Journal of Discourses 16:135-136 “We read that he went to his own native country, where he was born, among his neighbors and acquaintances on a certain occasion, and that he could not do many mighty miracles there because of their unbelief.
What a great pity it was that Jesus had not some of the learned divines of the present day to instruct him!
They would no doubt have told Jesus that because of the greatness of the unbelief in his own neighborhood and among his acquaintances he must perform some greater miracles among them than he did anywhere else.
That would have been consistent with the present ideas of theologians. But in those days Jesus operated among the people according to their faith, and the greater the unbelief, the less the miracles.” — Orson Pratt, New Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Sunday Morning, July, 13, 1873
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”
In Mormonism there’s a well known saying ~ ‘Faith precedes the miracle’ which is actually a book written in 1972 by Spencer Kimball (LDS 12th Prophet/President). In short, the phrase means God either can’t, and/or won’t, perform miracles unless man ponies up first. After running a Google search, this topic has been talked about numerous times over the years by many in the LDS Church.
Beloved, there’s nothing in the Bible suggesting such a thing! What good deed could sinful man perform for God to send the miracle of His Son Jesus? As Melissa pointed out the other day, our works are as filthy rags – Isaiah 64:6.
God is Sovereign which means He acts independently, and autonomously from His surroundings. He doesn’t need anything, or anyone, in order to operate what He sees fit to do in this world.
Think about it dear one – just how dependable is a god that needs you?
What if this god is busy serving someone else in their hour of need? What will you do then?
Even the heretical LDS reference by Orson Pratt listed above, admitted that Jesus showed up when man was misbehaving. How could He show up if this were true? According to Mormonism, nothing good from God will ever happen unless everyone is on their best behavior. We’ll be waiting for a month of Sundays for this to take place!
One last thing…
Why have they degraded Jesus by saying He should’ve looked to others for advice? Shame on them! Remember to share the truth with the Mormon you know! Jesus is God. He doesn’t need our advice, rather, we need His instruction!
With Love in Christ;