False Prophecies

 False Prophecies of the Mormon Church

We receive more requests for information on the false prophecies of the LDS Church than I can count.  So in light of these events, we’ve assembled several that we’ll be posting for now but come back often to see the updates!

     Above all, to establish what a false prophecy is, we must first turn to the Bible.  I was being interviewed on a radio show in early 2006 when the host of the show asked me if we could discern true prophets by the prophecies that come true.  Without trying to sound ambiguous, the answer to that is no we cannot; and yes, that is part of it.  If a man calls himself a prophet, and his prophecy comes true then yes, that’s a good sign that he is from God.  However,  if that prophet prophecies a word and claims it is of God and it is proven false, then it doesn’t matter how many he got right before or after the false prophecy; he’s a false prophet.

     The LDS Church says in “Answers to Your Questions about the Doctrine and Covenants”, pg. 4; “”The most important prophet, so far as we are concerned,” affirmed President Ezra Taft Benson, “is the one who is living in our day and age. This is the prophet who has today’s instructions from God to us today. God’s revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the ark. Every generation has need of the ancient scripture plus the current scripture from the living prophet. Therefore, the most crucial reading and pondering which you should do is of the latest inspired words from the Lord’s mouthpiece. That is why it is essential that you have access to and carefully read his words in current Church publications” (in Korea Area Conference Report, 1975, 52).”

     The God of the Bible has given us several examples of how we can discern what He wants for us to know, so let’s begin in His word before we delve into LDS theology.   God has always had this thing about being consistent so it’s fairly easy to find the subjects needed and know there aren’t any new updates to worry about!  Here are a few examples and I’m sure you’ll be able to get more for your own studies.

Deuteronomy 13:5; “And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.”

    

Deut. 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.  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?  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.”

Jer. 28:9; “The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.”

All About Jesus

Where was Jesus born? 

Alma 7:10; “And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.”

Luke 2:15; “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

The LDS Church tells its members that these two cities are actually “suburbs” of each other.  This is not true!  Bethlehem and Jerusalem are about eight miles apart from each other. 

From Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 3:51; “These words have spawned a host of heckles and sneers directed at the Book of Mormon. Persons of a skeptical and cynical spirit ask: “Didn’t Joseph Smith know that Jesus was born of Mary in Bethlehem?” We answer: Yes, he was born in Bethlehem, but he was also born at Jerusalem, meaning that Bethlehem, the smaller community, was within the environs of Jerusalem, the larger city. In our day it would be as if someone froth [sic] Sandy or even Provo, Utah, had said to one somewhat unfamiliar with the Wasatch Front, “I am from Salt Lake City.” (See A Sure Foundation, pp. 3-4.)

Jesus Crucified for Our Sins

1 Nephi 11:33; “And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.”

Doctrines of Salvation 1:132; “We will never be able to pay the debt. The gratitude of our hearts should be filled to overflowing in love and obedience for his great and tender mercy. For what he has done, we should never fail him. He bought us with a price, the price of his great suffering and the spilling of his blood in sacrifice on the cross.”

So far so good, right?  Wrong!  Read on to see for yourself…

Jesus Bled in Garden of Gethsemane for Our Sins

D&C 19:18; “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink…”

Doctrines of Salvation 1:130; “We speak of the passion of Jesus Christ. A great many people have an idea that when he was on the cross, and nails were driven into his hands and feet, that was his great suffering. His great suffering was before he ever was placed upon the cross. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that the blood oozed from the pores of his body: “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit-and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink,””

As you can plainly see these two sets of verses from their various doctrines obviously contradict each other.  Thus, the qualification to be listed in the false prophecy section of this website!  Take notice that the contradictions from Doctrines of Salvation are only two pages apart! 

The main focus of this particular subject cannot be talked about too much.  While all members of the LDS Church will tell you that Jesus died on the cross for their sins, it is rare when I encounter a Mormon who actually believes that.  When push comes to shove they really believe that He paid for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane.  In Luke 22:44 it says; “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

They say this one verse is proof that Jesus paid for our sins in the Garden, not on the cross.

Jesus made the final sacrifice

Alma 34 – the entire chapter.  This is pretty much the gospel from verse 8 to 41.  Pay close attention to verse 15 which says; “And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.”

Also see Alma 34:33b-4; “…behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.  Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.”

