Mormonism and False Prophecies - 02/22/2004
I find your site to be very informative. I have a Mormon friend who has been trying to recruit my family into the Mormon religion. I've been using some of the things learned on your website to fight back.
I've tried talking to him about the fact the Joseph Smith had many false prophecies but he turned around and said there were many false prophecies in the Bible as well. Is that true? I'm not very versed in the Bible as I wish so I couldn't answer that one for sure. Have you ever heard from a Mormon on some specific prophecies that didn't come true? How should I answer him on this one?
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Brian. Thanks for writing to us, and thanks for contending for the faith. In short, your friend is wrong -- there are no false prophecies in the Bible. The only prophecies that were not fulfilled, are those that are yet to be fulfilled (i.e. end-times prophecies). His response was an LDS equivalent of, "Oh, YEAH?!" We get that quite a bit.
Let me commend you for going to the heart of the matter -- the fact that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. Everything else hinges on this argument. Many people will run in circles talking about odd LDS practices and beliefs, but it's important to get to the heart of the matter, which you have done. We have a couple recommendations.
First, it is vitally important that you spend time in Bible study. You admitted you are not well-versed in the Bible. It's good that you recognize this limitation, but it's important that you remedy this as much as possible. I suggest you start reading and studying the New Testament as much as you can. You also need to be constantly in prayer. This is spiritual warfare, and only through prayer can you be equipped to fight this battle (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Now, the next time you see your Mormon friend, ask him what Bible prophecies were false. Tell him you're curious, and would like to research them. Our guess is that he won't have a specific answer. If he gives you an example, it will be wrong. Feel free to write us again with any response he gives you, and we'll help you show him his error. Keep after this. He may want to change the subject, but he needs to be confronted with the fact that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. Knowing that, he must realize the dangers inherent in being part of a religion founded by a false prophet. Direct him to Matthew 24:24 and Galatians 1:6-9.
Once again, ask him for specifics. If he has none, press the issue that he knows of none because there are none. If he does give you an answer, we'll help you refute that through scripture. Then urge him to not entrust his eternal soul to someone proven to be a false prophet. God bless you and strengthen you.
Ben and Jennifer Rast