Sunday, September 13, 2020

First Vision Fraud

I have previously posted articles demonstrating the lie of Joseph Smith’s “First Vision”:

As well, I have linked to at least 11 other articles which also exposed the fraud of the “First Vision” of Smith’s (look at the labels in the right-hand column).

Now I am linking you to an excellent examination by Utah Lighthouse Ministry, and below I am citing parts of this article to whet your whistle, so to speak.

CHALLENGING THE VISION
Fawn Brodie, writing in 1945, pointed out that there were no contemporary accounts of Smith’s 1820 vision until Orson Pratt published his pamphlet “An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions” in 1840. LDS historian James B. Allen frankly admitted that the story of the First Vision “was not given general circulation in the 1830’s.” Dr. Allen also admitted that “none of the available contemporary writings about Joseph Smith in the 1830’s, none of the publications of the Church in that decade, . . . mentions the story of the first vision. . . .” Dr. Allen went on to state that in the 1830’s “the general membership of the Church knew little, if anything, about it.” ….

CONTRADICTIONS
A few basic contradictions among the accounts include the following: According to the 1832 account Smith would have been 15, not 14, and had already concluded that all churches were wrong before entering the grove to pray, but the official account claims it was the heavenly visitors who first inform him of that. Also it does not mention a demonic presence at the start of the experience, yet later accounts do. In the 1832 account only Jesus was said to have appeared, but in later versions it was either angels or the Father and Son. The early accounts mention Smith was seeking forgiveness for his sins, whereas later accounts stress his desire to know which Christian denomination was accepted by God. According to various accounts Smith had his First Vision in 1820, 1821, or 1823.

Additionally, in the official account Smith claimed that the neighborhood revival occurred in 1820, while historical records indicate a revival date between 1824- 1825.

Most of the accounts of the First Vision prior to 1875 described the appearance of either one or more angels, but rarely God and Jesus. And even then, there was no emphasis on the Father as a physical being.

As you can easily see from these quotes, there are some very real problems with Smith’s story about his “First Vision.” The article is a very in-depth study of the topic, proving once and for all that the “First Vision” never happened.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Did They Really Say That?!?

Thanks to the Life After Ministry site I learned some teaching by Joseph Smith which I never before heard or read. To wit: The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that Noah is the angel Gabriel and stands next to Adam in holding the keys of salvation.

This lie is found in Gospel Topics—Noah. When you look at the full entry you should see some other bizarre lies about Noah, so let’s just take them one at a time.

[Noah] testified of Christ. Please show me where this is even hinted at in the Bible. Lie number 1.

When the people rejected his message, God commanded him to build an ark to house his family and all the animals when the earth was flooded to destroy the wicked.
God had already decided to destroy the earth and no where in the Bible does it say God decided that due to Noah’s preaching being rejected. Lie number 2.

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that Noah is the angel Gabriel.  (As noted above.) Angels are a different category of beings than are humans so Noah could NOT be Gabriel.  Lie number 3.

[Noah] stands next to Adam in holding the keys of salvation. Adam never held any “keys to salvation” and neither did Noah.  Lies number 4 and 5.

The Lord renewed the covenant he had made with Enoch with Noah. Please show me from the Bible where God made a covenant with Enoch. Biblically-speaking, the covenant with Noah (and creation) symbolized by the sign of the rainbow, was never given first to Enoch, let alone Enoch receiving any covenant at all.  Lie number 6.

Noah was ordained to the priesthood when he was ten years old by Methuselah. There was no priesthood of believers before Israel when the Aaronic priesthood was established. Lie number 7.

Men tried to take his life, but the power of God saved him.  Where does it say this in the Bible?  Lie number 8.

He became a preacher of righteousness… So was Noah a preacher before the Flood, as noted above, or did he become a preacher after the Flood? This is at least a contradiction because if he was a preacher before, then he wouldn’t become one after, rather he’d still be one!

and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Since Noah had no idea of a future Messiah (a teaching revealed to Israel), how could he teach a “gospel” which didn’t exist?!? Lie number 9.

So in this one teaching from the LDS there are 9 outright lies and one contradiction!

