Monday, March 6, 2017

Cult Savvy Devotional 5

Things can get kind of jumbled doing these weekly devotionals, but I'll try to keep things tight and interesting. I uncovered a few more tidbits about the onset of Mormonism. When I first wrote about the golden plates I hadn't uncovered the "spectacles." Joseph Smith claimed that the angel Moroni had given him the pair for translating the hieroglyphics. Magical glasses? Magical Seer Stones? Hieroglyphics?

Joseph Smith's father-in-law began helping Joseph with the translation. A teacher named Oliver Cowdery became acquainted with the translators and he began to help also. Three men spending hours writing down whatever they believed they were reading in hieroglyphics. The three claimed that their relationships became so spiritual that they were visited in person by John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John. This visitation was supposed to have happened in Pennsylvania on May 15th 1829. The four biblical patriarchs were said to have ordained Joseph and Oliver to the Aaronic Priesthood.

The Book of Mormon was published early in the year of 1830. Later on in the same year, Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and friends of Cowdery: David and Peter Whitmer Jr. officially founded a new "religious society" entitled,"The Church of Christ." Later the church was renamed "The Church of Latter-Day Saints." One of the more fast spreading cults had come into existence. This brings to mind some bible verses starting with:

Proverbs 30:5,6 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Revelation 22:18,19 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Mark 7:13 thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that."

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