It’s time to take stock of where we’re at. Joseph Smith, a treasure hunter and con man who made a living (albeit a poor one), claims to have met God the Father and Jesus Christ in the flesh while still an unrepentant sinner, with no change in his lifestyle after this. Indeed, Smith continued treasure hunting until 1830, when he found a more lucrative career in establishing a religion. It wasn’t lucrative at first, which is why he tried a couple of get-rich quick schemes which ultimately got them kicked out of Kirtland, Ohio.
They then proceeded to Missouri, where Smith continued adding revelations to his religion, and ultimately was killed at the hands of an angry mob.
It doesn’t really sound like the lifestyle of a Godly man. Let’s contrast the calling of Isaiah with the calling of Joseph Smith.
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. Isaiah 6:1-13 (KJV)
Isaiah repented, and spent the rest of his life in dedicated service to the Lord. He suffered, wandering and preaching an unpopular message. He was humble, and spent his life in service to the Lord, eventually losing it in that service.
You’ve got to admit, its not the same thing at all. Isaiah’s prophesies were accurate, naming people centuries before their time, and even the acts they would do. Smith’s prophecies were incorrect, and never came to pass.
Isaiah was a real prophet, a repentant man. Smith was a false prophet, with no fruits of repentant of evidence of being saved. A saved man would not invent a religion, nor would he convince others not to be saved, indeed, warn them against the very way that leads to salvation!
The doctrines of Mormonism are the opposite of those in the Bible, and conform to the Satanic exhortation “you shall be as gods” (Gen. 3:3), instead of the Biblical exhortation,
13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. 14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; 15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 6:13-15 (KJV)
14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Exodus 34:14 (KJV)
As you can quickly see – if you STOP and read the Bible literally, there is no reconciling the Bible and Mormonism. The Bible says one thing, Mormonism says the other.
However, Mormons are trained to think of the Bible – the very thing holding the words that tell you how to avoid Hell for all eternity – as less than trustworthy. You need to STOP, and shake off the programming you’ve received! I’ve got to say, I’ve talked with JW’s, with Christadelphians, and with other cult members – and I’ve got to say the Mormon programming is the strongest I’ve ever seen! No wonder Mormons beat the JW’s in debates every time! You simply ignore the existence of any argument that contradicts Mormonism as if it never existed!
And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles? 5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people. 6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews? 7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? 8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. 9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever. 10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written. (2 Nephi 29:3–10)
8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. (Articles of Faith 1:8)
The Book of Mormon says there are other writings. The Book of Mormon also says that God spoke to ALL nations as He spoke to the Jews. That is the direct opposite of what the Bible says!
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 1:3 (KJV)
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV)
Just a note – Rev. 22:18-19 are only two verses away from being the LAST words in the Holy Bible. They testify that the canon of Scripture is SEALED. Now, earlier, John is commanded to write the visions, and seal them not – John is NOT commanded to “seal not the Bible!” There is a difference.
5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 (KJV)
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (KJV)
1 Cor. 13:8-10 says specifically that there will be no more prophecies. “we know in part, and prophesy in part.” At the time 1 Corinthians was written, very little of the New Testament had been written down – three of the Gospels and the book of James were written, and that was about it.
So there was prophesy in the very early church… but it was already beginning to die off. The sign gifts were already starting to come to a close by 1 Corinthians. Before Paul died, the gift of healing was already gone.
Now, I’ve already had a Mormon say that 1 Cor: 13:10 is not about prophesy. Yet, it most clearly is! “We prophesy IN PART… but when that which IS PERFECT is come, that which is IN PART shall be done away.”
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (KJV)
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25 (KJV)
So we’ve settled that Joseph Smith teaches something other than what the word of God says, that he added to the word of God, that he commands things contrary to the word of God, pursuing the doctrines of Satan and not of God, and that he bore no fruit of repentance in his life, or of salvation.
I have to conclude that Moroni was either a figment of Joseph Smith’s imagination, or that he was a devil.
8 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. Galatians 1:8 (KJV)
And I have to conclude that Joseph Smith was a prophet of Satan, preaching a damnable heresy and false Gospel, causing people to worship other gods and another Jesus, not the Jesus of the Blble.
If Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God, his life would have reflected this, and he would not have been involved in banking schemes, get rich quick schemes, schemes to sell ginseng to China, treasure hunting using pagan methods, etc. If he truly were a prophet of God, he’d have refrained from occultic methods such as the seer stone. I don’t care HOW you justify it – there’s no biblical example of anyone using dowsing rods, seer stones, kitchen witches, or any of the other pagan Americania practices that the Scriptures recommend.
So, there it is. Joseph Smith was a false prophet, and Mormonism is a false religion.