Archive for the ‘Joseph Smith’ Category

Jospeh Smith’s Attack on the Sufficiency of the Bible

November 2, 2009

I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.

Joseph Smith, DHC 4:461; also TPJS, 194.

Joseph Smith  (had been given) “power from on high…to translate the Book of Mormon; which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also.”

D&C 20:8-9

This attacks the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture since it implies that the gospel is not fully made known in the New Testament. It strongly implies that to get really near to God you can’t rely on the Bible’s doctrine but need also the book of Mormon.

the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible

October 3, 2009

for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.

Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1:12

Which is equivalent to saying in a  court trial:  “The witnesses contradict one another, therefore there is no true witness among them.  And what’s more – believe me” (even though they claim to be eye-witnesses and I wasn’t at the scene). It’s what’s known as a non sequitur.

more Mormon quotes

God is my ‘right hand man’ – Joseph Smith

September 19, 2009

I combat the errors of the ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the Gordian knot of powers, and I solve mathematical problems of universities, with truth — diamond truth; and God is my ‘right hand man’.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:78

If they want a beardless boy to whip all the world, I will get on the top of a mountain and crow like a rooster: I shall always beat them…I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him, but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:408-9, Address of the Prophet – His Testimony Against the Dissenters at Nauvoo.

‘I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam’  – I suppose we can’t speak of the Fundamentalist LDS then?

Antichrists deny Joseph Smith says Brigham Young

September 11, 2009

I will now give my scripture: `Whosoever confesseth that Joseph Smith was sent of God to reveal the holy Gospel to the children of men, and lay the foundation for gathering Israel, and building up the kingdom of God on the earth, that spirit is of God; and every spirit that does not confess that God has sent Joseph Smith, and revealed the everlasting Gospel and through him, is of Antichrist’

Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, p. 176

Joseph Smith holds the keys – says Brigham Young

September 11, 2009

Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation, and is now engaged behind the vail in the great work of the last days…no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are–I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent. He holds the keys of that kingdom for the last dispensation–the keys to rule in the spirit-world; and he rules there triumphantly, for he gained full power and a glorious victory over the power of Satan while he was yet in the flesh, and was a martyr to his religion and to the name of Christ, which gives him a most perfect victory in the spirit-world. He reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim–‘Oh, that is very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!’ But it is true.

Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, volume 7, 289 (9 October 1859)

It’s not just ‘very disagreeable’ and ‘preposterous’ – it’s blasphemous. John 14.6 says Christ is the way. “I am the door of the sheep.” says the Lord Jesus in John 10.7 – he didn’t mention another one who would bar the way once through Christ the door.

And thus, for this dispensation of grace, we come to Joseph Smith. He was called of God to reveal anew the doctrines of salvation. He was called of God to stand as the Lord’s legal administrator, dispensing salvation to all men — repeat: all men — in the last days. Christ is the True Vine; Joseph Smith is the chief branch for our day.

Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, 333 – 334

Adding to Scripture

September 4, 2009

Joseph Fielding Smith (Mormon President 1970-72) said that a cup of tea can keep a member out of heaven:

…but my brethren if you drink coffee or tea, or take tobacco, are you letting a cup of tea or a little tobacco stand in the road and bar you from the Celestial Kingdom of God, where you might otherwise have received a fulness of glory?

“Oh, it is such a little thing, and the Lord will forgive us.” Well, there is not anything that is little in the way of sinning. There is not anything that is little in the world in the aggregate. One cup of tea, then it is another cup of tea and another cup of tea, and when you get them all together, they are not so little.

Joseph Smith, Mormon founder, drank tea, beer, wine and possibly smoked too.

Do as I say, not as I do

August 29, 2009

In The Saint’s Herald (22 January 1935, page 110) Joseph Smith’s son tells how his father had a new home built for his family in 1842. The main room contained a bar, with counter, shelves, bottles, glasses, and other paraphernalia customary for a FULLY -EQUIPPED TAVERN BAR, and Porter Rockwell in charge as tender. When challenged by his wife over such impropriety he reminded her that all taverns had their bars at which liquor was sold or dispensed.

She then said the bar had to go or she and the kids. Joseph had the bar removed.

As Mayor of Nauvoo he passed an ordinance

Joseph Smith, authorizing himself to sell liquor:

“Ordinance on the Personal Sale of Liquors. Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Nauvoo, that the Mayor of the city be and is hereby authorized to sell or give spirits of any quantity as he in his wisdom shall judge to be for the health and comfort, or convenience of such travelers or other persons as shall visit his house from time to time.Passed December 12, 1843.JOSEPH SMITH, Mayor. WILLARD RICHARDS, Recorder.” (History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 111)

On polygamy – by the time the ‘revelation’ on polygamy had been given allowing the practice in 1843, Jospeh Smith had already taken 27 other wives.

Today, Mormons are expected to abstain from all alcoholic beverages (see Doctrine and Covenants: Section 89).

Mormonism, A Gold-Plated Religion, Mike and Ann Thomas, Alpha, pp.87-88