We are told by the ministers of Christendom, that God has repealed the gift of revelation, as no longer necessary. But they have utterly failed up to this day to point out the revelation that contains this repeal. Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, Orson Pratt.
Note: Orson Pratt did not inherit the kingdom of God. (Revelation 21:8; 21:27; 22:15)
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
But while this belief as to revelation in the past everywhere prevailed, orthodox Christendom was equally certain that no revelation was being given in their day; and not only was no revelation then being given, but neither would there be any revelation given in future time. "The volume of revelation is completed and forever closed," was dogma in all Christendom. Joseph Smith: The Prophet-Teacher, B.H. Roberts, 1908.
Note: B.H. Roberts did not inherit the kingdom of God. (Revelation 21:8; 21:27; 22:15)
Revelation 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
Now we know just how it has worked with all Christendom, to have the Bible without having authority to administer the ordinances mentioned in it. Now we may possess either of these books, or all of them, and they can not baptize a single man, or woman, into the Church.
General Conference Reports, October 1897, Elder Franklin D. Richards.
Note: Elder Richards was ignorant of the significance of baptism.
Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
That's the key to the history of Christendom for seventeen centuries. Following the death of the apostles, religious leaders set up the principle which persists to this day -- perhaps to the best of their knowledge and understanding -- that revelation had ceased and was finished, and that prophets and apostles were things of the past. And that is in itself definite and conclusive proof that, so far as the world is concerned during seventeen hundred years, such was the case.
General Conference Reports, October 1953, Elder George Q. Morris.
Note: Elder Morris was ignorant of construction since a foundation is laid only once.
Ephesians 2:19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Thus also those who profess to be lights to the world and to lead people in the paths of righteousness, but who are not in reality the Lord's true legal administrators, are hypocrites, in consequence of their false assumption of authority. In other words, as specified in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, ministers in the false churches of Christendom are called hypocrites.
(Morm. 8:38; 1 Tim. 4:1-4.) Mormon Doctrine, Bruce R. McConkie, 1966.
Note: McConkie is a hypocrite since he practiced baptism for the dead based on genealogies.
1 Timothy 1:3-4 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia; remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
Faith has been wanting, not only among the heathen, but in professed Christendom also, so that tongues, healings, prophecy, and prophets and apostles, and all the gifts and blessings have been wanting. We Believe, Rulon T. Burton, 1994.
Note: Rulon is ignorant about the significance of the gift of prophecy.
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
My friends, the great truth is declared in this revelation that Jesus Christ will ultimately save ALL mankind, except a few who are called the sons of perdition, "who deny the Son after the Father has revealed Him." This is a very different idea of the plan of salvation to that which is entertained by most if not all our "Christian" friends, who say that we are illiberal. They have an idea that the Latter-day Saints are very exclusive and illiberal in their religion. I wish to [p.68] say here that there is no creed in Christendom which is so liberal as that which is believed in by the Latter-day Saints. Scrapbook of Mormon Literature, Volume 2, Ben E. Rich, Editor, 1913.
Note: Mr. Rich has now changed his opinion about hell.
Luke 16:22-23 "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."
This authority remained in the Church during its early period, but for hundreds of years, according to the confessions of modern Christian denominations, there has been no such power in the earth. All the Protestant denominations of Christendom repudiate the idea that it has been handed down by continuity and by succession from the days of the apostles. In fact there is no church and has been no church, whether in Protestantism or in the older denomination or organization, in which there was an inspired apostle, a living prophet, a seer, a revelator, a man clothed upon with the authority which Christ gave to His ancient apostles. This is the great lack in all Christendom. General Conference Reports, October 1910, Elder Charles W. Penrose.
Note: Mr. Penrose should have listened to Jesus Christ.
Matthew 11:13 "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John."
Our labor for the dead alone, which is occupying so much of our attention, is more than all Christendom ever dreamed of--for the amelioration of the condition of their progenitors. They don't know anything about it, though their own Bible speaks of this principle.
Journal of Discourses, Volume 25, Brigham Young, June 22, 1884.
Note: Brigham Young taught the saints to waste their time and he didn't know the Holy Bible.
Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless.
Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Consequently, most membership records of the eighteenth century reflected only the names of white adults [p.55] who had expressed a converting experience, endorsed one of the popular creeds of Christendom, and faithfully complied with the laws of the church to which they belonged. Joseph Smith's First Vision, Milton V. Backman, Jr. 1980.
Note: Mr. Backman forgot the racist verses in the Book of Mormon about black skin.
Alma 3:6 And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.
Now suppose you were called upon, as the Prophet was, to preach a funeral discourse, a discourse of consolation, faith, and hope. Suppose also that your knowledge of God was that of those who professed an allegiance to the creeds of Christendom. Your testimony would be of a God who was incorporeal, incomprehensible and invisible.
Regional Studies in LDS History, Donald Q. Cannon, Editor, 1990.
Note: Mr. Cannon misfired on the Apostles' Creed.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born from Mary the virgin, suffered, died, was buried and descended to the underworld. On the third day he rose again from the dead, ascended to heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
The reformers of these last days, among those who call themselves reformers are very near a ridiculous farce, possessing scarcely one feature of primitive christianity, and savouring very much of Paul's apostasy, that is, a form of godliness without the power. This seems to be the common failing of all the sects in christendom, so called.
The Evening and Morning Star, Volume 2, No. 17, February 1834, Kirtland, Ohio.
Note: The Mormons are not following primitive Christianity.
1 Corinthians 1:22-23 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Christianity is the religion of the Christians. Hence, true and acceptable Christianity is found among the saints who have the fulness of the gospel, and a perverted Christianity holds sway among the so-called Christians of apostate Christendom. In these circles it is believed and taught that Christianity had its beginning with the mortal ministry of our Lord. Actually, of course, Adam was the first Christian, for both he and the saints of all ages have rejoiced in the very doctrines of salvation restored to earth by our Lord in his ministry.
Mormon Doctrine, Bruce R. McConkie, 1966.
Note: Actually, Bruce was wrong about Christianity and the restoration of the gospel.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
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