Joseph Smith’s Advice for Recognizing False Angels

17 August

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 214-215;“There have also been ministering angels in the Church which were of Satan appearing as an angel of light. … How, it may be asked, was this known to be a bad angel? By the color of his hair; that is one of the signs that he can be known by, and by his contradicting a former revelation.”

Galatians 1:6-8; “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

2 Corinthians 11:12-14; “But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

This should have included Moroni! Why didn’t he say anything about Moroni? Or maybe it was Nephi…The narrative of Smith’s original story mentioned  the angel Nephi showing up on that fateful evening. With the Nephi, Moroni mix-up aside, why didn’t Smith follow his own advice?

We have a solid promise from our Lord we can depend on that predates Moroni’s false claim.

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus told His disciples circa 32 AD, the gates of hell wouldn’t prevail against His church. By default, this would have to include the gospels, and other epistles written by members of Jesus’ church.

Clearly, these writings contradict the messages Smith’s false angels delivered. The latter example was built on a foundation of planting doubts in the minds of those listening, so they could tear down the good news of Christ Jesus. Shame.

And one more thing…yeah, the red-haired angel story…it sounds an awful lot like a red herring story. One thing is certain – Smith had a vivid imagination – it’s too bad he didn’t use it in a godly manner!

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