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Introduction

This work is designed to help the sincere Mormon recognize the truth about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  1. Its claim to be God's prophet today.
  2. Prophecies that have not been fulfilled.
  3. Cover-ups to hide false prophecies.
  4. Doctrinal errors of the Church.
  5. The responsibility of the sincere Mormon before God.

*All scriptures quoted from King James Version.

The Mormon Church Claims
  1. Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God.
  2. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed himself to the world.
  3. Through him he chose the elders of the Church, who have received their authority and commission through this channel, appointed by God, with Joseph at the head. - Gospel Doctrine pg. 43
  4. God will not raise up another prophet and another people to do this work.
Relationship of Mormon Prophets to the Church

Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, proclaimed to Brigham Young University Students fourteen "fundamental" statements about the relation of Mormon prophets to the Church and the LDS membership. He warned students: "OUR SALVATION HANGS ON THEM."

First: The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.

Second: The living prophet is more vital to us than the Standard (Scriptural) Works.

Third: The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.

Fourth: The prophet will never lead the church astray.

Fifth: The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.

Sixth: The prophet does not have to say "Thus saith the Lord," to give us Scripture.

Seventh: The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.

Eighth: The prophet is not limited by men's reasoning.

Ninth: The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.

Tenth: The prophet may be involved in civic matter.

Eleventh: The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.

Twelfth: The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.

Thirteenth: The prophet and his counselors make up the first presidency-the highest quorum in the church.

Fourteenth: The prophet and the presidency-the living prophet and the first presidency-follow them and be blessed-reject them and suffer.

The LDS church President can in theory make any pronouncement on any subject regardless of his personal knowledge about it or experience, and have it regarded as "divine revelation."

The Mormon Corporate Empire
Pgs. 200, 201
By John Heinerman, Anson Shupe
Check the Prophets' Prophecies
  1. In the Old Testament, prophets instructed, warned, exhorted, promised, and rebuked.
  2. Because of the stand of the Mormon Church we MUST CHECK their prophecies.
"And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Deuteronomy 18:21, 22
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:15-20
Do Not Follow a False Prophet

This terrible practice of following a false prophet was considered so dangerous by God that some of the most terrible judgements were spoken against the followers:

CONDEMNED TO DIE!

(A true prophet, follows a false prophet's instructions, without inquiring of the Lord. The true prophet dies, just as the Lord told him he would.)
I Kings Chapter 13
PUNISHMENT OF THE FALSE PROPHET AND THE SEEKERS THE SAME!

"And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him."
Ezekiel 14:10
PUNISH THE MAN AND HIS HOUSEHOLD!

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD."

"How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart."

"And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house."
Jeremiah 23:16, 26, 34
CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE!

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Revelation 19:20, 20:10
A Word to Mormons
The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith received the keys to the Priesthood, he alone on earth held them; that is, he was first, he stood at the head. It was promised that he should not lose them nor be removed out of his place, as long as he was faithful.

Gospel Doctrine p. 43

It is beyond the power of the world to prove that Joseph Smith is a false prophet!

"Joseph Smith is accused of being a false prophet. It is, however, beyond the power of the world to prove that he was a false prophet. They may so charge him, but you who have received the testimony of Jesus Christ, by the spirit of prophecy, through his administration, are my witnesses that they have not the power to prove him false."

Gospel Doctrine p. 485

Nothing can stop Joseph Smith's predictions from coming true!

"...there is no power beneath the celestial kingdom that can prevent its growth, or the consummation of all that has been predicted concerning it."

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 25 1884, p. 98
The Mormon Church Claims

We ask the sincere Mormon to examine the enclosed information taken from the books of the Latter Day Saints, even though some of the information may come as a surprise to you. Nevertheless, they are worth examining and searching out. Consider the following:

  • The Mormon church claims Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God.
  • The Mormon church claims Joseph Smith has never made a false prophecy.
  • Yet, they have many prophecies that were not fulfilled on their designated date.
  • The Bible tells us NOT to follow a false prophet.
  • See: Deuteronomy 18:20-22; Matthew 7:15-20; Revelation 19:20; 20:10.
Scriptural Imperative

Those are not merely wild and sensational claims, but issues that have been raised by many inquiring and concerned Mormons.

"Examine yourself, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves."
II Corinthians 13:5
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
I John 4:1
A Word to Non-Mormons

Spiritual Responsibility:

The Christian has a unique responsibility when dealing with those that claim to be Christians but instead follow the way of darkness:

"...And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Ephesians 5:11

Purpose:

The purpose of this book is to help you, the reader, to understand the complex and devious character of one of the perpetrators of the fruits of darkness, the Mormon Church, known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Strategy:

Once you are able to grasp the key weaknesses and errors in which they have become ensnared, you will be equipped to begin the task of helping that Mormon neighbor, relative, friend or visitor to be released from their dark imprisonment.

Exposé is a French word which usually means "exposure of something discreditable" and it is in that sense that we use it here. On the next few pages you will be introduced to a

  • List of errors in the Mormon belief system.
  • An Exposé confirming their belief (with documentation) and,
  • Often, a brief explanation of the nature and/or danger of this belief.

How to Use this Tool!

The Exposé should be read through, preferably, in one or two sittings. After becoming familiar with the contents, you will be able to introduce to the Mormon the errors and inconsistencies of his religion. If a Mormon questions the validity of the Exposé, you are invited to turn with them to the documentation pages for the appropriate quotation. In the documentation section many actual facsimiles of pages from the Mormon's literature have been provided.

Caution!

A word needs to be said at this point about technique. Our purpose in using a tool like the Exposé is to win people to Jesus Christ by pulling them out of darkness-our purpose is not merely to win an argument. Our firm presentation of the truth must always be seasoned with compassion.

Instruction:

It is our sincere hope that you will apply these passages and examine the Mormon claims discussed in your Exposé. We ask that you simply read the study outline and examine the documentation.

May God's Spirit be with you as you study.


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