Apostates Lead Church Members Astray – Mormon Quotes

Latter-day Prophets & the Doctrine & Covenants 1:102; Mark E. Petersen: They do wrest the scriptures and do not understand them.  One of the reasons people apostatize from this Church is that they have failed to heed the warning of the scriptures against listening to false teachers who raise their voices in our midst. [Sec. 45:5-6; 2 Nephi 28:20-31.] In spite of the fact that these warnings of the scriptures are crystal clear, many of our people fail to heed them.  How do these false teachers lead people astray? They do so by attacking the fundamental doctrines of the Church. [Sec. 52:9, 14-20, 36.] They attack the teachings of the Authorities. They seek to develop doctrinal disputes among the people to undermine their faith, and they lead people to apostasy when they do such things as that. Very often false teachers who have come among us endeavor to justify their position by claiming to have received some revelation or dream directing them, they say, in the paths which they tread. . . .So, Latter-day Saints, beware of false teachers, when men come among you and begin to preach doctrines unto you which tend to destroy your confidence in the holy scriptures. . .

John 8:31-32Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Interestingly enough everything Petersen says in this warning are the tactics used by the Mormons themselves.  

How do people become ensnared in a cult? 

By listening to someone who claims they’ve received special communications with God that no one else is privy to. 

What do we see all throughout Mormon doctrines? 

The attack upon God’s enduring word, the attack upon God’s church and worst of all, the attack upon God Himself.

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