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Mormon Decisions 10Des Moines Daily News, October 16, 1886, p 20; “Some of the men were excessive chewers of the filthy weed, and their disgusting slobbering and spitting cause Mrs. [Emma] Smith… to make the ironical remark that ‘It would be a good thing if a revelation could be had declaring the use of tobacco a sin, and commanding its suppression’…. The matter was taken up and joked about, one of the brethren suggested that the revelation should also provide for a total abstinence from tea and coffee drinking, intending this as a counter dig at the sisters.” – David Whitmer

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July 22 – Deut. 18:22; “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him”.

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July 20 – Hebrews 9:14; “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

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July 19 – Romans 8:15-6; “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.

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Mormon Decisions 10Faith of a Scientist, p 23; “A prophet is wonderful because he sometimes speaks for the Lord. This occurs on certain occasions when the Lord wills it. On other occasions, he speaks for himself, and one of the wonderful doctrines of the Church is that we don’t believe in the infallibility of any mortal.” – Apostle Henry Eyring

 

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 5:296; “I replied, I was opposed to hanging, even if a man kill another, I will shoot him, or cut off his head, spill his blood on the ground, and let the smoke thereof ascend up to God; and if ever I have the privilege of making a law on that subject, I will have it so.” – Joseph Smith

 

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Ed Decker

July 1, 2014

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Ed DeckerI am not claiming to be a prophet, revelator or even a seer, as did Joseph Smith and later LDS presidents, but I have had something of a revelation of sorts. I was sorting though all the many, recent LDS claims of being true Christians and began to see a pattern of corporate denial of its own basic ‘restorationist’ theology.  They have brought changes so much in opposition to their much-proclaimed only-true-church status as to completely invalidate their claims of a restored church.

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Carthage shootoutMartyrdom:  the act of extreme suffering; torment.

Martyr:  a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounces his or her religion.  One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause or principle.

     The definitions of martyr and martyrdom above will serve as the foundation of what we’re looking at today for this subject matter.  The Mormon Church has emphatically defended their position that Joseph Smith fulfilled the requirements of martyrdom.  I thought it’d behoove us to look at how people in history have indeed become martyrs for the Lord and compare those alongside the case of Joseph Smith.

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Joseph Smith General of NauvooJournal of Discourses 2:186; “I will take the Government of the United States, and the laws of Missouri and Illinois, from the year 1833 to 1845, and if they had been carried out according to their letter and spirit, they would have strung up the murderers and mobocrats who illegally and unrighteously killed, plundered, harassed, and expelled us. I will tell you how much I love those characters. If they had any respect to their own welfare, they would come forth and say, whether Joseph Smith was a Prophet or not, “We shed his blood, and now let us atone for it;” and they would be willing to have their heads chopped off, that their blood might run upon the ground, and the smoke of it rise before the Lord as an incense for their sins. I love them that much. But if the Lord wishes them to live and foam out their sins before all men and women, it is all right, I care not where they go, or what they do.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, February 18, 1855

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 6:448; “To the Marshal of said City, greeting.

You are here commanded to destroy the printing press from whence issues the Nauvoo Expositor, and pi the type of said printing establishment in the street, and burn all the Expositors and libelous handbills found in said establishment; and if resistance be offered to your execution of this order by the owners or others, demolish the house; and if anyone threatens you or the Mayor or the officers of the city, arrest those who threaten you, and fail not to execute this order without delay, and make due return hereon.

By order of the City Council,

Joseph Smith, Mayor.”

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May 30 – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”  2 Cor. 11:13-14.

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May 23 – Ps. 139:7; “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or thither shall I flee from thy presence?”

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Mormon Decisions 10Doctrine and Covenants 27:11; “And also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days”.

General Conference ‘Our Own Liahona,’ October 1976; “We warn you against the dissemination of doctrines which are not according to the scriptures and which are alleged to have been taught by some of the General Authorities of past generations. Such, for instance, is the Adam-God theory. We denounce that theory and hope that everyone will be cautioned against this and other kinds of false doctrine.” – Spencer W. Kimball

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 3:228; “This poor man who professes to be much of a prophet, has no other dumb *** to ride but David Whitmer, to forbid his madness when he goes up to curse Israel; and this *** not being of the same kind as Balaam’s, therefore, the angel notwithstanding appeared unto him, yet he could not penetrate his understanding sufficiently, but that he prays out cursings instead of blessings. Poor ***!” – December 16, 1838

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 “If such may have been the fact, that a part of the Ten Tribes came over to America, in the way we have supposed, leaving the cold regions of Assareth behind them in quest of a milder climate, it would be natural to look for tokens of the presence of Jews of some sort, along countries adjacent to the Atlantic. In order to this, we shall here make an extract from an able work: written exclusively on the subject of the Ten Tribes having come from Asia by the way of Bherings Strait, by the Rev. Ethan Smith, Pultney, Vt., who relates as follows:…” – Times and Seasons, “Truth will prevail”, Vol. III. No. 15, CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. JUNE 1, 1842, No. 51, Joseph Smith

view of the hebrewsThe quote above comes from the Mormon periodical Times and Seasons which Joseph Smith used to post a quote from a book called ‘View of the Hebrews’, authored by the Minister Ethan Smith (no relation).

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April 16 – Philippians 2:5-7; “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”

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April 12 – Acts 3:19-20; “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you”.

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Mormon Decisions 10Marvelous Word and a Wonder, p 67; “…(Isaiah 29:1-4.) Isaiah saw the downfall of Ariel, or Jerusalem, at a time far in the future, “add ye year to year.” Then he seems to have been carried away in vision to witness a similar destruction of the cities of Joseph, “and it shall be unto me as Ariel.” He describes how they would be besieged and forts would be raised against them. They would be brought down and would speak out of the ground. Their speech would be “low out of the dust”; their voice would be as one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground; and their speech would whisper out of the dust. Now, obviously, the only way a dead people could speak “out of the ground” or “low out of the dust” would be by the written word, and this the people did through the Book of Mormon. Truly it has a familiar spirit, for it contains the words of the prophets of the God of Israel.” – LeGrand Richards

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The lesson this week is called “I Will Write It in Their Hearts” and its focus is “to encourage class members to participate in God’s great latter-day work and to have his law written in their hearts”. They’ve used Jeremiah chapters 16, 23, 29 & 31.

This lesson reminded me of CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. Screwtape (the demon who’s reached a higher level in the bureaucracy of hell) and his nephew Wormwood grapple over the best way to trick their victim into believing in their god who is from below. Every once in awhile they’ll use biblical scriptures to entice the unknowing, but their main objective is to plant seeds of doubt into the mind of the victim so he’ll not know the true God of the Bible.  It’s a battle of the mind and heart of man in Lewis’ classic work, the Bible and even our lives today.  If Lewis’ work isn’t readily available to give an example of spiritual warfare to the Mormon, I suggest you use this lesson as an acceptable alternative.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000When my kids were little we were avid fans of the show “America’s Funniest Videos”.  As the show portrays time and again the disastrous results of some of the things people thought were novel ideas you can’t help but watch the outcome of their soon to be calamities.

That’s what it was like when I opened the link to get a quick idea about this lesson.  Its title told me it’s a train wreck waiting to happen and there’s disaster written all over it.

God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets

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