If any man tries to make man think he can't error, that man above allelse errors and seeks to elevates himself to an equal status with God!While the likelihood is somewhat remote, pride, conceit and other villainyit is always possible. In Jeremiah 23:14, we read that the prophets ofhis day were to God as Sodom and the inhabitants of Gomorrah! Why? Werethey homosexual? No!
14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing:they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the handsof evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all ofthem unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
and in Jeremiah 29:23 we read,
23 Because they have committed villany (sic) in Israel, and have committedadultery with their neighbours' (sic) wives, and have spoken lying wordsin my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and [am] a witness,saith the LORD.
It is apparent and obvious that a prophet is merely a man subjectto the same temptations, errors, foibles, pride and conceit as any otherperson. Apparently, he proved himself sufficiently that God was willingto trust him, but prophets have to betray God's trust and confidence.
Another prophet of God warned man that he can not be saved by blindlyadhering to the admonitions of a prophet which is to say, one can not besaved by blind faith. He is also quoted as saying, you must always questionyour leaders.
One can not blindly believe in what is written either. I have alreadyexplained in an article entitled "King Constantine" how an unbaptized Christian,declared himself the thirteenth apostle of Jesus Christ, organized theCouncil of Nicaea, formulated the beliefs and dogmas of and founded the"Catholic Church," had dissenting Christians murdered to squelch any andall opposition, declared himself the first Pope of the Catholic Churchand ordered the monks and fathers translating the Bible to insure thattheir translation reflected the truth that, "it is a scientific fact thathomosexuality causes earthquakes." This from a man who was a real Einsteinof a scientist and who had been jilted and his ego seriously wounded byhis berdache. For those who aren't familiar with the term, "berdache" means,it is what many today call a "gay lover" or anciently was considered asa "male wife," a male spouse.
Just because a lot of people revere an individual as a spiritual leader,as a man of God or a prophet of God, does not mean he or she is. Christtold man how to tell the difference. He said, "By their fruits ye shallknow them." "Fruits" means "deeds" which is to say, "By their deeds youshall know them."
In the Mormon's Doctrine & Covenants, God warns man that a prophetis not immune from the temptations, errors and foibles of man when He said,
For although a man may have many revelations, and have powerto do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and setsat naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his ownwill and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a justGod upon him. (D&C 3:4.)
That doesn't just go for "carnal desires," the Book of Mormon warnsman, not just Mormons, that their church leaders will be haughty with prideand conceit. Everyone has to constantly guard against those faults. A prophetisn't immune but is probably targeted by Satan and his minions for theyhave more to lose if the prophet succeeds. Pride and conceit are but acouple of signs that the individual is not listening to God but Satan!
Joseph Smith wrote when he had, "visited with a brother and sister fromMichigan, who thought that 'a prophet is always a prophet;' but I toldthem that a prophet was a prophet only when he was acting as such." (Teachings,p. 278.) The Mormon church maintains, "the opinions and views even of prophetsmay contain error unless those opinions and views are inspired by the Spirit.
The Mormon Church maintains, inspired statements are scripture and shouldbe accepted as such.
4 And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghostshall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind ofthe Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord,and the power of God unto salvation.
Wow! That is a very, very dangerous tenant! Therefore, anythingany prophet says is scripture just because he says he was inspired! Mormonsquote the above verse to validate any and all writings in which they claimtheir prophet was inspired. I remember asking the Mormon leaders, "Whenis what the prophet says, scripture?" The answer was, "Any thing whichpreceedeth (sic) forth from the month of a prophet!" I don't believe theCatholics have gone to that extreme..., yet!
I can not nor will I try to refute what Joseph Smith claims was a revelationfrom God, however, Joseph Smith "was inspired to write" the following andis therefore you must accept it as scripture, "That which is wrong underone circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another." For example,God said, "Thou shalt not kill;" at another time He said, "Thoushalt utterly destroy."
What are they going to call it, Section137?
However, Section 68: verse 4 above, when taken as a blanket statementof policy opens the door to numerous abuses and potentially, not only leadsthe people, but also insures their apostasy. My problem with that is anyperson can claim to be a "prophet" and also can and will subsequently declarehe was "inspired by God!"
Spencer W. Kimball said,
With all their inspiration and greatness, prophets are yetmortal men with imperfections common to mankind in general. They have theiropinions and prejudices and are left to work out their own problems withoutinspiration in many instances.
I agree with this totally. Joseph Smith said,
I never told you I was perfect; but there is no error in therevelations which I have taught. Must I, then, be thrown away as a thingof naught?
(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 368.)
The Joseph Smith also taught,
. . . Nothing is a greater injury to the children of men thanto be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have theSpirit of God.
(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 205.
It is not to be suggested that church leaders are infallible. Theyare mortal men. However, the Lord works through these men to bless themembership of His church. Such blessings are predicated upon the membershipfollowing their counsel, regardless of their human weaknesses. The prophetJoseph Smith taught the saints to look past the human weakness of the leadershipand render obedience to their counsel.
Otten & Caldwell, Sacred Truths of the Doctrine & Covenants,Vol. 2, Pg. 237 - Pg. 238
The Mormon Prophet Brigham Young also taught that man must be constantlyvigil and question their leaders. Why?
I am not as bold as Joseph Smith. While we must always be aware andconscious of who we are and endeavor to act accordingly, I want to be ableto be me, to be human with all my hopes, fears, passions, dreams, foibles,faults and idiosyncrasies. If I am ever to act as the conduit between Godand man, to teach man of the will of God, I will say here and now, theword of God is only that which He or His messenger speaks. Everything elseis commentary. My commentary can and will change from time to time, asI gain more knowledge and understanding. If I "waffle" from time to timeas the political opponents of President Bill Clinton castigate him for,it is because fortunately I'm not God or I still wouldn't be here. I anddon't have a perfect knowledge of anything but the fact that I don't havea perfect knowledge!
David R.W. Wadsworth
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