By Scott S. Mitchell I feel the need to begin with this short clarification. Although the second half of this essay argues that leaders of the LDS Church too often claim to have received revelation from God when they actually haven't, I don't believe these leaders are unrighteous men. Indeed, I consider them generally … Continue reading Does the Book of Mormon Corroborate LDS Church Claims of Divine Revelation, and Do Church Leaders Receive More of It?
In his October 2016 LDS General Conference address "If Ye Had Known Me," Church apostle David E. Bednar began his address by citing to an example in the scriptures wherein Joseph Smith had supposedly corrected erroneous language in the King James Version (hereafter "KJV") of the Bible. The scripture Bednar accepted as mistranslated was Matthew … Continue reading Ignoring the Book of Mormon in General Conference Talks and LDS Instruction
Note: The following essay was contributed by frequent contributor Scott S. Mitchell. In the one of the most enigmatic scriptures in the entire Bible, the apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians about the universality of the resurrection, said these words: “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the … Continue reading Baptism for the Dead: True Christian Doctrine and Practice, or LDS Construction?
The title of this essay will be offensive and/or threatening to many Mormon readers. As discussed fully in the essay "Jesus's Doctrine and Gospel versus Mormonism's Teachings of Temple Priesthood Ordinances and Exaltation," found elsewhere on this website, Mormons believe that in order to attain the highest degree of eternal glory and become a god, … Continue reading Jesus’s Failure to Endorse Eternal Marriage in the Bible and Book of Mormon
Note: The following essay was authored by reader and contributor Hal Mitchell. The author can be communicated with by writing a comment at the end of his essay. In 1980, Mormon Church apostle Ezra Taft Benson gave a speech at Brigham Young University titled, The 14 Fundamentals in Following a Prophet. This speech has … Continue reading Why Are Mormons Commanded to “Follow the Prophet”?
(Note: The following essay will appear as Chapter 1 of a book currently being written by M.S. Brothers entitled Restoration II: Defending the Bible and Book of Mormon Against LDS Theology.) It might come as a surprise to the average member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to encounter the assertion that … Continue reading Jesus’s Doctrine and Gospel versus Mormonism’s Teachings of Temple Priesthood Ordinances and Exaltation
A careful student of Mormonism's scriptures will, at some point, inevitably notice a puzzling fact. The most high-profile teachings of Mormonism, those that most distinguish the LDS Church from other Christian religions, are at odds with the teachings of the Book of Mormon and Bible. Counterintuitively, the student finds that the book for which The … Continue reading The Most Consequential Reason behind Doctrinal Errors Gaining Acceptance in the LDS Church
(Note to reader: The following is an excerpt from a long letter written by M. S. Brothers to seven LDS apostles in early 2015. No response to this letter was ever received.) Even though most Doctrine and Covenants sections purport to contain the words of God spoken in the first person, events have unfolded in … Continue reading The Feigned Revelation of Doctrine and Covenants Section 111
(Note to reader: The text below was the latter part of a letter sent to seven LDS apostles in late 2014. No response was ever received.) Related to the subject matter above [concerning the baptism of eight-year-old children], though admittedly not as important, is the practice of using water for the sacrament instead of using … Continue reading The Mormon Use of Water instead of Wine in the Sacrament
THE PROHIBITION AGAINST BAPTIZING LITTLE CHILDREN CONTAINED WITHIN THE BOOK OF MORMON IS IGNORED AND CONTRADICTED BY THE LDS TEACHING AND PRACTICE OF BAPTIZING EIGHT-YEAR-OLDS It would be difficult, indeed, to find a scriptural and doctrinal conflict more starkly defined than the contrast between the teaching in the Book of Mormon against baptizing little … Continue reading The Baptism of Eight-year-old Children Against God’s Will