As we look at the Bible, Genesis, chapter 50, ends with verse 26. However, a man named Joseph Smith didn’t care one bit and wrote an additional 13 verses of his own. So his translation ends with verse 38. I am saying this right. He took the KJV Bible and added, deleted, rearranged, and altered different parts of it to fit his liking. This makes up 3410 changes in all, including what I just mentioned in Genesis. A snippet of his addition in Genesis mentions how Jesus would restore his church through a seer named Joseph. And so we see Joseph Smith adding his name to the Bible. Those corrupted verses read, “and out of weakness shall he be made strong, in that day when my work shall go forth among all my people, which shall restore them, who are of the house of Israel, in the last days. And that seer will I bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise I give unto you; for I will remember you from generation to generation; and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto you; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand shall bring my people unto salvation.” (Genesis 50:32,33 – JST) Now, would a prophet of God add to the Biblical text like this? Of course not. God is not happy one bit.
At the end of the Torah, which comprises Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, we get a warning to not add to or take away from what has been written. It reads, “now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:1,2) Did Joseph Smith abide by this command from God? No. He not only changed this chapter in Genesis but many other chapters and verses in the Torah. Solomon wrote, “every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5,6) Therefore, Joseph Smith is a false prophet and a liar. Lastly, David wrote, “the words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalm 12:6,7) The truth is, the Bible has been preserved over time. Only false prophets would want to change it. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help us to not trust what our hearts tell us. Truly, our hearts are very deceitful and desperately sick. It takes us down paths that appear to be right, but in the end is destruction. So many evil things come out of one’s heart like evil thoughts, murder, adultery, theft, slander, and more. I have seen so many false witnesses, of whom trust in their hearts instead of what You and Your word says in the Bible. Sure, we are to pray about things in this life, but to trust in what our hearts are saying is such a terrible thing. What I have learned from You, God, is that if you want to show us something then You will with specific promptings. This is different than feelings. It is simply hearing Your words and obeying. Why is it that people think they have to feel warm and fuzzy inside before they hear from You? Do they not realize that many people go to movies, concerts, sporting events, commit different immoral sexual acts and each time they feel good inside? This can span for some time until You come and convict us of our sins. Lord, what I am asking is for You to lead and guide Your people. This way false prophets/witnesses won’t lead us astray. Because we are founded on Your words in the Bible, we will not deviate from our beliefs in You. I love You, Lord. Thank You for the Holy Spirit in my life. Amen.
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