Role of Prophets in Mormonism
While perusing the official website of the LDS Church I came upon their page defining the role of a prophet. I thought it’d be of interest for us to just take a look at what they say and see if we can glean any insight.
Here’s what they had to say;
“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed to be led by living prophets—inspired men called to speak for the Lord…”
“We can always trust the living prophets….”
Even when their prophecies turn out to be false? What about the times they’ve lied and said something would last forever but didn’t? I can think of three things immediately; the race issue, polygamy, changing of the endowment ceremonies…
God gave us a guideline in scripture how to tell a false prophet from a true prophet. He never did tell us that we can always trust a living prophet; rather He told us how to discern whether or not they’re speaking for Him.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22; “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
“…and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38)…”
This too is false. First of all, why does the Church borrow phrases from the Bible which they don’t believe is translated correctly to use in their own edicts? “…and though the heavens and earth pass away, my word shall not pass away…” is from Matthew 5:18 says; “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
Secondly, their “inspired works” have changed 4,000 times in the Book of Mormon alone. Additionally, because many of the things they’ve prophesied over the years haven’t come to pass, they’ve been proven to be false prophets giving false prophecies.
“Our greatest safety lies in strictly following the word of the Lord given through His prophets, particularly the current President of the Church.”
Where in scripture does God say to particularly obey the current prophet? What about Jesus’ warning that He is the only way to God?
John 14:6; “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
“The Lord warns that those who ignore the words of the living prophets will fall (see D&C 1:14-16)… He promises great blessings to those who follow the President of the Church…”
Thousands of people have left the “One True Church” and have lived a life filled with success in walking with the Lord. The Lord gave no such warning to His followers; this comes solely from the lips of Joseph Smith.
In fact Jesus told the Pharisees that the two greatest laws were to love the Lord and your neighbor as yourself; this is known as Shema.
Matthew 22:36-40; “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
“Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me…”
We live and breathe following Jesus’ words, none other.
John 10:7-10; “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly…”
And one of the most startling of all scriptures from Jesus Himself was warning His flock not to believe the false prophets when they tell you Christ can be found in the secret chambers…
Matthew 24:23-26; “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.”
In light of that how do you explain the secret ceremonies taking place inside every single Mormon temple?
“For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you…”
Here again we find the Church using another passage of God’s word that they don’t sincerely believe, yet inserting some of its content for their own benefit. This comes from Matthew 16:18 when Jesus told Peter and the other disciples in Caesarea that nothing will come against His church – the body of Christ.
Matthew 16:18; “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Take heed my friend! Not one single thing they’ve presented in their descriptions of a prophet is correct. This is truly the sign of a false prophet, a false christ and false apostles!