2 Thessalonians 2:9-11; “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”
Smith’s ingenuity in finding ways to confuse people never ceases to amaze me. What’s even more surprising is how so many have been blinded by it. Today we’re looking at the contradictions in Mormon canon on who should forgive, and when to do so.
The first revelation listed here is from September 11, 1831.
D&C 64:9–10; ”I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men; but he that forgiveth not his brother standeth condemned before the Lord.”
Smith delivered the next false prophecy about forgiveness on August 6, 1833.
Notice how he shuffles back and forth between telling people to forgive if…then not to forgive when…and then finally telling them to forgive.
Imagine the Lord telling someone not to forgive here in the NT era. What does this do to the believer’s heart? Not forgiving someone for an offense is a breeding ground for resentment to build inside oneself, and discord amongst believers. Why would this be a good thing for the body of Christ?
D&C 98:44-45; “But if he trespass against thee the fourth time thou shalt not forgive him, but shalt bring these testimonies before the Lord; and they shall not be blotted out until he repent and reward thee four-fold in all things wherewith he has trespassed against thee. 45 And if he do this, thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart; and if he do not this, I, the Lord, will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred-fold.”
This last example is speech from LDS Prophet/President Heber J. Grant on October 1, 1940. The reason we’ve included it is because the Church has said the words delivered by a prophet when he feels inspired, are scripture. D&C 68:2-4.
You’ll see how the Mormon people are told once again they shouldn’t forgive others when/if the ‘sinner’ hasn’t sincerely repented.
Question: how does one know if someone else has ‘sincerely repented’? Only God knows the inner heart of man, and their level of sincerity when they’ve repented. 1 Cor. 2:11.
Gospel Standards p. 32; “REPENTANCE. There is nothing in the world that is more splendid than to have in our hearts a desire to forgive the sinner if he only repents. But I want to say, do not forgive the sinner if he does not repent. “By this ye shall know that a man has repented, that he confesses his sin and forsakes it, and is guilty no more.” It is up to the Lord, however, and unless they confess their sins we are not obligated to forgive, but when they really and truly repent, it is one of the obligations that rest upon us to forgive those who have sinned. —RSM, 23:341.” – Heber J. Grant (RSM = Records Submission Manual) Also see Conference Report, April 1944, p. 10.