Is There a Need for a Prophet?


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?


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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