Joseph Smith: Personal Journals Were Origin of NT

07 December

Psalms 12:6-7; “The words of the Lord are pure words: As silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

young-womans-journalIn an e-mail I received from Today in Mormon History a couple of days ago, one of their entries noted a false prophecy of Joseph Smith. While that in itself wasn’t anything new, the rest of what is said in the original source of the ‘Young Women’s Journal’, was.

I’m quite certain I made the comment awhile back that nothing they say could shock me anymore. Although I still hold to my statement, there’s just something about their writings I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to. Today, is case in point.

When you see the original source, you’ll come upon a scene of blasphemous carnage in biblical proportion. It doesn’t surprise me they’d say things like they did, but it crushes me when I think of the overall effect it’s had on my people. In a matter of one page of their journal, there were no less than eight subject matters where they twisted and maligned God’s word.

Because one of their entries ties in with what we’ve been looking at the past few days, today we’re finding out how Joe Smith defined what is, and isn’t scripture. So here we go!

Young Woman’s Journal: Vol. 2, No. 10, July 1891, p. 466

“OUR SUNDAY CHAPTER. WORDS AND INCIDENTS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH’S LIFE.  Springville, Utah, May, 1891.

… And now, while speaking of the Prophet, I will relate one or two more sayings of his, which, though somewhat of a personal nature, are the words of a great prophet of God, and by repeating his words and works I think I honor him and God who sent him and give information to future generations—at least I help fulfill one of his predictions…

He was advising the Elders all to keep daily journals, “For,” said he, “your journals will be sought after as history and scripture. That is the way the New Testament came, what we have of it, though much of the matter there was written by the apostles from their memory of what had been done, because they were not prompt in keeping daily journals.”

I have kept the journal as he directed, and you, dear Editor, have sought the matter I have written therein, thus we are both contributing to the fulfilling of that prediction. Many similar incidents have occurred of late years…” – Yours truly, O. B. Huntington. [emp. mine]

Matthew 5:18; “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

I’m certain you’ll see the two major problems in the foregoing LDS comments –

  1. You can’t arbitrarily take it upon yourself to fulfill scripture, or say you’re fulfilling it. The ONLY person with authority to state they were fulfilling scripture is Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate.
  1. Joe Smith’s assessment of how the NT came about, is blasphemous beyond description! The epistles and gospels written by the apostles, were a result of God, not man. Hence the term, ‘theopneustos’, or (‘God-breathed’).
  1. Jesus’ statement in Matthew was a foreshadowing of what He was going to do, and in John 19:30, He declared it was finished; meaning the Law was fulfilled. What else could there possibly be to fulfill in the 19th century that hadn’t already been taken care of?

While scripture can be fulfilled through extraneous sources, i.e. Tyre, the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, or Pilate condemning Jesus to death, these events were fulfilled by God allowing them to happen. They weren’t cherry picked out of the Bible to see what, or how, they could personally be the fulfillment of a scripture.

Pray for those who read these things when they become incorporated into their teaching manuals here and there. We’re praying that God protects their minds and hearts, and they’ll start to question why something contradicts past teachings.

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