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The Book of Abraham

BoAWell, It’s been many years since I’ve read the Book of Abraham (BoA). Many years. In fact, I guess I had completely forgotten about all the references to “the Gods.” So much so that it was almost like I had never read it before at all. I just kept thinking to myself:

How in the world did this ever sit right with you?

How in the world did this not ever raise a single red flag?

What in the world were you thinking?

Were you thinking??

I not only wept, I began to feel physically ill. The only answer: I was raised in the church by my parents. My only consolation: I never gained a testimony of Joseph Smith or the LDS Church. Which only begged one more question:

Why did it take you so long to leave? 

I don’t know the answer to that question, but I trust the Lord does. And I trust that every part of my journey, even that which took me to and through and out of the LDS Church is what makes me who I am today and is exactly what prepared me for the relationship with Christ that I now have.


Besides the fact that it’s clearly polytheistic, with all its references to the Gods and counsels of the Gods, albeit with one God who is more intelligent than all the rest, to me it shows a clear lack of spiritual insight in several places and a few oddities.

I’ll start with the oddities:

1. Abraham is Abraham throughout and never mentions God changing his name from Abram to Abraham.

2. Abraham calls his wife Sarai throughout, never referring to her as Sarah, nor ever mentioning that her name was changed from Sarai to Sarah.

3. Abraham takes credit for seeing that he needed to leave the home of his father, wherein he sought the Lord, rather than the Lord seeking him.

4. Abraham claims to be a High Priest, which he claims is a right that belongs to the firstborn, even all the way back to the first man – Adam. (Several references to the Priesthood, but I don’t even want to get into that, though I will be coming back to the right or blessing of the firstborn and the claim that it belonged even to “the first man, Adam.”)

5. The text itself claims that the hieroglyphics that accompany the BoA were provided by Abraham himself, despite the fact that we now know that these Egyptian papyrus have nothing at all to do with Abraham.

6. Abraham claims that the Lord told him to tell the Egyptians that Sarai was his sister, rather than his wife.

7. Abraham claims to have had the Urim and Thummim. (Not really going to discuss this either, but it’s certainly worth noting, as this was part of the garment of the High Priest under the Law of Moses. I guess Abraham has it because he claims to be a High Priest.)

8. Abraham is shown the sun and the moon and the stars, etc, and told all about Kolob, the star nearest to the throne of God and is told how the Lord’s time is reckoned differently – “according to the reckoning of Kolob,” – which is one day being one thousand years.

9. Abraham claims that “the Gods” all came together to organize the world, etc, etc, etc… the Gods, the Gods, the Gods….

10. Abraham claims that time here was originally reckoned according to the Lord’s time or the time of Kolob (one day = one thousand years). I assume that is to account the fact that Adam was supposed to die “in the day” that he partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… and he lived for 930 years. We are not told how or when or why time ceased to be reckoned according to the time of Kolob.

I’m not sure all of these things require explanations for why they are listed. I think it’s probably obvious to anyone who is familiar with the Bible why some of these things made my list. They contradict the Biblical record outright or they can, in no way, be supported by the Biblical record.

Now for the lack of spiritual insight:

1. The blessing or birthright of the firstborn: while it is true that the Bible also speaks of the blessing or the birthright of the firstborn, it must have escaped Joseph Smith’s attention that when it comes to spiritual blessings the “firstborn” is the firstborn of God, not the firstborn of man. We see this pattern repeated over and over again in the OT where the firstborn son, according to the natural order, doesn’t receive the father’s blessing. It goes to a younger child, who serves as a figure for the second man or the Last Adam. This is the reason Ishmael had to be born before Isaac, the child of promise through whom the Promised Seed was to come.

2. Adam serves as a figure of Him who was to come. And he also serves as figure for all mankind and the process by which man is being “created in the image of God” – that image being seen/found in “the Last Adam,” into whose image we are being conformed. And what we see in Gen 2 is not God placing the pre-existent spirit of Adam into a body created for Adam to house that spirit, we see God sending forth “His Spirit” (the breathe OF LIFE) into a man He “first formed” out of the dust of the ground, who is not “created in the image of God” until God “sends forth His spirit” and “reneweth the face of the earth.” (See Psa 102:18 and 104:30 and Isa 48:7.)