Joseph Smith contradicted either himself or the Mormon god with the following revelation from the Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 330; “But how are they [LDS] to become saviors on Mount Zion? By building their temples, erecting their baptismal fonts, and going forth and receiving all the ordinances, baptisms, confirmations, washings, anointings, ordinations and sealing powers upon their heads, in behalf of all their progenitors who are dead, and redeem them that they may come forth in the first resurrection and be exalted to thrones of glory with them…”

Darkness at Jesus’ Crucifixion

Helaman 14:27 says; “And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that darkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space of three days.”

3 Nephi 8:3; “And the people began to look with great earnestness for the sign which had been given by the prophet Samuel, the Lamanite, yea, for the time that there should be darkness for the space of three days over the face of the land.”

Also see 1 Nephi 19:10 and 3 Nephi 8:23 which say there were three days of darkness.

Matt. 27:48; “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.”

It is a well documented fact that there were only three hours of darkness on that day.  You can read historical as well as biblical accounts of this miracle.  Historically speaking it is recorded in “The Report of Pontius Pilate which was sent to Tiberius Caesar in Rome” (written by G.D. Bouw, 1992 in “Lost Books, pg. 276-7) for just one example.

Jesus is God

Mosiah 5:15; “Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.”

Mosiah 13:34; “Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?”

Introductory Page of BoM:  Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.”

Alma 11:26-35, 44; This particular passage states that Jesus is God as is the Holy Spirit.  It also states there is only ONE God.

This sounds like the Trinity that the historical Judeo-Christian church has always believed in!  As time went on in Joseph Smith’s life, the teachings became more and more bizarre.  The latter teachings of Joseph Smith are what the Mormon Church of today adheres to.  People like my own mother wouldn’t have a clue that the Church originally taught about the orthodox Triune God.

Doctrines of Salvation 1:32; “Our Savior was a God before he was born into this world, and he brought with him that same status when he came here. He was as much a God when he was born into the world as he was before. But as far as this life is concerned it appears that he had to start just as all other children do and gain his knowledge line upon line.”

D&C 130:22; “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.”

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 372; “Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say that is a strange God anyhow—three in one, and one in three! It is a curious organization. “Father, I pray not for the world, but I pray for them which thou hast given me.” “Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are.” All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonderfully big God—he would be a giant or a monster.”

BC 544 – 421; They believed in Christ and Kept Law of Moses

Jacob 4:5; “Behold, they believed in Christ and worshiped the Father in his name, and also we worship the Father in his name. And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him; and for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness, even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obedient unto the commands of God in offering up his son Isaac, which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son.

Need I say more?

 

All About God

Decrees of God Unalterable

Alma 41:8; “Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.”

Mormon Doctrine, pg. 527; “In all past ages and until recent times in this dispensation, the Lord did not offer the priesthood to the Negroes. However, on June 1, 1978, in the Salt Lake Temple, in the presence of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve, President Spencer W. Kimball received a revelation from the Lord directing that the gospel and the priesthood should now go to all men without reference to race or color.”

This serves as just one example of how the god of Mormonism does indeed change his mind and therefore qualifies as a false prophecy.

God is Unchanging

Mormon 9:9-10; “For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?  And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.”

Moroni 8:18; “For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.”

In addition to that, there are of course more contradictions within the LDS “scriptures” and teachings.  From Gospel Through the Ages, pg. 107; “In the words of Dr. John A. Widtsoe, “God and man are of the same race, differing only in their degrees of advancement.”  Additional light is thrown on the subject by Charles W. Penrose:  To know God we must know ourselves. All the personal attributes which are ascribed to God by inspired men, we find in ourselves. . . . Mormonism does not tend to debase God to the level of man, but to exalt man to the perfection of God.”

God is progressive and advancing

 

Articles of Faith, pg. 390; “We believe in a God who is Himself progressive, whose majesty is intelligence; whose perfection consists in eternal advancement—a Being who has attained His exalted state…In spite of the opposition of the sects, in the face of direct charges of blasphemy, the Church proclaims the eternal truth: “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.”

The two sets of examples above give you another idea of why the Mormon people are often in a state of confusion.  They know they’ve been told that God is always the same, yet he was once a man who progressed to the state of godhood.

The doctrine contradicting itself has qualified as a false prophecy, but in addition to their “scripture” we also have the word of God which proves the untruthfulness in this prophecy. 

 

Numbers 23:19 says; “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

Eternal Progression

Distinct Doctrines and Teachings of the PofGP, pg. 76;“He [the Father] will then take a higher exaltation, [that is, in glory] and I [Jesus] shall take his place, and thereby become exalted myself. So that Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father, and inherits what God did before; and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children….