Well, Mormons, I’lll stake my salvation of the Jesus of the Bible and not the imaginary one Joseph Smith made up and that you still preach. As Paul says in Galatians 1:8-9: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. And again in 2 Corinthians 11: 3-4: But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.  (KJV)

Leave the LDS and seek the true God and Jesus of the Bible.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Agglomeration

I am getting so behind in the topics I want to share on this blog as I pray that readers will see the error of the LDS, that I’m going have another collection of links to articles I think are really important.

If you are a Mormon, please thoughtfully study what you read at the linked articles. If you know a Mormon, please share these articles.  The truth about Mormonism and its false belief system is easily discerned if people are truly seeking the God of the Bible.

I just came across this article from August 2019, but I think it is still worth sharing. I hope more of this type of lawsuit takes place.

If the Mormon prophets are truly prophets of God, why do they need to keep changing things?  (The Book of Mormon itself has 4,000 changes.) Temple clothes are another thing being changed —if they got the design from God via Smith?…

Why do Mormons feel the need to continue attacking Christians, all the while claiming they do not do so?

Why is there so much lying by LDS Church leadership? It happens again and again. In fact, the whole of Joseph Smith’s teachings are proven too many times to be nothing but lies.

And it isn’t just lies, but also plagiarisms! And don’t even get me started on the many, many contradictions in Mormon teachings; you can find a lot of those noted on this blog by selecting the subject “Contradictions.” Here’s another link with LDS contradictions.
Think about it — it the church has so many contradictions in its teachings, how can it be from God?

What happened to Zelph? If the story about him is true, why is he not in the forefront of LDS teachings which supposedly prove Joe Smith was a prophet of God?

Joseph Smith claimed Jesus was a polygamist and that he, Joseph, is a descendant of Jesus and therefore is qualified to hold the “keys of salvation.” This is one of the most blasphemous teachings of the Mormon Church.

Well, I guess that’s enough thought-provoking for now — at least I HOPE it provokes thinking. Mormons are still dead in their sins without a real savior.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Did They Really Say That?!?

Some have said that I was very presumptuous to say that Brother Brigham was my God and Saviour, Brother Joseph was his God and the one that gave Joseph the keys of the kingdom was his God which was Peter. Jesus Christ was his God and (the) Father of Jesus Christ was Adam.

Journal of Wilford Woodruff, April 10, 1852.

This is among the most blasphemous statements one will find in the Mormon religion. Just take a look at what he’s saying here, and how many gods there are:
Woodruff’s God was Brigham Young.
Young’s God was Joseph Smith.
Smith’s God was the Apostle Peter.
Peter’s God was Jesus.
Jesus’ God was Adam.

First, we have to remember that Mormons believe that all temple Mormons will become gods, so there are gazillions of gods in the universe. In this list each person is worshiping a false god — except Peter is worshiping Jesus and Jesus is God as part of the Trinity. According to this citation even Jesus is worshiping a false god — Adam, the first man! How blasphemous can they get?!?

The Mormon religion is a pagan system of many gods; i.e. polytheism.  And every single one of them is a false god, a non-existing god to begin with.  Scripture tells us there is only one God, Yahweh. His name is not Adam or any other appellation from Mormonism. 


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Did They Really Say That?!?

The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples, causing his crucifixion, was evidently based upon polygamy, according to the testimony of the philosophers who rose in that age. A belief in the doctrine of a plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus and his followers. We might almost think they were ‘Mormons.’

(Jedediah Grant, Journal of Discourses 1:346)”. Jesus Was Married, p. 48 by Ogden Kraut.

Firstly, Jesus was never married. Nowhere in the Bible will find that notion even hinted at. Secondly, God did not and does not approve of polygamy, as I prove in this article.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were against Jesus because of His teachings, not because he was a polygamist. What you see here instead is another Mormon lie. Mormon polygamy was initiated by Joseph Smith to excuse away his serial adultery. To say God approves of such sexual immorality is nothing less than abject blasphemy.

Friday, March 13, 2020

LDS: Christians Rob Souls of Men


The original post of what I am posting below is found at Life After Ministry.

1 John 2:9 “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

Today we’re looking at excerpts taken from a Mormon circular published in 1848 by LDS apostle, Orson Spencer.

While we’re not immune to coming across anti-Christian literature in Mormon propaganda, it was surprising to see an entire booklet dedicated to defaming Christianity. The booklet was written and printed for members living in Great Britain just four years after Joe, and Hyrum Smith were killed in Nauvoo, IL. Because of its sheer length, we’ve pulled a few quotes for examples. To read their entire circular, see link provided below.

