D&C 84:21-22 “And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.” — Joseph Smith, ‘Kirtland, OH, September 22 and 23, 1832’.
Exodus 33:20 “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
Oh, the tangled web we weave…
Today’s LDS reference is one of the simplest ways of proving Smith was a con artist, and his prophecies were nothing but a figment of his wild imagination.
Compare what God said with Joe’s testimony –
Joseph Smith-History: 17 “It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
Just so there’s no mistaking whom/what Smith saw, we can know for certain because of what it says in the intro … “The Father and the Son appear, and Joseph is called to his prophetic ministry. …”
Our reference at the beginning of this article shows Smith made that declaration in 1832, but claims he saw God face to face in 1820.
Lest we forget…there’s also the issue of Smith lifting scripture for his own purposes. It’s no coincidence he used the same words God did in Exodus 33:20. Moreover, he also lifted the phrase God used at the Transfiguration.
Luke 9:35 “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.”
One has to wonder why the Church brazenly touts his claims when evidence shows he’s been a false prophet from the get-go. Have they no shame? God refers to people like this as evil in 2 Timothy 3:13.
Be sure to ask the Mormon you know what they think of this.
With Love in Christ;