Mormonism Refuted Part 1
In this article, I wanted to start with a little background about the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is at the heart of this religion, and it would be improper for me to initiate a discussion of Mormonism without mentioning Joseph Smith.
Several sources identify Joseph Smith as a young male, born in late 1805 in a small town in northeastern Vermont. He was a young, simple, American farm boy who probably lived on multiple farms throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York in the early 1800’s. Several sources indicate that Joseph Smith had very little formal education, although he was often engaged in frequent meditation.
By the time Joseph was a teenager, sources say, that Joseph had become intrigued by several religious groups that were established in the small town of Manchester, New York. One source says that he was led of God in James 1:5 that if anyone lacked wisdom, he should “ask of God.”
Joseph is said by several sources to have spent time in prayer in a secluded area in the woods. It was during this time, that Joseph is said to have seen God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ appear to him in person. Joseph is said to have asked God what church to join. According to Joseph’s account, he was told by God not to join any of the churches.
It was after this first encounter by God, that Joseph is said to have been visited by the Angel Moroni, who we will study in a later article, who told him of ancient manuscripts that recorded God’s dealings with people in the Americas. Around 1827, Joseph is said to have retrieved gold plates which contained this text that the angel told him, and that he began translating the text by the gift and power of God. The finished product, now known as the Book of Mormon, was published three years later in 1830.
Alright, let’s get into this…
Joseph Smith is said to have asked of God to give him wisdom as instructed by James 1:5 in the King James Bible. Based on his own account, Joseph Smith is said to have went into a secluded area of the woods surrounding Manchester, New York to ask of God for wisdom.
“I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me [ … ] When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith-History 1:16-17).
Alright, let’s stop there. Smith says that he saw two personages, whom he identified as God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ speaking to him in the woods. That cannot be true according to the Bible. The only people who saw Jesus physically were the twelve disciples (Luke 8:1, Luke 22:14) and the apostle Paul (Acts 9:3-6). In addition, it would have been impossible for Joseph Smith to have seen God appear physically above Him in the air, for three reasons:
- The Bible states clearly in John 1:18 and in 1 John 4:12 that “No man hath seen God at any time…”
- The Bible also states in John 1:12, John 1:18, and 1 Timothy 3:16 that God has been revealed to man only through His “…only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” 1 Timothy 3:16 also states that “God was manifest [shown] in the flesh…” God did not reveal Himself to us in all His perfection, because we cannot understand God in all His perfection. He showed himself unto us through His only begotten Son IN THE FLESH, so that we could understand Him. Therefore, it would’ve been biblically impossible for Joseph to have seen God the Father AND Jesus Christ in those woods in 1820, over 1,000 years after the Bible was completed.
- No man in the Old Testament or the New Testament had ever seen God. God had showed Himself in different forms, such as the burning bush to Moses (Exodus 3:2) and in fire (Exodus 13:21). NEVER has God shown himself, in all His perfection, to man. NO MAN has EVER seen God. Joseph Smith is a MAN, and therefore is no different than any other man in the Bible. Whatever Joseph Smith did see in those woods was not God the Father, but rather the facet of his own imagination.
I can also add in a fourth reason why Joseph’s account is counterfeit. Since we already know from the Bible that Joseph couldn’t have seen God, He also borrowed the words that he “heard God say” to him in the woods. Based on Joseph’s account, he said he heard God say: “This is my beloved son. Hear Him!” That is a boldface lie. Joseph simply borrowed the words from Matthew 17:5 and added them to his story, to make it sound as if He really had seen God and that God had spoken unto him. Joseph’s story is plagiarized from the Word of God, and thus his story is a counterfeit, elaborate lie of the devil.
“While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” –Matthew 17:5 (KJV)
Thus, based on these four reasons, we can now see that Joseph’s account in the woods of Manchester, New York is a fraud. Joseph Smith did not see God or Jesus Christ, it was simply the fancy and imagination of his heart and the devil that deceived him into believing that he saw God in those woods in 1820. This is backed up in the Bible:
“The heart isdeceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” –Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
I believe Joseph was a very sincere man, and sincere in his beliefs, but his heart was not in the right place. Instead of genuinely wanting to know God, his heart was not pure and his motives for seeking God were rooted in finding acceptance and the appraise of man, and not genuinely wanting to draw nigh unto God. As a result of this, he devised wicked imaginations in his heart to make his story believable and so that people would follow him. We know from the Bible, that God hates the heart that devises wicked imaginations:
“An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,” –Proverbs 6:18 (KJV)
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations is listed in the seven things that the LORD hates in Proverbs 6. God hates the man who makes up things to make it believable, because essentially, a made-up story is not only a wicked imagination of the heart, it is a lie. God hates lies, because they are an invention of the devil. The Bible makes it clear that the person who loves and makes a lie will wind up in Hell if he/she does not repent:
“For withoutare dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” –Revelation 22:15 (KJV)
I believe, based on this verse, that Joseph Smith is burning right now in the fires of Hell because He never repented of His sins, nor did he get saved, he loved to tell lies and continued to make them up throughout his lifetime, to lead many people astray from the Truth and turn them unto fables.
Joseph Smith is by no means a prophet of God, but a false prophet, a dreamer of dreams, one who tells and prophesies the deceit of His own heart and not the things of God.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. –Deut. 13:1-5 (KJV)
“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;” –Jeremiah 23:26 (KJV)
“Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:” –Jeremiah 27:9 (KJV)
“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.” –Proverbs 12:20 (KJV)
“Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.”–Jeremiah 9:6 (KJV)
“Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.”–Jeremiah 9:8 (KJV)
“…The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” –Jeremiah 14:14 (KJV)
“Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.” –Jude 8 (KJV)
Joseph Smith, may be a prophet, but he is a false one, and the day that he decided to love and make a lie, he became a filthy dreamer, that began to tell the dreams of his own heart and not what God spake unto him.
May God grant you discernment to know that Joseph Smith, and the religious cult that he established, are not of God, and preach not the things of God, but the deceit of their heart, a FABLE in the eyes of God, according to the Bible.
3 :For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto FABLES.”–2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)
“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself ratherunto godliness.” –1 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)
Joseph Smith has been refuted and exposed by the Word of God as a sincere, but sincerely wicked man whose prophecies will come to nothing, and whose dreams will be utterly destroyed in the eyes of God.