Sadly, the Church’s attitude towards Christianity hasn’t changed. Proof  of this is seen in their canon — 1 Nephi 14:10.

It’s important for Christians to remember when witnessing to Mormons there’s not any one thing that’ll change their minds. This is done through the supernatural work of God’s Holy Spirit! Our job is to plant seeds of truth by explaining the identity of the real Jesus of the Bible.

We’ve posted our findings today to provide insight on what Mormons really think of people who aren’t LDS.

Although it’s not new to me personally, it’ll always be heartbreaking to know this is how I used to think each day when I was LDS.

Pray for those who feel trapped to ask the Lord for courage to leave!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle



LDS More Faithful Than Any Other People

“We claim that no people of any age of the world ever kept the commandments of God more faithfully under circumstances as trying and difficult…
…it is utterly impossible for any man to show up any manifest discrepancy between the doctrines and ordinances of the Latter-day Saints, and the doctrines and ordinances of the Primitive Saints, it is equally impossible to show that the former have not maintained these doctrines and ordinances more faithfully than any other people on the face of the whole earth. …

Evil Christianity Shouldn’t Talk Against LDS

[p.2] … Before men can successfully traduce and impeach the character of the Latter-day Saints, they have to demolish the only bible standard of character.

Our accusers are indeed the devoted advocates of modern Christianity…Modern Christianity is a libel on the bible. …

It strips the bible of all that makes it savory to the souls of men, for this world and the next. Many of the abettors of Christianity do this…

The friends of modern Christianity are the last people that should talk against the character of the Latter-day Saints; but still they talk the most, and are the most virulent opposers. …

Modern Christianity Robs The Souls Of Man

[p.3] … Blush for thy character, oh thou advocate of modern Christianity. Thou art robbing the souls of men of the most precious blessings ever revealed to man!

… Thou art substituting a false and strange God in the place of the true and living God. …

Millions Have Perished In 17 Centuries Of Darkness

Thou hast so mutilated and garbled the ancient gospel, for more than seventeen hundred years, and darkened the pathway to heaven, by commentaries and the precepts of men, that many generations have lived and perished under thy deceivings without God in the world. …

Abominable Modern Christianity

[p.4]The character of modern Christianity is abominable everywhere. The very heathens are ashamed of her vices, and dread to come in contact with her polluted breath…When a few more of the servants of God have sealed their testimony with their blood, the shame of her nakedness will not only be made manifest, but she will be burned with fire.” — Orson Spencer, 1848


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Did They Really Say That?!?

Let this Church which is called the kingdom of God on the earth;… [say] we will summons the first presidency, the twelve, the high counsel, the Bishopric, and all the elders of Israel, suppose we summons them to appear here, and here declare that it is right to mingle our seed with the black race of Cain, that they shall come in with us and be partakers with us of all the blessings God had given to us. On that very day and hour we should do so, the priesthood is taken from this Church and kingdom and God leaves us to our fate. The moment we consent to mingle with the seed of Cain the Church must go to destruction, we should receive the curse which has been placed upon the seed of Cain, and never more be numbered with the children of Adam who are heirs to the priesthood until that curse be removed. 

Brigham Young, February 5, 1852.

Another false prophecy from a Mormon prophet.  It seems that in June 1978 the LDS priesthood and blessings were extended to blacks (i.e. “the seed of Cain”) and yet the church hasn’t gone “to destruction.”

Friday, January 31, 2020

Agglomeration

As I do on my main apologetics blog, I like to post a collection of links to articles which my readers should find of interest. When it comes to Mormonism, I can’t help but link to articles on an excellent site which exposes the false teachings of that belief system. I usually have links to other sites also, so this won’t be totally a promotion of Life After Ministry — but very close! So let’s get started.

Would you like a crash course on Mormonism in order to converse with the “missionary” at your door?

Mormonism is rife with contractions in their teachings, and they know it but don’t want to acknowledge it. They often will hide these past contradictions, especially to their young people.  They often defy the rest of humanity as they contradict themselves. I could give evidence after evidence showing LDS contradictions, but let’s just look at this last one, concerning the term “only begotten.” 

The LDS history is also rife with false prophecies; here’s one I hadn’t previously heard of.

