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Mark 7:7 “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Jesus’ warning is a good reminder of what pseudo-Christian groups have done to lead people away from Him. These groups will assign and malign His precious word by using all, or part of what He teaches in an effort to drag everyone down with them.

Those who’ve done this typically don’t stop at just God’s word, oh no! They’ll also dip into stealing the works of others as well.

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Exodus 20:16; “Thou shalt not steal.”

The Lord’s directives are pretty straightforward. There’s no doubt Joe Smith didn’t get the memo, or he rationalized his ungodly behavior for the sake of himself and his god.

Today we’re looking at a few of the books that were easily available to Smith when he lived in Palmyra, NY. Like yesterday when we looked at the sources from where he retrieved info to plagiarize his vision, key portions of the following books can be found in the Book of Mormon. If you’re inspired of God to translate something, why are you stealing?

 

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Romans 1:22; “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

Whether you call it a vision, or a theophany, the end result in many cases is very much the same.

Today we’re looking at an interesting event that took place in the early nineteenth century at the beginning stages of America’s 2nd Great Awakening. After the 1st Awakening, Americans were compelled to fall back into their old ways. The Lord and His word found its way to the back burner of American’s itineraries, but it didn’t last long.

Early in the 1790’s one person from the southern regions of Kentucky was convicted by God to change his ways. That one person’s experience was the birthing pangs of the 2nd Great Awakening. Feeling impressed to be washed in the baptismal waters to wash away his sins, one man convinced his pastor to baptize him that very day. His actions started another revolution in America, albeit this one wasn’t against Britain. The only blood shed this time around was already done almost 2,000 yrs prior.

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Joseph Smith History 1:14-17; “…in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. .. I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head … When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description…”

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1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

I’ve always been fascinated at how the word of the Lord provides just the right verse, or passage needed for any given situation. Today’s example is case in point! It’s important, beloved, to show the dear Mormon why their canon is flawed. Equally important is the method of how we’re to share this important info.

There’s a passage in the BoM you can lovingly share with a Mormon showing why their canon wasn’t inspired of God. There’s simply no way events in Helaman took place and were repeated in the 19th century in Joe Smith’s backyard.

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Luke 13:24; “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

I couldn’t get Jesus’ warning out of my head as I compiled notes for this article. It was telling to me how Smith incorporated real life events out of context to try and finagle his way into the hearts of the unknowing…

Today we’re going on a fieldtrip of sorts. We’re looking back at a major event that shook this country to its core.

On December 16, 1811, America was jolted out of its chairs at the dinner table with an earthquake experts have determined was an 8.5 in magnitude.

The epicenter was located at New Madrid, MO, but people as far away as Virginia felt the ground rumbling beneath their feet.

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1 Peter 5:8; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”.

I pray Peter’s warning will be on the forefront of every Christian’s heart. Imagine what would be if Smith’s converts had taken heed!

We’re looking at a verse in the Book of Mormon that sits out of place, and out of context. It serves as a sign for us to be vigilant, and to watch out for the false teachers roaming the earth.

3 Nephi 17:3-4 “Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again. 4 But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them.”

Today we have a few questions about the opening scene in 3 Nephi 17. Although the rest of the chapter needs serious attention, it’ll have to wait for another day!

One of the hot topics in Joe Smith’s day consisted of rumors, and speculations of who the ‘Ten Lost Tribes’ might be, and where they resided at the end of the Revolutionary War era. The subject matter had waned and peaked in strength for over a thousand years.

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