Mormon Dilemma 288

18 June

Misquoting the Bible

Moroni 7:5; “For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also.”

Matthew 7:15-20; “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

I typically don’t post entire passages of scripture, but this is the exception to the rule. The reason I’ve done so today is to show how the Mormon Church takes quotes out of context, or leaves the central part of the message out, or misquotes the Bible, or twists what the Bible actually says to suit their own purposes. In this case they’ve managed to do all the above. 

Notice the very first thing out of Jesus’ mouth in this passage: beware of false prophets.  He’s giving us a heads up on how we can know these guys and that’s by their fruits.  Giving people help in disasters or mowing the lawn of the little old lady next door is nothing but a ruse to catch us off guard. 

At first it’s going to look good but what’s the catch?  In this case there’s nothing more costly than your very soul and that’s a hefty price to pay for a morsel of food or a nice looking front yard. 

Their text alone gives away their sordid plot they’ve heisted the words of God Himself to make themselves look good. Unfortunately for the novice Christian who’s not familiar with the Bible, this all sounds familiar, without realizing the text has been littered with their brand of Christianity which falls short of what God intended.

 

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