Today while perusing the Encyclopedia of Mormonism I came across an interesting statement by Joseph Smith. It’s times like these when I am convinced they drop little (big, theologically speaking) innuendos steering the Mormon people away from Jesus. I was looking for an official statement on their beliefs regarding temple marriages, the endowments they take out and the importance they play in the Mormon’s life. Here’s what it said:
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg 1448; “The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that this Endowment was necessary to empower one “to overcome all things” (TPJS, p. 91).”
My first thought was John 16:30-33; “Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
So forget that Jesus came from God. They don’t have a good sense to the significance of this statement anyway because of the LDS teaching that everyone came from God so what’s the big deal that Jesus came from God?
Add to that teaching the Mormon belief Jesus is the brother of Lucifer. Who else could be so filthy, dark and ugly in life than Lucifer and here they’ve taught Jesus is associated with Satan himself.
Then Smith has taught their own works inside a temple is how you overcome all things! This is a swipe at taking all glory away from Jesus, all attention, all reverence, honor, worship, acknowledgement that He is God and He’s the reason you’re born or even living today…the list is endless.
The significance of Jesus’ statement in John was revolutionary! Jesus told the disciples you know I came from the Father, but soon you’re going to see me go back to the Father alluding to His resurrection.
Then He tells them He has overcome the world! He hadn’t even been crucified at the time of His statement so can you just imagine what the implications meant? What were the disciples thinking and what does it mean for you and me today?
“…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world!” Indeed He has and did and will continue to do so in the everyday life of each believer. God incarnate loves each creature He created and wants to be part of your life personally.
He doesn’t want to rule from above but from within my friend! He overcame the world so you won’t have to reach for a temporal fix that gets you nowhere fast. The words of Joseph Smith are a trick to snare you away from the truth of what Jesus said!
Again we see Joseph Smith using snippets of the Bible that he condemned and used it as a ruse to confuse the unsuspecting. Don’t fall for the tricks!