Many of Mormonism's men of a certain age and experience are priests in the Church's order of Melchizedek.
According to the New Testament epistle to the Hebrews, the Melchizedek priesthood is a high-priest priesthood. As such it is supposed to be occupied by only one man at a time; viz: a Melchizedek priest is solo, i.e. he has no fellows.
Also: the position of a high priest is for life, i.e. he's not replaced until he dies, which should never happen to a Melchizedek priest because according to the New Testament letter to Hebrews, they're supposed to be immortal.
I would gladly contend against these claims, but you gave no scriptural support, and a reading of Hebrews does not bear this out. I see nothing supporting your assertion, and without knowing what it is your stating, continued discourse would be difficult.
According to some people, it's reasonable to assume that Christ's followers are Melchizedek priests too because of their priesthood's association with Jesus (1Pet 2:9). But as already pointed out, Jesus is a high priest; as was the original Melchizedek (Heb 5:10]. There can be only one of those at a time rather than a guild of many high priests.
Latter-day Saints would not dispute this. I think you lack a basic understanding of the way the church uses the term high priest.
A: Because it's fraud. Maybe Mormonism's brand of morality doesn't see it that way; but my brand sure does. Christ's high-priest priesthood is not a trifling matter; it is crucial to humanity's association with God and when Mormon men take that title to themselves, they are nothing less than identity thieves and usurping someone else's authority as their own. I can't stop them of course, but neither can I condone their conduct.
Well, this pattern was established by God, so unless you are calling God a fraud, this is incorrect.
BTW: If Mormons challenge you to produce textual evidence to substantiate your knowledge of the Bible's two high priesthoods: don't do it. Instead tell them that if they want textual evidence then they will just have to study the letter to Hebrews themselves because you're not telling.
So in other words, you can't back up your position so you don't even try. Sorry, but that's not how it works.
The reason I recommend that stance is because Mormon men are supposed to be well-versed so that you shouldn't have to produce textual evidence. Don't let them talk you out of this by citing rules of academic discussion and so forth. You're neither a salesman nor a politician, i.e. you don't have to win; all you have to do is know what you're talking about; and as for him that's biblically ignorant; let him be ignorant still.
First off, please stop referring to us as "Mormons.." We do not belong to "Mormon's church." We belong to Christ's
church. Our proper designation is "Latter-day Saints."
Secondly. Most "Mormon" men have no professional theological training. There is no divinity school and we have no paid ministry. The knowledge held by Latter-day Saint men run the gamut from incredibly well-versed to abject ignorance. To presume that we should just "get it" because we should already know it is faulty beyond belief. And if you truly believe yourself right, and take the Great Commission seriously, you would seek to make sure those you teach understand what it is you are teaching them. In reality, you refuse to engage because of the weakness of your position, not because of its self-evident nature.
If the Mormons with whom you are conversing attempt to divert you, or refute you with "revelation" or in any way confuse the issue and/or snow you with clever LDS sophistry; it's time to come to a full stop-- politely thank them for their time, and bid them have a nice day.
So not only will you not attempt to back up your argument, you also refuse to allow others the chance to reason out their beliefs? Tell me, how effective is this method of ministering? In my head, I picture something like this:
NyawehNyoh: You Latter day Saints are wrong. You besmirch the authority of God and grossly misapply his word.
Latter-day Saint Man: Oh, really? In what way?
NyawehNyoh: Well, you misinterpret Hebrews.
Latter-day Saint Man: I don't think we do. I've studied Hebrews myself and I don't interpret it as you do. But I'm willing to be enlightened. Can you please show me the evidence for your position?
NyawehNyoh: Nope. Not my job. You're a smart guy. Figure it out on your own. After all, every Latter-day Saint guy is a brilliant theologian, so you clearly know I'm right. You can't possibly have an honest disagreement regarding interpretation. But on the off chance that you are not the sterling gospel scholar I though you were, too bad. Your ignorance condemns you to HELL!
Latter-day Saint Man: I disagree. If I may explain where I'm coming from... See, my beliefs are rooted in actual revelation from God. If you read Moroni 10: 3-5...
NyawehNyoh: See ya, you poor, ignorant heathen. This conversation is over!
According to the New Testament's letter to Hebrews: Melchizedek high priests have to be human, but at the same time they cannot be someone who came into existence by birth. In other words: Melchizedek high priests always were, they always are, and they always will be, i.e. they have no genealogy to trace.
This doesn't really make any sense. By this definition, literally everyone, including Jesus would be excluded. By your own admission, Jesus himself only got the position because of a technicality. Why would God create an order that literally no one can obtain?
If you are referencing Hebrews 7:3, understand that our interpretation is influenced by additional Scriptures that we accept as divine and you don't. So telling us to just read and study it does nothing because we view it in light of modern day revelation from God, not in the arm of the flesh, as you do.
This may seem like a trivial issue but according to the New Testament's letter to Hebrews; in order for someone to be an effective mediator between God and Man, he has to be both human and divine. I seriously doubt that there's even one sensible Mormon man anywhere on Earth who would dare lay claim to being both human and divine. Those are some really big shoes to fill.
The Scriptures disagree with you. Don't believe me? Too bad. Not my job to prove you wrong.