The Book of Mormon Chapter 7 Critique
Setting: Mormon invites the
Lamanites of the latter days to believe in Christ, accept His gospel,
and be saved—All who believe the Bible will also believe the Book of
Mormon. About A.D. 385.
Verse 1: And now, behold, I
would speak somewhat unto the remnant of this people who are spared, if
it so be that God may give unto them my words, that they may know of
the things of their fathers; yea, I speak unto you, ye remnant of the
house of Israel; and these are the words which I speak:
Note: The Apostle Paul wrote about the remnant.
Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:5.
Verses 2-4: Know ye that ye are
of the house of Israel. Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or
ye cannot be saved. Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war,
and delight no more in the shedding of blood, and take them not again,
save it be that God shall command you.
Note: Jesus Christ does not want His followers to be killers.
And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand
and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off
his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all
who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:51-52.
Verse 5: Know ye that ye must
come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and
iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and
that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath
risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and
also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.
Note: Sidney Rigdon plagiarized the Holy Bible.
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has
put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is
written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is
your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55.
Verses 6-7: And he bringeth to
pass the resurrection of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand
before his judgment-seat. And he hath brought to pass the redemption of
the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the
judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in
his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the
Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God,
in a state of happiness which hath no end.
Note: Mormons quickly abandoned the Trinity shortly after the BOM publication.
While today’s traditional Christianity asserts that the three members
of the Godhead are all one person (called the “Trinity,” a belief based
on a man-made council that wrote the Nicene Creed in A.D. 325), we know
that the Father and the Son each have bodies of flesh and bones and
that the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. lds.org
Verse 8: Therefore repent, and
be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of
Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also
in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which
record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.
Note: The Christian Gospel has nothing to do about BOM fiction.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to
you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you
are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless
you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I
also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third
day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then
by the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.
Verse 9: For behold, this is
written for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that
ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know
concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were
wrought by the power of God among them.
Note: Christians will focus on Jesus Christ not their ancestors.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an
understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who
is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal
life. 1 John 5:20.
Verse 10: And ye will also know
that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered
among the people of the first covenant; and if it so be that ye believe
in Christ, and are baptized, first with water, then with fire and with
the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savior, according to that
which he hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of
Note: The nation of Israel will not be saved until after the Church age.
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this
mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in
part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come
in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer
will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning
the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the
gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once
disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their
disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that
through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has
committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For
who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?”
“Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?” For of
Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory
forever. Amen. Romans 11:25-36.
Note: Sidney Rigdon believed you could lose your salvation.
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