3. If Joseph Smith understood the true meaning of a thousand years being as one day and one day being as a thousand years to the Lord, he would not have taken that so literally and claimed that it’s how the Lord reckons time where He is and is how time was once reckoned even here, in the beginning. It’s not meant to be taken literally. If we study the scriptures we can see this “thousand years” which is as “one day” to the Lord is associated with one day that has been divided into two, just as God divided “the light” (which he called THE DAY – also called TODAY) from “the darkness” (which He called THE NIGHT – also called YESTERDAY, but only once the night/darkness IS PAST) in Gen 1. God made a covenant with both (Jer 33:25 and others), which is why we see this “thousand years” associated with both (being “twice told” – Ecc 6:6). David speaks of this in Psa 90:3-4: “Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” This is why Jesus is said to be “the same YESTERDAY, TODAY, and FOREVER.” This is why Jesus said, to the thief on the cross who asked to be remembered when he came into His kingdom, “TODAY shalt though be with me in paradise.” This is a spiritual truth which is why the true Sabbath is not observed on the seventh day of the week, as it was given to the Jews in a figure, but on a day called “today” (when we hear His voice and harden not our hearts and enter into His rest!). God dwells in THE LIGHT, in THE DAY, where there is NO DARKNESS. This is why it is ALL “one day” to the Lord, who is the great “I AM.”

4. It was not the Lord who feared what the Egyptians would do to Abraham if they knew Sarah was his wife. It was not the Lord who told Abraham to tell them that Sarah was his sister. That was all Abraham’s doing! And, in the Bible, we are told why. When Abimelech asked Abraham why he had done this, Abraham did not say God told him to do it, he said: “Because I THOUGHT, SURELY THE FEAR OF GOD IS NOT IN THIS PLACE; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.” Well, if it wasn’t, God sure took care of that by putting the fear of God into that place when He came to Abimelech in a dream and told him he was “a dead man” if he touched Sarah and did not return her to her husband. God did not tell Abraham to pass Sarah off as his sister instead of his wife just so He could appear to Abimelech in a dream to tell him the truth. He fixed what Abraham did by making sure there was a “fear of God” in that place and he could have protected Abraham just as easily had he not first tried to take matters into his own hands due to his own fears.

So much more could be said about this book, but this is more than enough to prove to me that (1) the Book of Abraham is not only false, (2) Joseph Smith is a false prophet.

This is not the work of God.

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Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Mormonism


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The Prophesy of Malachi Concerning Elijah

Elijah appearing to JS

The LDS Church teaches the prophesy made by Malachi in Mal 4 concerning the coming of Elijah was fulfilled in the days of Joseph Smith when Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple in 1836.

To examine the truthfulness of this claim, let’s first take a look at the prophesy in Mal 4:1-6:

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

So what we know from this prophesy is that a day is coming that shall burn as an oven and before that day comes Elijah the prophet will come. We also know that this prophesy was given about 400 years before the coming of the Messiah. We also know that the Jews, who are still waiting on the coming of the promised Messiah are also still waiting on this coming of Elijah because the two were connected.

Yet, in the Book of Mormon, Third Nephi Chapters 24 and 25, we have Jesus quoting Malachi in about 34AD. And according to the chapter headings this is a prophesy to be fulfilled “at the Second Coming” of Jesus Christ.

On the LDS Church’s website, this article, titled “Old Testament Prophets: Malachi”, also makes the same claim concerning this prophesy, saying it was a prophesy that would be fulfilled before the second coming.

In a study guide on the Church’s website, titled “3 Nephi 24-25: The Prophecies of Malachi”, we read how and when this prophesy was fulfilled:

“In fulfillment of this promise of the Lord through Malachi, Elijah returned to the earth in 1836 in the Kirtland Temple and committed keys of the priesthood making it possible to perform saving ordinances for those who have died (see D&C 110:13–16). He restored what is sometimes referred to as the sealing power of the priesthood. It is this power whereby families are sealed together for eternity.”

Further, this General Conference speech given in 1971 on “Elijah the Prophet”, tells us that the true meaning of turning the hearts of the children to their fathers and the hearts of the fathers to their children is genealogy and temple work or the redemption of the dead. And Mr. Hunter seems to imply that Malachi’s prophesy was always about the second coming of Christ. I find that interesting given Jesus himself tells us that this prophesy was fulfilled by John the Baptist.

