… when moved on by modernity and reason. [1, 2, 3]
As I see it, the point of King Benjamin’s protracted sermon is that Jesus’ magic blood atonement will reverse Adam’s magic fruit transgression (3:16) mostly for dead babies (2:34) and counterfactually righteous grown-ups lucky enough die in ignorance (3:11).
For the rest of us, it’s awfully tough going because it’ll work only if we regress into childlike helplessness (3:19), drop all pretense of self-esteem (2:25), and count our lives as chronic debts (2:23-25) that we still must try paying off by begging (4:20) and blindly obeying nepotistic (1:9), self-serving (2:28) prophet-kings who traffic in empty threats (2:33, 3:25) and promises (2:22).
All this casts KB’s most famous line,“when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God,” (2:17) in a rather dehumanizing light. Yea, if his imaginary blood-besotted god (3:15-18) actually existed, I hope I’d have the courage to tell him:
“Dude, back off! Stop insinuating yourself into every expression of our innate goodness. Stop demanding we bounce every compassionate act off you. We don’t need your name to “distinguish [us] above all people” (1:11) – that just ends up dividing us to the point of killing each other. Am I right?
And another thing, stop demeaning and distracting us with threats of torment if we don’t love and obey you (2:39). That’s just twisted. Oh, and while you’re at it, call off your self-righteous prophet-kings (2:11-16) – that would be the current ones – who enjoy doing market research (5-1) and taking names (6:1). Let us grow up for goodness sake (3:19).”
 D&C 121: 43: “Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost …”
 King Benjamin’s speech is found in The Book of Mosiah, see: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah?lang=eng
 All references refer to chapter and verse in the Book of Mosiah