‘Those that would assist others in their correspondence with God must not themselves be strangers to it; for how can we expect that God should speak by us if we never heard him speaking to us, or that we should be accepted as the mouth of others to God if we never spoke to him heartily for ourselves?’ – Matthew Henry
New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 65; “After the plan of salvation had been taught to all the spirit children of the Father; after the nature of this mortal probation had been explained; after the need for a Redeemer had been set forth—then the Lord God, who is the Father, sent forth a great cry in the grand council. “Whom shall I send?” he asked. ‘Whom shall I send to be my Son, to be the Savior and Redeemer, to work out the infinite and eternal atonement? Whom shall I send to put into full operation all the terms and conditions of my plan of salvation?’” – Bruce R. McConkie
Isaiah 6:8; “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
Joe Smith never let ‘little’ details of whom God was speaking with get in his way. If he saw something he could twist to his advantage, so be it. No one can know the reason he chose to plagiarize this passage in Isaiah, but it stands as a worthy example of how Smith had no regard for God’s word.
The biblical passage above is when God commissioned Isaiah to go out and prophesy about Him. The book of Job tells us it’s a rare thing for someone to be fit enough to speak for God. Only one in a thousand would be called. Job 33:23 The Lord obviously decided Isaiah would be the one most fit to declare His word!
Plagiarism aside, this doctrinal statement is rife with internal contradictions, and blasphemous allegations about the nature and character of Jesus. They’ve obviously tried to dethrone the Lord by placing Him in a lower status, and haven’t properly acknowledged Him as God. Their brazen attempt at rewriting what God has already revealed is nothing short of shameless.