A man named Martin Luther, after intense biblical study, eventually understood how far Roman Catholicism had strayed from the pure Gospel of Grace of the Bible. What Luther likely did not realize is that the Roman Church was not the original Christian Church; it was not “founded” by Peter – and that the pure apostolic gospel was very much alive and well throughout much of modern-day Turkey and Armenia. Indeed, the pure, saving gospel of Grace as found in the New Testament, had never been “lost” from this earth – just as Christ promised, the “Gates of Hell” did not, and HAS NOT, prevailed against it.
Today there are thousands of well-meaning, honest, current and former members of the LDS Faith who are attempting to force LDS Incorporated into making vast “reformations” via a sort of on-line petition in the form of an “open letter” (http://www.mormonopenletter.com). Though I support their efforts, I must say they more than likely are wasting their time. Why? Simply because in order to become truly biblically correct and 100% “Christian” – Mormonism must of necessity publicly admit that its founder Joseph Smith was a fraud and a charlatan – a man who in fact conjured demonic entities and practiced black magic witchcraft – resulting in a most damning “another gospel” that the early apostles warned Christians to avoid at all costs. In other words, you can’t “reform” a massively fraudulent lie. One can only expose it as such, and then move on. One truly cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, as the old saying goes.
Yet, the good Mormon people love their social structure. They love the dinners and the green jello salads. They love their ancestor worship and their family reunions. In short, they love their Mormon egos – which sadly is a very real form of idolatry. Mark Twain may have said it best: “It is many times easier to fool a person, than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
Mormons who seek reform still believe the lie that Joseph Smith “restored” the lost priesthood of Jesus Christ – i.e. the “authority” needed to baptize and confer the “gift of the Holy Ghost”. They believe that this “authority” was completely lost because of massive apostasy after the death of Christ’s chosen and elite apostles. They rationalize that even though the modern LDS Church has a lot of problems – they still possess the “KEYS of the Holy Priesthood” by virtue of Smith’s “restoration”. Ah yes – claims of “restored” priesthood authority. That is the primary lynchpin that holds many duped people to Mormonism – the false claims of a “restored” priesthood. Take away that lynchpin, and the whole fabrication of Mormonism falls.
Never mind the fact that a very strong case can be made that so-called “priesthood authority” was never bestowed by Christ on any apostle in the New Testament. For instance, nowhere in Paul’s epistles does he declare that he was given a holy “priesthood” by Christ at any time – in fact, Paul taught that such self-righteous egoism tends to prohibit a person from finding the TRUTH about Christ and salvation by Grace, (not by works lest any should boast.) (See Galatians and Romans in particular.)
One only has to study the pages of the Book of Mormon to find that Joseph Smith’s claim of “lost priesthood” has some very serious inconsistencies and problems. In 3 Nephi, Chapter 12 we read that the resurrected Christ visits his “other sheep” (the “Nephites”) and immediately chose 12 special disciples and gave them “power and authority to baptize”. Later, in Chapter 18 V. 37, Christ also gives these special 12 men “power to give the Holy Ghost”. Who were these special 12 men? Their names are given by Joe Smith in Chapter 19:4 “Nephi, Timothy, Jonas, Mathoni, Mathoni-Ha, Kumen, Kumenonhi, Jeremiah, Shemnon, Jonas (oops, already used that name earlier, Joseph), Zedekiah, and last but not least – ISAIAH!
Stay with me now — here is where Joseph Smith really slips up, and his fraudulent claims are exposed. In 3 Nephi Chapter 28, Joseph’s fictitious Jesus becomes a sort of a genie out of a bottle – and grants a single wish to the special, elite, Nephite Twelve. Nine vocalize their wish to the magical Jesus: “We desire that after we have lived unto the age of man, that our ministry wherein thou has called us, may have an end, that we may speedily come unto thee in thy kingdom.” Joseph’s magical Genie-Jesus then grants them their wish by saying: “After that ye are seventy and two years old, ye shall come unto me in my kingdom; and with me ye shall find rest!” Then he turns to the other three, who dared not voice their wish, and then completely reads their minds for them. He tells them: “Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing which John, my beloved ——– desired of me. THEREFORE – MORE BLESSED ARE YE, for ye shall never taste of death; BUT YE SHALL LIVE TO BEHOLD ALL THE DOINGS OF THE FATHER UNTO THE CHILDREN OF MEN —- AND YE SHALL NEVER ENDURE THE PAINS OF DEATH!” (3 NEPH 28:6-9). But that’s not all. In addition to never dying, these special three men (we don’t really know their names – they’re simply called the Three Nephites in Mormon lore) would also be completely free of all PAIN, and free of all SORROW (save it be for the sins of the world). WHY? Simply because these special elite three Nephites “desired to bring the souls of man unto [Christ]“.
Do you understand the problem here, good Mormons? Your very own Book of Mormon declares that not only three special Nephites, but also John the Beloved are still alive somewhere on this planet! These four “immortals” were each holders of the one and only “Priesthood” according to the B of M. How is it then, that the “Priesthood” was taken from the earth and had to be supernaturally restored to Joe Smith? These immortals never lost their priesthood – so there wasn’t really a full “apostasy” now was there? Is the “most correct book on earth” (the B of M) mistaken, or was Smith lying when he declared he had to restore the lost priesthood because all original apostles had been violently killed? Since the “Three Nephites” were on the American continent, wouldn’t they have been the logical choice to have appeared to Holy Joe in the flesh, and ordained him an “elder” instead of Peter, James and John from the old world as Joseph claimed? Why did Joe never claim to have seen or met with these special three immortals? I submit it is because it is all an elaborate fabrication – and its hard for a serial liar to keep all his lies and fabrications straight.
Conversely, Saul of Taursus on the Road to Damascus indeed met the resurrected Christ. Saul changed his name to Paul, and took 14 years to make sure that he was not being deceived. Christ wouldn’t teach one person a different gospel from what He had clearly taught earlier in the flesh. Paul verified what he was taught directly from Christ Himself, with the other living apostles – and it meshed perfectly. Conversely, Satan, the great deceiver would bring “another gospel” just as he did to the Galatians. It would be a fanciful tale, without archeological proofs. Since it would be so damning, it would be based on WORKS AND THE MOSAIC LAW – not on CHRIST ALONE – and such a false deception would be anchored on claims of “power and authority”. (3 Nephi 27:14-15 – the Mormon Jesus will judge all solely according to their WORKS – whether they be good, or evil. Conversely, Paul taught just the opposite -Galatians 2: 6 - Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.)
You see the problem? Either the B of M is right, or the Holy Bible is right on this most basic of all SAVING Christian doctrines. How then can people hope to “reform” Mormonism when its basic book is so hopelessly flawed and skewed??