God’s wrath late being poured out

D&C 101:11; “Mine indignation is soon to be poured out without measure upon all nations; and this will I do when the cup of their iniquity is full.”

As of 2006, it’s been 176 yrs.  What is the meaning of “soon”?

No other gods but God

Joseph Smith Translation Bible – Is. 45:21; “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together; who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no god else beside me; a just God, and a Savior; there is none beside me.”

KJV Bible –Is. 45:21-2; “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

The Miracle of Forgiveness, pg. 3; “The scriptures point clearly to the high purpose of man’s existence…records made available to us through the modern Prophet Joseph Smith…Through him God has abundantly confirmed that man is the supreme creation, made in the image and similitude of God and his Son, Jesus Christ… having within him the seeds of godhood and thus being a god in embryo, man has unlimited potential for progress and attainment.”

All About the Holy Spirit/Ghost

Who or What is the Holy Ghost/Spirit?

Mormon Doctrine pg. 358; “The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a Personage of Spirit, a Spirit Person, a Spirit Man, a Spirit Entity. He can be in only one place at one time and he does not and cannot transform himself into any other form or image than that of the Man whom he is, though his power and influence can be manifest at one and the same time through all immensity. (D. & C. 130:22-23; Teachings, p. 190, 275-276; Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed., pp. 59-62.)

3 Nephi 19:6; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

2 Nephi 31:21; “And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.”

Acts 4:12; “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Notice the similarities between the Mormon doctrine and what the Bible says, yet the LDSChurch teaches the Bible has been mistranslated.  The other obvious problem is truth.  1 – Their understanding of the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit is not the same as that of the body of Christ.  They believe “it” is two different “entities”.  2 – The doctrine contradicts itself with the reality of what they really believe.  They do not believe He is part of the Trinity. 

This is a classic example of what Jesus warned the people about in Mark 13:21-3; “And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.  But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.”

This is why we at Life After Ministries have this website and why we expose the darkness of these teachings.  It isn’t to bash or to be rude to the people of Mormonism, on the contrary!  The doctrine and the people are not the same thing!  On the surface Mormonism looks great, it uses the same terminology in many ways and the people are sincere about their faith.  They aren’t out there to deliberately lie to the world, but what they’re passing on to the next generation and the unsuspecting public is not truth. 

All About Salvation

Redemption from the Fall

Ether 3:13: “And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.”

Articles of Faith 2 says; “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.”

If you’re a member of the LDSChurch simply take a moment here and think about these two prophecies that Joseph Smith gave the people.  This is probably one of the clearest inconsistencies which qualify as a false prophecy in the Church.

 

Various

Spirit of man sexually begotten by Heavenly Father

Latter-day Prophets Speak: Selections from the Sermons and Writings of Church Presidents, Book 5; “There is not a person here today but what is a son or a daughter of that Being. In the spirit world their spirits were first begotten and brought forth, and they lived there with their parents for ages before they came here. This, perhaps, is hard for many to believe, but it is the greatest nonsense in the world not to believe it. If you do not believe it, cease to call Him Father; and when you pray, pray to some other character. -Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 4:216, February 8, 1857

Spirit of man not created

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 158; “The spirit of man is not a created being; it existed from eternity, and will exist to eternity. Anything created cannot be eternal; and earth, water, etc., had their existence in an elementary state, from eternity. Our Savior speaks of children and says, Their angels always stand before my Father. The Father called all spirits before Him at the creation of man, and organized them. He (Adam) is the head, and was told to multiply. The keys were first given to him, and by him to others. He will have to give an account of his stewardship, and they to him.”

So, out of the last two prophecies which one is correct?

Commanded to Eat Raw Meat

1 Nephi 17:2, 12; “And so great were the blessings of the Lord upon us, that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness, our women did give plenty of suck for their children, and were strong, yea, even like unto the men…For the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness; for he said: I will make thy food become sweet, that ye cook it not.”

Exodus 12:9 says just the opposite:  Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.”

Which one is from God?  If you say the book of Nephi then what God has said in Exodus is a lie and vice versa.

No Such River

1 Nephi 2:8; “And it came to pass that he called the name of the river, Laman, and it emptied into the Red Sea; and the valley was in the borders near the mouth thereof.”

Smith claims all the books he wrote came from direct revelation from God or he “translated them through the spirit of God”.  The book of Nephi is the first book in the Book of Mormon.  No river has ever emptied into the Red Sea.  Not now, not ever.  This is a false prophecy.

Trust in God or Man? 

