Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Nine

In the Mormon church the Three Witnesses are the three men, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and David Whitmer, who signed a statement attesting that they had seen firsthand the golden plates of The Book of Mormon.  False witnesses are plentiful throughout history and in the Bible.

Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days
.  Matthew 26:59-61

In 1835 Joseph Smith established the Quorum (i.e. Council) of the Twelve Apostles, by asking the Three Witnesses to name the first twelve, who were to be the ruling authority of the church.  Because every false Christ needs to surround himself with twelve apostles to bolster the authority by which he deceives his followers.

By 1838, the Mormon population of Kirtland had risen to 2000.  Joseph Smith founded a bank and launched other business enterprises.  It was actually a brilliant business model: bring fresh strangers into town and receive their money, whether through tithes or in the stores and the bank.  It’s like sitting and fishing all day while others keep stocking the lake.  Smith also claimed to have started the bank in response to a command from God.

Warren Parrish, who had been an officer in Smith’s bank and member of his congregation, and who had renounced Mormonism, was quoted in The Painesville Republican on February 22, 1838 as saying:  “I have listened to him (Smith) with feelings of no ordinary kind, when he declared that the audible voice of God instructed him to establish a banking anti-banking institution, which like Aaron’s rod shall swallow up all other banks—the bank of Monroe excepted—and grow and flourish and spread from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and survive when all others should be laid in ruins.”

It is a natural thing that the prophet chosen to restore the church which had been fallen for eighteen hundred years since the death of the last apostle should open a bank.  Judas Iscariot was the apostle who handled Jesus Christ’s finances. 

For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.  John 13:29

Like Judas, Joseph Smith was beholden to his love of money, the root of all evil; and like Judas, Joseph Smith was an unclean man who betrayed Jesus Christ.

For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.  John 13:11

And both Judas and Joseph Smith betrayed the Lord for money: Judas for the infamous thirty pieces of silver; and Smith by propagating false truths about Jesus Christ in the name of God, for ready cash in tithes and bank deposits.

The bank collapsed, and lots of people lost lots money.  There were also numerous rumors of sexual improprieties involving Smith, including affairs with other men’s wives.  These rumors were later effectively validated in 1842, when Smith announced his revelation of God’s commandment to engage in ‘celestial marriage,’ a euphemism for polygamy, which he proclaimed that certain special individuals were permitted to practice, himself being one.  Because David and Solomon and other biblical heroes had multiple wives it is difficult to wield scripture against Smith in this regard; notwithstanding the Bible does say that a man leaves his parents and cleaves to his wife, not wives, wherefore it is fair to conclude that Smith both committed and persuaded women to commit the sin of adultery.

It is no surprise that practicing a false religion which abused Jesus Christ, and defrauding people of their money, and having carnal relations with other men’s wives, had aroused enough anger in the community that Smith and his followers were forcibly driven from Kirtland by the middle of 1838.  They continued westward, and tried to settle in Smith’s prophesied ‘promised land’ of Independence, Missouri, but they were met with such violent opposition there, that on October 27, 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs took the extraordinary measure of issuing ‘Executive Order 44,’ or, the Mormon Extermination Order, which read, in part: ‘Mormons had committed open and avowed defiance of the law…had made war upon the people of this state…and the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace—their outrages are beyond description.’

The Mormons continued their westward migration, and settled in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1839, where Joseph Smith bought 18,000 acres of land.  That's a huge tract of land for a man to purchase who worked no trade and had just had his attempt at starting a bank collapse.  Since the money the bank took in and lost went somewhere, Smith seems more like a thief than a prophet.

In Nauvoo, the Mormons who had followed Joseph Smith were joined by European converts, and they set out to build a city and to create a society in preparation for Christ's return.  The population grew quickly, and by 1844 had swelled to twelve thousand, which rivaled Chicago.  In Nauvoo, Joseph Smith was described as obsessed with increasing his military and political power.  He scripted the Nauvoo city charter to grant himself greater authority.  He was elected mayor and had himself appoint Chief Justice of the city court.  He was named Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion, an armed militia.  He created a church council of fifty which sought to establish a 'theodeomocracy,' and to that end the council elected Joseph Smith prophet, priest and king of the coming millennial monarchy (doubtless a reference to Christ's one thousand year reign after the devil is bound up in Revelation 20).  In 1844 Joseph Smith launched a third party candidacy for President of the United States.

The earthly titles Smith held and the powers he sought were in disregard of Jesus Christ, who taught: Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
 Matthew 23:10-11

In Nauvoo, Joseph had two major ‘revelations.’  The first was the previously mentioned one regarding ‘celestial marriage.’  The second was that of the baptism of the dead, in which he explained to his congregation that God gave Mormons the authority to baptize deceased family members into the church, so that they would be reunited in the bliss hereafter.

This is yet another doctrine which is in direct contradiction to that of Jesus Christ, who said:  Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.  Matthew 8:22

There are two prevalent interpretations of this scripture, either of which can be applied to the bizarre Mormon practice of baptism for the dead.  The first is to let the ‘spiritually’ dead human beings bury the ‘physically’ dead.  For their practice of the rite of baptism for the dead, and for the rest of their doctrine, Mormons are indeed ‘spiritually’ dead.  The second interpretation is simply to take the scripture literally (the interpretation which this author has always believed to be the meaning of the verse).  In this case the Mormons can be considered to tamper with that which Christ forbid.

A fee was charged for the performing of this rite, which revenue generating practice continues in the Mormon church unto this day.  There was a recent scandal in the Mormon church where it came to light that they were using their ritual baptism for the dead to convert dead Jews to Mormonism.  This bizarre twist on their bizarre practice came to light when a request was made to baptize Jewish Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who is still living.

It also written in the Scriptures:  And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  Isaiah 8:19-20

Because the Mormons contravene the law of Moses and controvert the gospel of Christ, there is no light in them.  The Bible says so.

When Christ went to the cross it was as a lamb, in complete submission to his enemies, to whom he had done no wrong.  God was glorified.  When Joseph Smith met his death it was as a deluded thug and power mad bully.  A false prophet was slain.

On June 7, 1844, a man named William Law published the first and last edition of a newspaper called the Nauvoo Expositor.  Law was a former Mormon, and in his paper he accused Joseph Smith of polygamy and of coercing young women into sexual relationships; and of wielding dictatorial political powers.  The Nauvoo city council quickly declared the newspaper a public nuisance, and on June 10th Smith ordered the city marshal to destroy the paper and its printing press.  Residents of surrounding counties were horrified by this act, so contrary to the constitution held so sacred, and there were calls for Smith to be put to death.  Warrants were issued for his arrest on the charge of treason.  On June 18th Smith called 5,000 men of the Nauvoo Legion to arms and declared martial law.

The governor of Illinois became involved, promising Smith protection in exchange for surrender, and on June 25th Smith and his brother Hyrum turned themselves in to authorities, and were incarcerated in a jail in Carthage, Illinois.  On June 27th a vigilante mob of 200 men attacked the jail.  As they approached one of the nervous jailers informed Smith of what was happening.  Deluded to the end, he told the jailer that they were rescuers come to liberate he and Hyrum.  A gun fight ensued—Smith was armed with a pepperbox pistol that someone had given him earlier in the day—and Smith and his brother were shot dead.  God was not glorified; a devil was exterminated.

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.  Jeremiah 23:14

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part One
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Two
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Three
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Four
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Five
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Six
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Seven

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Eight
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Nine

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Ten

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