Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Did They Really Say That?!?

Thus to bear witness of Joseph Smith is to bear witness of Jesus Christ, who sent him, in the same way that a testimony of Christ also implies clearly a testimony of the Eternal Father, who sent Him.  On the other hand, to deny Joseph Smith outright—to deny the spiritual impressions which attest to his prophetic assignment—is to deny the Lord who sent him.

BYU Professor Robert L. Millet, “Joseph Smith among the Prophets,” Ensign, June 1944, 20.

So, if you deny that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, you are thereby denying Christ?!?!  Doesn’t that then make accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God a requirement for salvation? Since when is anything but faith in Christ a requirement for salvation?

Then again, how about if I deny Joseph Smith as a prophet and then I am indeed denying the “Lord” who sent him, his “Lord” being the devil!

5 comments:

Jesse said...

Interested folks may benefit from viewing this article on there being no evidence supporting the Book of Mormon:

https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2017/05/no-archaeological-evidence-supporting.html

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

They will also find said evidence by reviewing many articles here in The Anti-Mormon Blog.

Anonymous said...

Glenn,

A sincere question. If we are saved by faith alone, then why does God judge us according to our works?

Alex A.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Alex,
We are rewarded according to our works. What our rewards in heaven are, are not specified, but likened to crowns or victory wreaths, etc.

Jesse said...

This answer should serve the inquirer well:

"In this text, Jesus is not giving us a specific list of things that we need to do in order to obtain salvation. In other words, the context of Matthew 25:31-46 is not about justification, but rather, faithfulness to the will of God. The "sheep" symbolize the true followers of God, whereas the "goats" represent the people who never experienced (or fell away from) true conversion of heart. The works mentioned within this context merely describe the type of person who fits into one of the two distinct, general categories. They are not prescribed as criteria for salvation. In every judgment scene found in Scripture, the Lord points out to our works because they are the evidence of our faithfulness to Him. These works of obedience are the evidence of what is already in our hearts, by faith. While it is true that we will be rewarded for our good works, none of them have any bearing on our salvation (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). Salvation is strictly a free gift that is given to us out of God's unmerited grace to mankind. We do not deserve the gift of justification. It is something that we cannot possibly merit for ourselves (Titus 3:5-7)."

https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2018/02/does-parable-of-sheep-and-goats-teach.html