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  C. Prophets And Prophecy - Amos 3:7. (cf. 1 Jno. 4:1)
    1. "Without a living prophet, the scripture is indeed what the medieval church called it: a mystery" (The World And The Prophets, Hugh Nibley, 188)
    2. Chart 29 - "14 Fundamentals In Following The Prophets" --
      a. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
 b. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
         - (cf. God's prophets do not contradict scripture!)
      c. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
         -(cf. Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:12-16)
  d. The prophet will never lead the Church astray. (cf. Gal. 2:11-13)
      e. The prophet does not have to say "Thus saith the Lord" to give us scripture (D&C 21:4).

{Who is correct? Joseph Smith, Jr. said: "A prophet was a prophet only when he was acting as such." (History of the Church, V:265)}
    3. Traits of God's prophets:

      a. They spoke in the name of the Lord what God said - without error - 2 Pet. 1:21 (cf. Balaam - Num. 23:5, 12; Samuel - 1 Sam. 3:19; 9:6).
      b. True prophets - 100 % accuracy - Amazing reliability!
      c. They spoke regardless of the people - Ezek. 3:10-11; 2:5.

    4. Testing The Prophets:
      -(Some LDS have told me there is no accurate way to "test a prophet" except by a personal revelation received from the Holy Spirit (Moroni 10:4-5).
      -The Bible denies this! - Rev. 2:2 (Chart 30)
      a. The doctrine test - Deut. 13:1-5 - What God does he preach? What standard of authority does he promote?
        (1) 1 Jno. 4:1-6: What Christ does he confess? (v. 2-3) What standard of authority does he respect? (v. 6)
        (2) Joseph Smith, Jr.:
          (a) God: Once a man w/ a body of flesh & bones (History of the Church, V:613; D&C 130:22).
          (b) Christ: Spirit child of God the Father, brother of Lucifer (Satan), is not eternally God.
          (c) Many more.....LDS prophet fails the test of doctrine! (Gal. 1:8-9).
      b. The accuracy test - Deut. 18:20-22.
        (1) Does it come to pass? (Jer. 28:7-9)
        (2) If not: Not from God / Spoke presumptuously / Don't be afraid of him.
        (3) Joseph Smith, Jr.:
          (a) Temple Lot Prophecy - D&C 84:1-5. ("this generation" - 1832). Leaders applied it this way for the next 50 years. When it failed, they redefined "generation" to explain it away!
          (b) Civil War Prophecy - D&C 87 (1832).
            -One correct prediction among many failures does not a true prophet make!
            (i) Many predicting war at this time.
            (ii) Portions left unfulfilled: Global war (v.2-3); Great Britain would enter war (v. 3); Full end of nations w/ wrath (v. 6).
          (c) The Lord's Coming in 1891 (History of the Church, II:182).
               -1835 + 56 yrs. = 1891. -"...the coming of the Lord, which was nigh - even fifty-six years should wind up the scene."

  * Joseph Smith, Jr. fails the test of accuracy! Not from God, spoke presumptuously, do not fear him!

      c. The character (fruit) test - Matt. 7:15-20.
(1) Fruit borne of true prophecy is good, pure and righteous.
        (2) Joseph Smith, Jr.:
          (a) Polygamy (see: Joseph Smith's Character as a prophet).
          (b) Fruit produced was adultery, fraud, deception & hypocrisy!

        (3) Joseph Smith, Jr. fails the character/fruit test!

  5. "No Mormon truly believes the Bible, and a true Bible believer cannot be a Mormon!"


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