Living Oracles More Important Than God’s Word

15 November

Matthew 15:8-9; “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

The Occult in Mormonism and the Life of Joseph SmithWhat God-fearing Christian doesn’t know, and treat with awe, the words of Christ in this passage?  I don’t know of any. Do you?

One sign that Mormonism doesn’t qualify as a Christian church is because of statements made by their leaders we’re looking at today. Pray for them, won’t you? Their comments are so brazen and rebellious, it immediately stops me in my tracks.

I’m not so much concerned about the disregard for their own canon, as I am about the word of God. Obviously, if they truly loved Jesus, they’d heed His precious words.

The garish images on the left are but a few of the resources Mormonism relies upon. Coupled with the comments we see today, they stand as a testament to what’s going on inside their hearts.

Marriner W. Merrill

Conference Report, Oct. 1897, 6;

“Here are the living oracles of God, and they are worth more to the Latter-day Saints than all the Bibles, all the Books of Mormon and all the Books of DoctrineMarriner Merrill and Covenants that are written. The Bible is a good thing, the Book of Mormon is a good thing, and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants is a good thing. They are the words of the Lord. But I say that the living oracles of the Church are worth more than all of them. If we could have but one of them, give me the living oracles of the Priesthood for my guidance…” [emp. mine]

Ezra Taft Benson

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 137-138;

Ezra Taft Benson 2“We are admonished to “seek out of the best books words of wisdom” (D&C 88:118). Surely these books must include the scriptures. Alongside them must be the words of the Presidents of the Church. The Lord said of the President of the Church, “His word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth” (D&C 21:5). These books make up what has been referred to as “the Lord’s library”—namely the standard works and the various volumes that contain the words of the different Presidents of the Church. Of the latter volumes, that which would be of greatest importance to you would be the words of the current President of the Church, for his words are directed to our day and our needs.” [emp. mine]

Wilford Woodruff

Conference Report, October 1897, p. 22;

“…Brother Joseph turned to Brother Brigham Young and said, “Brother Brigham IWilford Woodruff 2 want you to take the stand and tell us your views with regard to the written oracles and the written word of God.”

Brother Brigham took the stand, and he took the Bible, and laid it down; he took the Book of Mormon, and laid it down; and he took the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and laid it down before him, and he said: “There is the written word of God to us, concerning the work of God from the beginning of the world, almost, to our day.” “And now,” said he, “when compared with the living oracles those books are nothing to me; those books do not convey the word of God direct to us now, as do the words of a Prophet or a man bearing the Holy Priesthood in our day and generation. I would rather have the living oracles than all the [p.23] writing in the books.” That was the course he pursued. When he was through, Brother Joseph said to the congregation: “Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he has told you the truth.” [emp. mine]

We have but one final thought today and it comes from the mouth of our Lord –

Isaiah 40:8

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

But the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

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