Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
Joseph Smith fills all the criteria of a false prophet. Most of his prophecies proved to be wrong. The few that were fulfilled were so obvious that they were even predicted by the local press. They were nothing more than educated guesses. And many of his revelations contradicted what God tells us in the Bible. If they had truly come from God they would have agreed with, built upon or amplified His already revealed word to us.
Because the full list of his false prophecies is extremely long, for convenience sake we are giving just a few examples. But there are enough for you to get the point.
It is the practice of the LDS church to sanitize their records so as to present a more favourable view of their church. Photocopies of false prophecies and revelations that have been removed from LDS scriptures are in a book in my possession entitled The Changing World of Mormonism, 1981 printing, by Jerald and Sandra Tanner (pages 38 to 66). You can download this book for free from their website, at the link provided at the bottom of this page.
One should not take the LDS’s longstanding practice of altering their records lightly. By consistently covering up or doing away with evidence that exposes Joseph Smith as a false prophet, they have deliberately enabled his deceptions to be perpetuated.
The biblical record reveals that God’s true prophets never ever slipped up. Every single one of their prophecies (including those concerning Christ’s incarnation, his life and his death on the cross), was fulfilled, exactly as prophesied. Yet Joseph Smith could not get his act together. But then he had some very peculiar ideas of what was required of him as a spiritual leader. Here is what he says in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 1976 (compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, Deseret Book Company, page 344):
“Every man has a natural, and, in our country, a constitutional right to be a false prophet, as well as a true prophet.”
But the Bible has higher standards than that. The book of Deuteronomy tells us not to have any regard for a man who claims to be speaking in God’s name, if his prophecies do not come to pass:
“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:22, KJV).
In the winter of 1829/1830 Joseph claimed that God had revealed to him that he should send Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery to Toronto, Canada, where they would sell the copyright to the Book of Mormon (c/f An Address to All Believers in Christ by David Whitmer). But their mission didn’t turn out the way the revelation had said it would. Smith said that God then explained why this was the case:
“(I Joseph) enquired of the Lord about it, and behold, the following revelation came through the stone: Some revelations are of God: some revelations are of man: and some revelations are of the devil.”
By his own admission he had no idea of the origin of his revelations — God, his own imagination, or the devil. And this should concern us deeply.
Mormons should never gloss over the fact that Joseph Smith had been deeply involved in both the occult and spiritism since his early youth (c/f An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins, by LDS seminary teacher Grant Palmer; Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection by Lance S. Owens; Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, by D. Michael Quinn; No Man Knows My History by Fawn M. Brodie; Mormonism Unvailed, by Ed Howe.)
It is hardly likely that a God of holiness and purity would speak to his prophet through an occultic stone, bearing in mind that in the Bible the occult is placed in the same category as witchcraft, spiritism and idolatry, as they all have spiritual powers behind them that oppose the purposes of God.
When he first started up the LDS church, Joseph Smith taught that God the Father was an eternal spirit as described in the Book of Mormon. This was in line with Presbyterian beliefs of that day. Once the church was well established (fourteen years later, in the early 1840’s), he persuaded the LDS membership to turn from those teachings and to follow a deity who had not always been a God, but was once an ordinary mortal man. And the wording he used showed very clearly that they had previously worshipped a deity who had always been God, eternally:
“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see ..... God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 345, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith).
Enticing others to turn from the worship of the one and only true God to another deity qualified Joseph Smith on a second count as a false prophet, according to the book of Deuteronomy.
“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And 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; Thou 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.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3, KJV)
Mormons need to ask themselves how it could be possible for a true prophet of God to start up the so-called “true” restored church of Jesus Christ under God’s inspiration and guidance, and then later on maintain that they had originally been worshipping the wrong God. Don’t forget that during those early years Joseph had claimed that he was receiving ongoing revelations and prophecies. He even claimed to have retranslated the Bible under God’s divine guidance during this period. Yet we are expected to believe that God never bothered to tell him that he and the LDS church were worshipping, following and praying to the wrong deity, a deity they now ridicule, until fourteen years had gone by.
False prophets are a spiritual danger to everyone around them. The New Testament calls them “deceivers” and “servants of Satan.” Their aim is to turn their victims from the truth. Joseph Smith managed to convince his followers that the Bible had been incorrectly translated and that large sections were missing. This opened the door for him to introduce an unbiblical gospel and a host of unbiblical and heretical doctrines.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12, KJV)
LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith maintained:
“Mormonism as it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground. If Joseph Smith was a deceiver who willfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed; his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false, for the doctrines of an imposter cannot be made to harmonize in all particulars with divine truth. If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would be easy to detect. The doctrines of false teachers will not stand the test when tried by the accepted standards of measurement, the scriptures.” (LDS Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 1, 1954, page 188.
How much more evidence is required?
Here is the link to Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s free book mentioned earlier on, that has photocopies of Smith’s deleted revelations: The Changing World of Mormonism
The following links lead to articles that will give you a deeper insight into Joseph Smith’s history of deception:
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