2 Nephi 28:31; “Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Jer. 17:5; “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”

Follow the Living Prophets, pgs. 110-111; “…the Lord taught the Saints that they were to “give heed unto all his [Joseph Smith’s] words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them…Numerous other canonized scriptural statements also attest to the ongoing need for additional revelation, through living oracles, that may expand or constrict previously revealed principles and programs and provide interpretations and applications of canonized scriptures to modern-day needs and circumstances…”

First we have the problem of 2 Nephi 28:31 plagiarizing the prophecy Jeremiah gave to Judah.  Secondly, we have the problem of changing the original prophecy, the most significant part being; “and whose heart departeth from the LORD”.   And last but certainly not least, 2nd Nephi contradicts what the book “Follow the Living Prophets” says. 

It saddens my heart to see how they’ve indeed gone to man for additional revelations that may “expand or constrict previously revealed principles and provide interpretations to modern-day needs”.

The Church is Infallible 

Divine Authority, or the question:  Was Joseph sent of God?, pg. 3; “If the Latter-day Saints are not what they profess to be, one thing is certain, that no one ever will be able to confute their doctrine by the scriptures; however imperfect the people may be, their doctrine is infallible. Can this be said of any other people who have existed on the eastern hemisphere during the last 1700 years? No.” –  Orson Pratt.

Orson Pratt was an apostle in the church.  Based on this website alone this prophecy is false, not to mention the hundreds of other sites on the net that prove the doctrines of Mormonism to be false.

Journal of Discourses 24:185; “There has been no lack about this work. Its principles have withstood all that has been brought against them. They stand unshaken because they are founded on eternal truth. The whole clergy of the world may array themselves against them, as they have to a certain extent; they may endeavor to controvert these principles, but they are founded on truth and they cannot be overturned. Not a single principle that has been declared or been testified to by the Elders of this Church from the beginning up to the present time can be assailed successfully by any religionist, nor by scientific men, because they are impregnable, having had their origin in God…There are no mistakes to be corrected connected with it, either with its doctrine, with its organization, or, with its movement.

This prophecy was given by George Q. Cannon on Sunday, July 15, 1883.  It would be proven a false prophecy less than seven years later by the Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1890 which prohibits polygamy.  It may seem that this is excluded because he said “nothing can be assailed up to this present time”.  The truth is that if it originated from God it wouldn’t have been overturned.

United States to be Overthrown

Latter-day Prophets Speak – Selections from the Sermons and Writing of Church Presidents; “I prophesy, in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the State of Missouri and punish the crimes committed by officers, that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left for their wickedness in permitting the murder of men, women and children, and the wholesale plunder and extermination of thousands of her citizens to go unpunished, thereby perpetrating a foul and corroding blot upon the fair fame of this great republic, the very thought of which would have caused the high-minded and patriotic framers of the Constitution of the United States to hide their faces with shame.” –  Joseph Smith, Jr., “Historical Record,” p. 514, May 18, 1843.”

It has been 160 years and five months from the time of this writing back to the time of the prophecy of the US to be overthrown.  I wonder what the people thought when the prophet’s prophecies didn’t come true?  I usually receive the answer that “he just wasn’t speaking as a prophet that time”.

Moon and Sun Inhabited

Oliver Huntington Journal, Book 14; also found in The Young Woman’s Journal, published by the Young Ladies’ MIA, 1892, 3:263-64 and Journal of Discourses 13:271 by Brigham Young.

In 1837 Joseph Smith prophesied to Oliver Huntington; “Inhabitants of the Moon are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants of the Earth, being about 6 feet in height.  They dress very much like the Quaker Style and quite general in Style, or the one fashion of dress.  They live to be very old; coming generally near a thousand years.  This is the description of them as given by Joseph Smith the Seer.

Journal of Discourses 13:271-2; “Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon? When we view its face we may see what is termed “the man in the moon,” and what some philosophers declare are the shadows of mountains. But these sayings are very vague, and amount to nothing; and when you inquire about the inhabitants of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the most ignorant of their fellows. So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life there? No question of it; it was not made in vain.

Recorded in the Journal of Oliver B. Huntington was the account of Joseph Smith’s prophecy about the inhabitants on the moon.  The Church actually printed the copy of his journal in two different church authorized manuals; The Young Woman’s Journal and the Young Ladies MIA as late as 1892; obviously giving their approval.  Mormons will say that Smith wasn’t speaking as a prophet at the time, but notice in the Journal of Discourses the way that Brigham Young backs up Smith’s prophecy and adds even more to it!

 

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