Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Note on Mormon Scripture

The introduction to the Book of Mormon states, “The Book of Mormon…contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel…the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”  (see also D&C 20:9; 42:12)  If the Book of Mormon is the “most correct of any book on earth”, and the combination of it and the Bible contain the “fullness of the everlasting gospel”, doesn’t this mean that the precepts taught in the Book of Mormon and Bible ought to take precedence over those in later revealed scripture (ie. Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price)?  I challenge anyone to find any verse in the Book of Mormon or Bible that supports the following doctrines: Exaltation, pre-existence of spirits, baptism for the dead, more than one true and living god, temple endowments, temple works, temple baptisms, temple marriages, marriage for time and eternity, eternal families, eternal progression, any of the Three Degrees of Glory (three levels of heaven), and latter day scripture and prophecies outside of the Bible and Book of Mormon are needed.
Of the four books of LDS scripture, the Bible has the least amount of authority.  Mormons will often say that they believe the Bible “so long as it is translated correctly.”  Mormons believe that the Bible has been copied over so many times that the modern translations are no longer accurate.  The LDS Church only accepts the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.  This is the version I use for this blog and is mandatory for anyone seeking to witness to a Mormon.   I generally don’t use Bible verses to show conflict between Mormon scripture and Christian scripture, because the Bible is subordinate to the other scriptures to Mormons.  However, it is extremely important that when Christians witness to Mormons, they show Biblical evidence for Biblical Christian beliefs.  Our goal as ministers to the LDS church is not to be contentious and show what is wrong with Mormonism.  Our goal is ultimately to show the truth of the Bible and the free gift of eternal life that is only offered through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

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