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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

25 May 2005

The King Follett Funeral Discourse

James White recently finished a series of entries related to the King Follett Discourse, a funeral sermon given by Joseph Smith, first published in 1844. These entries come from Dr. White's book Is the Mormon My Brother, one of the best books I have read on the subject of Mormonism (along with Letters to a Mormon Elder, found here).

As Dr. White explains in the first paragraph, this is "quintessential Mormonism" enclosed in a sermon given by the founding prophet of the LDS church, Joseph Smith. It is a great resource when witnessing to LDS, since there seems to be a desire amongst LDS missionaries and apologists these days to say they agree with the historic formulations of the nature of God, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and, in submission to Scripture, the creeds and confessions. But, when you dig beneath the surface, it becomes quite clear the god of Mormonism is a pathetic idol compared to the Lord God of Scripture.

I found this material to be edifying, and informative when dealing with LDS theology. Recommended!

Part #1 - The King Follett Discourse

Part #2 - God is an Exalted Man

Part #3 - Learning to be a God

Part #4 - The Council of the Gods

Part #5 - Mans Spirit Eternal and Uncreated

Part #6 - The Principles of Eternal Life



Blogger Daniel said...

There's an excellent book on the LDS called The New Mormon Challenge edited by Francis Beckwith. Part of the difficulty in the discussion of Mormonism is that there's quite a variety of doctrine with the LDS. Since they hold to the idea of new revelation, the church's doctrine is always in a flux. For the most part, Mormons today don't believe everything that Joseph Smith taught.

28 May, 2005 10:40  
Blogger Joe L. said...

First off, thanks for stopping by Daniel. Not many folks make it to my neck of the blogosphere woods!

I have not read the book you referred to, although I have heard of it. Thanks for recommending it to me. Your point is well taken that LDS doctrine inherently contradicts itself. On the one hand, they do believe in continuing revelation, yet on the other hand, to be consistent, they have to believe Joseph Smith was a prophet from God who spoke truth. They fall into a conundrum when they, on the one hand, appeal to Smith, then on the other hand, don’t believe everything he taught. Which is it I ask!?

The Lord has given me a small ministry to LDS. I have friends who are LDS, and there just seems to be a lot of them around, because I get missionaries at my door all the time. I have found the most effective form of evangelism to LDS is to simply proclaim to gospel of grace to them, holding nothing back. The gospel of free, unmerited grace is foreign to their works based theology and worldview.

Anyway, thanks for the comment, stop by anytime!

31 May, 2005 21:47  

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