Past Revelations vs. New Revelations

11 October

salt-lake-mormon-temple-2Oh the tangled web they weave…

As time has waned on for the Church, they’ve made a strict practice of not giving heed to many of their past proclamations. In Mormonism, there are no hard and fast rules, and our example today is a classic display of how they operate.

Joseph Smith emphatically preached that a sign of a false teacher/angel is when they contradict former revelations. In Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 215, Smith gave one of the criteria for testing a false prophet/prophecy;

“…How, it may be asked, was this known to be a bad angel? … …by his contradicting a former revelation.”

Throwing proverbial caution to the wind, they disregarded what their beloved founder warned them of on more than one occasion. However, this should come as no surprise considering Smith’s notorious reputation for doing the very thing he warned them against.

Apparently no one knew the definition of ‘integrity’, let alone the truth about God, or what He said in Deuteronomy 18:20-22.

Smith also peppered his inspired canon with the warning from his god everything he commanded would be fulfilled D&C 1:37. How could it ever be fulfilled if they decide the revelation is no longer any good?

Fast forward 140 years, and we’ll see then apostle Ezra Taft Benson (later the 13th Mormon prophet), declare it was okay to ignore previous prophecies in his 1980 sermon “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet” –

“Third: The Living Prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet… Beware of those who would pit the dead prophets against the living prophets, for the living prophets always take precedence.”

Our list could go on forever, but for now we’ve limited it to just three others you can read below.

Polygamy, aka the “New and Everlasting Covenant” –

D&C 132 was replaced with the Church’s manifesto known as Official Declaration 1 which condemns polygamy altogether. Ironically, D&C 132 is still couched in their official canon.

The United Order (Order of Enoch) was to be “everlasting” D&C 82:20, 104:1, but it was abolished with a later revelation D&C 104:47, 53. You can read more info about this in our article 120+ False Prophecies of Joseph Smith.

Blacks were given the priesthood in June 1978 – see Official Declaration 2, and two months later in August 1978, LDS apostle Bruce McConkie told members they should forget everything they’d been told in the past.

Forget What We’ve Said, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore…

“All Are Alike unto God”, August 18, 1978; “We have now had added a new flood of intelligence and light on this particular subject, and it erases all the darkness and all the views and all the thoughts of the past. They don’t matter anymore.

It doesn’t make a particle of difference what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June of this year, 1978. It is a new day and a new arrangement, and the Lord has now given the revelation that sheds light out into the world on this subject.” – Bruce McConkie

Given this track record of the Mormon god, would you be willing to place your eternal destiny in his hands?

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