Mormons always claim they don’t attack Christians and therefore we shouldn’t “attack” (i.e. expose) them. Those who have read this blog know that I have listed many times and places where Mormons denigrate Christianity and really attack it.  I found this older article which gives more great examples refuting this lie of Mormonism.

If the Mormons ever studied archaeology they would learn that the whole origin of their religion, and the claims of the Book of Mormon, just don’t have anything about them which is part of reality.

More evidence proving Joseph Smith’s “first vision” was totally fabricated.

The truth about Joseph Smith’s “martyrdom” is that he died in a gun battle, not as a martyr.

Another anachronism proving the lie of Mormonism.

About those witnesses to the Book of Mormon—their “evidence" couldn’t even stand up in court.


It still all comes down to sex for salvation.

Did you know that God was wrong to give Adam just one wife? Well according to Mormonism, monogamy degenerates humanity.  Actually, many studies have shown that polygamy degenerates humanity.  Just look at how it degrades women!

Well, now we’ll end this edition with two items currently in the news: 

The LDS is trying to re-invent their racist past but a printing error brings it out! I guess the Book of Mormon is now wrong and that the racial curse is just a theory.

Brigham Young University is now allowing same-sex couples to participate in a ballroom dance competition. This is giving tacit approval to homosexual relationships, contrary to God’s commands against homosexuality.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Mormon Bread and Water “Sacrament”

The following article is posted by permission, and I hope it gets spread around all over the Internet. The original can be found here.
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Mormon Bread and Water Sacrament
01/10/2020 by lifeafterministry

Today we’re looking at the LDS version of Communion, or Sacrament, as it is known in Mormonism. Because nothing in Mormonism is straightforward, you’ll find multiple layers to this ordinance. I’ve tried to lessen the confusion by highlighting the bottom line in each of their explanations of how this works.

You can read a brief explanation, and links for each item at the end of this article.
  • Mormons believe they can be cleansed of sin by taking the Sacrament.
  • Mormons believe they renew covenants made at baptism by taking Sacrament.
  • Mormons believe that leavened bread (Wonderbread®) and water, represent Jesus’ sinless sacrifice, and spilt blood at the cross.
  • Mormons believe children taking Sacrament is good practice for oaths they’ll take in the future.
  • Mormons believe Jesus told Joe Smith it doesn’t matter what you eat or drink at Communion.
1 Corinthians 11:24-26 “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”

Obviously, the meaning of the Last Supper has been lost in translation somewhere. There was no mention of Passover in any of the references I pulled, and no mention of how Passover was a foreshadowing of Jesus’ spilt blood, or sinless sacrifice.

During their Sacrament meetings the elements are passed to the congregation after perfunctory prayers are offered by 12 year old boys dressed in white shirts, and conservative ties. As mentioned above, people of all ages may participate in taking Sacrament, even though they also state this ritual is to renew covenants you’ve made previously.

We’re wondering…

Where is Jesus in all of this?
Tragically, it’s hard to ignore their bread and water routine is eerily similar to the old adage of what convicts are served in prison.

Ensign, ‘Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament,’ September 2001; “Throughout the Church each week, members gather for the opportunity to partake of the sacrament. This…provides a way whereby we can be cleansed of our sins.” – Vaughn J. Featherstone [emphasis added]

Encyclopedia of Mormonism 1992; “…The Sacrament in LDS belief does not serve primarily as a means of securing remission of sins. It does, however, focus attention on the sacrifice for sin wrought by the Savior and on the need for all those who have been baptized to maintain their lives constantly in harmony with his teachings and commandments.” [emphasis added]

Gospel Topics, Sacrament; “…In partaking of the sacrament and making these commitments, Church members renew the covenant they made at baptism…In return, the Lord renews the promised remission of sin and enables Church members to “always have his Spirit to be with them…” [emphasis added]

Liahona, Worshiping at Sacrament Meeting,’ August 2004; “…Little children, as sinless beneficiaries of the Lord’s Atonement, may partake of the sacrament as they prepare for covenants that they will make later in life.” – Russell M. Nelson

Gospel Principles, pp 33-37; “…During the sacrament, we partake of bread and water … in a latter-day revelation He has said that it doesn’t matter what we eat and drink during the sacrament as long as we remember Him (see D&C 27:2–3).” [emphasis added]

Be sure to share this info with a Mormon!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle


Original posting 1/9/2015.