Who is the Living Prophet?

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Let me ask you, do you believe Jesus is alive or dead right now?

Let’s see what the writer of Hebrews said about this subject.  Please read Hebrews 1:1-2 

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”

In the past, God spoke to his people through prophets.  But, in these last days God speaks to us by his Son. 

So, who did you say the church’s “living” prophet was again?

Latter-Day Saints believe they need a spokesman on earth as the voice of the Lord who is directing the affairs of the church.

Isn’t that the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to inspire, reveal, and guide us as members of the body of Christ? 

As we read in Hebrews 3:1, Jesus is our Apostle, and High Priest.   Going on to the next chapter, let’s read Hebrews 4:14-16

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

He is our only high priest.  We do not need any intermediaries.  We can go directly to Him.  There is no need of mortal men in brick and mortar institutions to get in the way between us and God.  No need for bishops, pastors, priests, or so-called prophets. 

The New Testament is clear on this issue.  I know you’re familiar with this missionary scripture.  1 Timothy 2:5

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

And that “one mediator” is Jesus!  He is the living Prophet.  He is our only Prophet.  He is our everything!

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Did Joseph Smith Write Himself into Scripture?

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2 Nephi 3:14-15

“And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled.  Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise; And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father.  And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation.”

 

Who is that prophesy referring to?

Latter-Day Saints believe it was speaking into the future of Joseph Smith.

This passage is from the Book of Mormon for which we know there are no ancient documents or records to verify. 

And what’s the correlation?

You’ll need to read from the Joseph Smith Translation Genesis 50:33

“And that seer will I bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise I given unto you; for I will remember you from generation to generation; and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto you; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand shall bring my people unto salvation.”

Do you notice the similarities?

That reference to Joseph and his father is obviously, Joseph Smith Jr. and Joseph Smith Sr. 

Those corrections that Joseph Smith made do not appear in any of the numerous ancient Old Testament manuscripts.

So, what’s your point?

It’s apparent to me that both scriptural passages came through one man.  And it’s the same man who is the object of those prophecies – Joseph Smith. 

Doesn’t that seem self-serving and arrogant of Joseph Smith to write himself into the narrative of what is called Mormon scripture?


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Is There a Need for a Prophet?

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The Latter-day Saints will say that God calls prophets to lead his church today.

But are prophets really necessary anymore?

Latter-day Saints will argue that Amos 3:7 shows us a need for a prophet:

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, until He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

The Mormons have a man at the head of their church who they call a “prophet.” They believe he actually talks with God and that if God wants to say anything to his people, he’ll say it through the prophet. 

But is there a need for a modern day prophet?

Let’s read what comes before Amos 3:7 in verses 1 and 2:

“Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O children of Israel against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt saying.  You only have I known of all the families of the earth.  Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

This means that God is bringing judgment against His people because of their sins.  But He will warn them first.  That’s all.  He’s not saying that He has to reveal to a prophet everything He’s ever going to do before it happens.  God is not bound that way.

When you ask an Latter-day Saint if they believe that anyone who claims to be a prophet, like Mohammed or the Mormon fundamentalist Warren Jeffs, was a prophet? They will likely react by stating that they believe that a true prophet would only represent the one true God.

How do you know a true prophet from a false one?

Jesus said by their fruits we will know them.

There’s a foolproof test.  In Deuteronomy 18:22: “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen, or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.”

Can you tell me any prophecies made by Joseph Smith or any other Mormon prophet that were fulfilled?  Because I can tell you several that weren’t.

A prophecy doesn’t affirm a moral principle. A prophecy is a prediction about a future event that is fulfilled at the exact prophesied time. So…what prophecies by any Mormon prophet have been fulfilled?

NONE!

Jesus warned us about men who would claim to be prophets.  In Matthew 24, He said: “Many false prophets will rise, and will deceive many.  For there will arise false Christs, and false prophets, and show great signs and wonders…”

And the Bible also teaches that there is no more need for any man to be called as a prophet.  Do you know why?

In Luke 16:16 it says: “The law and the prophets were until John,” speaking of John the Baptist.  John was the last prophet necessary because when Jesus came He became our Everlasting, Eternal prophet.  Look at Hebrews 1:1-2 “God who…spoke in times past…by the prophets…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.”  Jesus is the only prophet who leads God’s church today.  The Bible makes that very clear.  He speaks to each one of us through His written word and through the Holy Spirit.  Why would we want anyone other than Jesus to be our prophet and who would be arrogant enough to stand between us and the Lord?

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