Mat 17:10-13

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Again we read in Mark’s account:

Mar 9:11-13

And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

There is not a shred of ambiguity in either of these statements. Jesus clearly identified John as the fulfillment of the prophesy made by Malachi. But if you ask a Mormon about this they will point to the wording found in Matthew, with a bit of a twist, and claim that John would have been the fulfillment “if” they would have received him… but since they did not receive him, he was not the fulfillment.

They may quote Mat 11:14, which says: “And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come” and claim that Jesus is saying: “if they had received him” THEN John would have been the fulfillment. But that is not what Jesus is saying at all.

Let’s take a look:

Mat 11:13-14:

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

Jesus does not say that if they would have received John he would have been the fulfillment. He is clearly saying that “all the prophets and the law prophesied UNTIL JOHN” and “if ye will receive it” [THE TRUTH ABOUT JOHN], “this is Elias, which was for to come”.

John was the one sent to prepare the way for the Lord!! He was this ELIJAH which was to come!! So what does that say about “the great and dreadful day of the Lord”?

In Luke, we see Jesus in the synagogue reading from Isaiah:

Luk 4:17-29

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

Sounds almost like what Jesus said when he said: “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Doesn’t it?

Turning back to Isaiah, chapter 61 tells us that “the acceptable year of the Lord” is connected to “the day of vengeance of our God” and Jesus, reading from Isaiah 61 says: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

So not only does the LDS Church deny that John was the fulfillment of this prophesy, as so stated by Jesus himself, they also deny “all the prophets and the law prophesied until John”, who was sent to prepare the way for the Lord, who is the one through whom God now speaks to mankind.

They tell us that God has “restored” to us living prophets and apostles, just as in the days of old, and ignore the fact that God no longer speaks to us through imperfect and fallible men. He no longer speaks to us through the law and the prophets, but now speaks to us “by His Son”. This is the very first thing we read in the book of Hebrews, a letter sent to those who were under the law and the prophets, those to whom the oracles of God were committed until the fulness of time was come – for God to send forth His Son.

Heb 1:1-4

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; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Paul speaks of Israel’s redemption from under the law in Galatians:

Gal 4:1-6

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Again, please note that the coming of Christ in the flesh also pertains to the coming of “the fulness of the time”, which is something else the LDS Church claims has to do with days of Joseph Smith and the “restoration” which, supposedly, took place less than 200 years ago through him – almost 2000 years after the coming of Elijah, the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the ushering in of the Kingdom of God.

They say we need modern-day prophets and apostles, for God does not speak to the church except through his prophets and apostles. They refuse to see the Truth! God is no longer sending SERVANTS. He has sent us HIS SON. Just as the parable of Jesus speaks in Mat 21. He is the stone that the builders rejected and “is become the head of the corner” and “whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”

There is but ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between God and man, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time:

1Ti 2:1-7

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

As I stated in my previous blog entry, though the LDS Church does embrace a more liberal understanding of the Father’s plan of salvation with regard to its scope, they still do not preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ because they do not preach that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of ALL MEN, in the fullest sense.

1Ti 4:9-11

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach.

Not only do they not preach Jesus Christ as the Savior of all men, they do not even have a proper understanding of just exactly who the Messiah, their Redeemer, is.

These are just a few more ways in which the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fail.


Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Elijah, Mormonism


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Approaching Mormon Doctrine


Recently, I have seen the following quote presented in multiple Mormon discussion groups:

“The Church has confined the sources of doctrine by which it is willing to be bound before the world to the things that God has revealed, and which the Church has officially accepted, and those alone. These would include the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price; these have been repeatedly accepted and endorsed by the Church in general conference assembled, and are the only sources of absolute appeal for our doctrine.”
– B. H. Roberts, sermon of 10 July 1921, delivered in Salt Lake Tabernacle, printed in Deseret News, 23 July 1921, sec. 4, p. 7

This quote seemed to be being passed around by Mormons in an attempt to silence any critic who would quote anyone or anything other than Mormon scripture as a source of Mormon Doctrine. In other words, it doesn’t matter what anyone says, even the Prophets and Apostles of the Church, nothing but what can be found in the scriptures is “Official Church Doctrine”.

