Saturday, July 7, 2012

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Five

Read What The Bible Says About Mormons revised and in its entirety here.  

After completing the translation of the golden plates, Smith returned them to the angel Moroni, which made it conveniently impossible for him to ever validate his claim by producing them.  Instead for proof he offered several witnesses who swore to having seen the plates.  One of these was a man named Oliver Cowdery, one of Smith’s earliest followers.  One day in May of 1829, Smith and Cowdery went into the woods to pray to God specifically regarding ‘baptism for the remission of sins.’  Their prayer was answered by the appearance of a being who identified himself as John the Baptist.  John placed his hands on their heads, and conferred unto them the ‘priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering angels, and of the Gospel of repentance, and of the baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.’

If they were lying—and the truth states that they were—then how great the lie! And to make God, Jesus and John the Baptist part of it…how much greater the condemnation!

Smith and Cowdery immediately baptized each other, then commenced to baptizing proselytes.

Publication of The Book of Mormon was financed by Martin Harris, and the book was published in 1830.  On April 6, 1830, Smith’s Church of Christ formally established itself in Fayette, New York.  Joseph Smith boldly proclaimed that ‘his was the one true church since the death of Christ’s apostles.’  The arrogance is staggering, to state that eighteen centuries of civilization had lived without the true church of Christ; that all of mankind was lost until Joseph Smith came to bring them the light.

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect
.  Matthew 24:23-24

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