Book of Mormon
Another Testament of Jesus Christ
How can it be?
The Mormon Church has changed its logo in order to emphasis the name ‘Jesus Christ’ whilst the remainder of its title - “The Church of ….. Latter-day Saints is less prominent,
Since 1981 the Book of Mormon has been sub-titled with the words “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”
Since they say the Book of Mormon is ANOTHER Testament of Jesus Christ it seems reasonable for us to assume they mean another testament, besides the Bible. So the Jesus of whom they are speaking must be the biblical Jesus.
The first paragraph of the “Introduction” to the Book of Mormon reads:
The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting
Here we see the Book of Mormon being ‘linked’ to the Bible, so our assumption that they mean another testament - besides the Bible, is obviously correct.
[As an aside; notice the above introduction says the Bible also contains ‘the fulness of the everlasting gospel.’ The Mormon church teaches that parts of the Bible are missing, and the text which remains is largely corrupted. Since that is what they believe why does the Book of Mormon introduction say otherwise?]
Imagine you wrote a biography of Elvis Presley and it became world famous; in fact it became a standard reference work for anyone wanting to study the life of “The King.”
Then, years later, I wrote another biography of Elvis Presley. However! The Elvis Presley of whom I wrote was not the famous singer but somebody quite different who just happened to have the same name.
Now, if I put on the front cover on my book:
“Another biography of Elvis Presley”
I would be giving a false impression. Because those words would suggest I was speaking about the same Elvis Presley as you, since I claim it is ‘another’ (a second) biography.
A different Jesus
For many years Christians have claimed that the Jesus of the Mormon Church is a different Jesus than He of whom the Bible speaks. This claim has been denied by LDS Church leaders who have insisted they worship the same Jesus. The Jesus of the Bible.
On June 4, 1998, whilst on a visit to Paris, France, President Hinckley bore his testimony of Jesus Christ. While doing so Hinckley spoke of those outside the church who claim Mormons do not believe in the traditional Christ, he continued:
“No, I don’t. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.
He together with his Father, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith in the year 1820, and when Joseph left the grove that day, he knew more about the nature of God than all the learned ministers of the gospel of the ages.”
Church News, Week ending June 20, 1998.
Throughout the centuries Christians have believed in the Jesus Christ who is presented to us in the Bible. He who was, and is.
…God…manifest in the flesh, …preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16
The traditional Christ who is rejected by Mormonism.
Hinckley is not the first to reveal Mormonism’s rejection of the real Lord Jesus Christ. At the 147th General Conference, Bernard P. Brockbank stated:
“…the Christ followed by the Mormons is not the Christ followed by traditional Christianity.”
“It is true that many of the Christian churches worship a different Jesus Christ than is worshipped by the Mormons or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
If the Christ of the Book of Mormon is the Christ in whom Mormons believe then clearly he is a different Christ from the Jesus Christ of the Bible, in whom Mormons don’t believe. Therefore, the Book of Mormon cannot be
Another testament of Jesus Christ
But rather, it is a
Testament of another Jesus Christ
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4,5.