That’s quite a statement coming from a member of a church which claims to be “the only true church” and which points out, not only the importance of but, the need for modern-day prophets and apostles. We need them, but it doesn’t matter what they say because they might be mistaken? In fact, when I recently pressed a member for an answer on this, I pointed out that what they were saying was that the Mormon Church’s only real claim has nothing at all to do with “truth”, then, but with “power and authority.” They agreed.

Anyway, I found a more recent reference to “Approaching Mormon Doctrine”, which states:

“Not every statement made by a Church leader, past or present, necessarily constitutes doctrine. A single statement made by a single leader on a single occasion often represents a personal, though well-considered, opinion, but is not meant to be officially binding for the whole Church. With divine inspiration, the First Presidency (the prophet and his two counselors) and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the second-highest governing body of the Church) counsel together to establish doctrine that is consistently proclaimed in official Church publications. This doctrine resides in the four “standard works” of scripture (the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price), official declarations and proclamations, and the Articles of Faith. Isolated statements are often taken out of context, leaving their original meaning distorted.”
– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Newsroom, Approaching Mormon Doctrine, 4 May 2007

Though this more recent reference does reiterate that official church doctrine resides in the four standard works, it clearly includes official declarations and proclamations. In fact, it seems to also include any official church publication, as it is clearly stated that this is where “established doctrine” is “consistently proclaimed.” That those doctrines are derived from and supported by the four standard works, etc, doesn’t preclude those doctrines from being found in other places, in official church publications in particular. Therefore, it doesn’t preclude those looking for official church doctrine from consulting such publications and not being limited to just the four standard works of the church. And, of course, this should make perfect sense to any reasonable person. Members of this Church subscribe to and refer to these publications for a reason. They are valuable resources and one of the means by which Church Leaders reach the membership and reiterate/reinforce Church Doctrine.

It’s not “every idle word” that we are interested in. But those things a Prophet or Apostle of the Lord speaks from behind the pulpit in his church or that he publishes in writing aught not be considered “idle words” or “mere speculation,” as this is not the place to share such things, in my opinion.

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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Mormonism


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The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times


“A dispensation of the gospel is a period of time in which the Lord has at least one authorized servant on the earth who bears the holy priesthood and the keys. … The fulness of times is the final dispensation, and began with the revelation of the gospel to Joseph Smith. … It is a glorious time, the time in which we live today” (Bible Dictionary, “Dispensations”). Here are some of Joseph Smith’s teachings on this gospel dispensation.

See: The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times

According to the LDS Church we are currently living in “the dispensation of the fulness of times”, as ushered in through Joseph Smith via the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

But is that what the Bible says about the dispensation of the fullness of times?

Paul speaks of “the dispensation of the fulness of times” in Ephesians 1. And it seems clear to me that Paul is saying that they were, then, living in “the dispensation of the fulness of times”; for he said that it was in “the dispensation of the fulness of times” that God would “gather together in one all things in Christ”. Eph 1:3-12 reads:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:”

John also writes about the gathering together of the nations in John 11:45-52, in which Caiaphas prophesied concerning the death of Christ saying:

“Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.”. John said: “And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.”

If we continue reading in Ephesians, Paul continues by pointing out that those who were dead in sin “were quickened together with Christ”, even raised up together with Him in His resurrection. He says that “one new man” was created “in Christ” by which reconciliation was made, through which the Gentiles were made partakers of the promises and part of “the commonwealth of Israel”. (Eph 2) In chapter 3 Paul calls it “the dispensation of the grace of God” which was given to him to preach.

It is to this “gathering together” into “one body” that I believe Paul is referring when he speaks of those who would forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” in Heb 10. The word used there is “episunagōgē” and it means “a complete collection”.

I don’t really see how there can be any doubt that these things were accomplished by the cross of Christ through which Christ was made the High Priest over the house of God (mentioned several times throughout the book of Hebrews), making it possible for us to enter into the Holy of Holies, with boldness, by the blood of Christ.

Paul speaks several times about the fact that “we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Rom 12:5)

Back to Heb 10:1-5, Paul writes:

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:”

The church is that body; His body being His church – to whom the mystery and the riches of the glory of the mystery were to be made known. We read in Col 1:18-27

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

Can there be any doubt that these things were accomplished in Christ, by the cross of Christ, through the blood of Christ poured out upon the alter of the Lord once for all at the incarnation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?

This is one example of how and where Mormon doctrine fails.

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Mormonism


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