This week marks an important time in Mormon history. September 22 is the anniversary of Joseph Smith’s discovery of mysterious golden plates containing the Book of Mormon. The month also celebrates the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s emigration from Mecca to Medina in September 622 A.D., and is the central historical event of early Islam.
“In the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that the Bible is one witness, and the Book of Mormon is another witness, that Jesus Christ is our leader and Savior … The Book of Mormon is a second witness …” – WHAT MORMONS BELIEVE, by Ken Miller [i].
The Apostle Paul warned of false prophets bearing false gospels. The Book of Mormon is one of these false gospels: “…I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ …” – BOOK OF GALATIANS, penned by the Apostle Paul [ii] .
LDS apologists claim that the Book of Mormon is not a different gospel than what is presented in the Holy Bible. It is a companion book, they say, revealing the “fullness” of the Gospel. the Apostle Paul said that the fullness of the Gospel had already come. All things were summed at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ [iii]. The Apostle John said we had already received this fullness, “grace upon grace” in Jesus Christ our Lord [iv]. The Bible’s revelation progressed from promise to fulfillment, and now the Bible is complete. The Old Testament is promise; the New Testament is fulfillment. Jesus said, “…”Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill…[v]”
There is no need for Joseph Smith or Muhammad or any other innovative prophets. Jesus is all we need. Is not the main point being made in the book of Hebrews that “…we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens …. [vi]?” Christ is the fullness of all revelation. God’s Word was made complete at the coming of Christ: “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son …[vii]. Hence, all new prophets are false prophets, and we should reject them.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the end of all revelation. Christ is superior to everyone and everything. The Lord is superior to all prophets before and after Him. God’s full, perfect revelation is found in the coming of His Son. God, who formerly spoke in many different ways through many different people, has finally spoken in one way, through One Person, His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus not only brought, but remains to this very day, God’s full and final revelation. The Book of Mormon and the Qur’an are not only unnecessary, but they are false gospels.
Yet Mormons claim that for eighteen hundred years, the Bible was missing something. Now the Mormon book has made it whole. LDS leaders claim that the Book of Mormon “does not take the place of the Bible [viii].” Despite the fact that there are severe consequences and stern warnings to those who add to the revelation of Jesus Christ, Mormons ignore this admonition to their own peril.
A similar claim was made by Muhammad, Islam’s false prophet, who wrote “…Whoever is an enemy to [the angel] Gabriel-for he brings down the (revelation) to thy heart by God’s will, a confirmation of what went before, and guidance and glad tidings for those who believe …[ix] .”
Hence, both Islam and Mormons propound the same lies. Both claim their prophet was visited by an angel who gave them new revelation. Both religions claim the Bible is one of their Scriptures, yet add to it with additional information. Both claim to have “new truths” never before heard by the people of God.
One would think that the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon would contain identical revelations and instructions for the church and for the Jews alike since both religions claim to have restored the “true knowledge and testimony of Jesus Christ.” Yet the Muslim book and the Mormon book not only contradict the Holy Bible, but disagree with each other. How does one explain this paradox? How are Joseph Smith and Muhammad “prophets,” supposedly emanating from the One True God of the Holy Bible yet fail the unity test?
When closely examined, neither the Qur’an nor any of the Mormon scriptures bear any resemblance to the Bible’s teaching. Both the Book of Mormon and the Qur’an are extrabiblical writings, that is to say they are false gospels, pseudo-scripture, and therefore they are demonic books meant to usurp the Holy Bible.
To add anything to the New Testament is blasphemous. Adding The Book of Mormon or the Qur’an or anything else that claims to be revelation from God is blasphemous. “God has in these last days finalized His revelation in His Son.” The Bible is the final and complete inspiration of God and contains everything we need to be the rule of faith and life for people of God. The end of the book of Revelation warns that if we add anything to it, its plagues will be added to Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, the Whittmers, Sidney Rigdon, Muhammad, Abu Bakr, and anyone else who conspired to rewrite and add to the Holy Bible. Those who have taken anything away from the Bible,”… the holy city will be taken away from [them] [x].”
The book of Hebrews establishes the preeminence of Jesus Christ over all the Old Testament, over its messengers, its methods, and its message. Jesus Christ is greater than all prophets, and He is the end of prophecy.
The Bible is the final authority from which God’s people learn about the Lord and receive instruction from Him for their lives. The Bible is complete, and had been complete many centuries before the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon arrived on the religious scene.
CITATIONS AND NOTES:
[i] Bountiful, UT: Publishers & Distributers, © 1981, p. 102 (emphasis mine).
[ii] Galatians 1:6.
[iii] Ephesians 1:10
[iv] John 1:16
[v] Matthew 5:17
[vi] Hebrews 8:1
[vii] Hebrews 1:1-2
[viii] DOCTRINES AND COVENANTS COMMENTARY, Salt Lake: Deseret Book Club, © 1973, P. 57 (Note #52).
[ix] Qur’an 2:97, King Fahd Translation.
[x] Revelation 22:18-19