A new religion of Nehor institutionalized priestcraft, which is “that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world,” taking praise and gain for their efforts. In Nehor’s religion, pride was encouraged as well as the wearing of costly apparel.
Not only did Nehor teach priestcraft, that men should make a business out of selling religion, but he attempted “to enforce it by the sword”.
Being pleasing to the carnal mind, the teachings of Nehor continued, as did his church. “The order of the Nehors” was evident among the Nephites and the Lamanites for some time, giving a pretext of justification to those who chose not to worship the true and living God.