this principle to emphasize the crucial need for inner purity and sanctification among his own people and their central government.
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