Lectures on Faith, 1:14-16“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.15 By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power existing in the Deity, that all created things exist – so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, exist by reason of faith, as it existed in Him. 16 Had it not been for the principle of faith, the worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal, as well as eternal things. Take this principle or attribute (for it is an attribute) from the Deity, and he would cease to exist.” – comp. John A. Widtsoe, N.B. Lundwall
Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Acts 17:25 “Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things”.
The Lectures on Faith were created by Joe Smith and other church leaders, and were presented in classes they called ‘School of the Prophets’, initially held in Kirtland, OH from February – April 1833. The monthly classes continued on through the early years, even after their expulsion from Ohio, and into Missouri. Also noteworthy is how members like Parley Pratt were simultaneously teaching these classes in Missouri even before the Church officially arrived there from Ohio.
The reason these are important is because they’re still studied and used in teaching manuals. Subsequently, what they taught at that time laid the foundation of Mormonism we deal with today.
Now with our history lesson behind us, let’s briefly check out the substance of our reference!
Joe Smith’s ‘revelation’ is blasphemy of the highest degree. To even think faith is an attribute of God is unconscionable, and teaching God would cease to be God, is something that should never come out of anyone’s mouth.
Making matters worse is how they’ve twisted God’s word. If they don’t believe, or trust the Bible, why are they using it?
Please, pray for those who sit in the classes that use these materials. I remember all too well how easy it is to get confused by what I was being taught, and what I had read in the Bible.
With Love in Christ;