The Ninth Article of Faith

The ninth Article of Faith proclaims, “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” Setting aside the obvious error that exists with Mormonism truly believing all that God has revealed (see First Article of Faith), it is visible through careful examination that if one really believes all that God has revealed in the past, then there would be no reason or need to believe that God is still revealing things now or in the future.
In his second letter to the early Christians, Peter writes,

…to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pet. 1:1-4)

Notice how he readily accepts and teaches that God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness.  During the same letter, Peter emphasizes the characteristics one must possess in order to obtain that life and live in a godly way.  The recipients of his letter were members of the Lord’s church and understood that it was the Lord who added them (Act 2:47).  They had been baptized, confessed Christ, repented of sins, and thus added to the Kingdom of God.  Now that they were in Christ, they were given instruction on how to continuously act like it.  The same message was to be applied for all disciples for all time.  In other words, if we do what they did we will be what they were: Christians.

There would come a time when revelation would no longer be needed.  Jude writes, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)  There was always just one faith which was synonymous with the Gospel.  Once it was given how one is to be added to the church of Christ, there would be no new revealed information other than examples.  Once it was given what one has to do to remain faithful, there would be no need for anything more to be revealed in how to behave.

One of the most prominent arguments made by the Mormon Church in teaching that God is still revealing comes by way of their belief and teaching of their “Great Apostasy.”  This is the teaching that after the death of Christ and His apostles, His church and doctrine was wiped from earth by man.  The LDS website www.lds.org contends, “After the deaths of the Savior and His Apostles, men corrupted the principles of the gospel and made unauthorized changes in Church organization and priesthood ordinances (unknown).”  As a result, Joseph Smith claimed he was visited by God the Father and Jesus the Son in fleshly tangible forms to instruct him to re-establish the true church.

Smith wrote, “I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads, ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.’  Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine…I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did.” (Smith)  Smith wanted people to believe how God had given him revelation pertaining to the Church and that he would be the one to “restore” it.  His downfall comes by way of the very source he was trying to use to lure so many people into this heresy.  Smith quoted the Bible, which was obviously on the earth at the time the Mormon Church was established.  As such, God’s word never left and His kingdom was never in jeopardy of being removed.  Since Joseph Smith had the word of God in his possession, why would he need any further revealing of how to restore the church of the New Testament?  By his own actions he acknowledges that the word of God and “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” were never lost.  Thus, he condemns himself.  He would later pen the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price in which his so-called revelations would not only contradict previous “revelations,” but habitually change.  This is one of the dangers in accepting new revelations.  They not only get tangled with what has been truthfully written, but they can change with the seasons to entertain new ideas not prescribed in the Bible.

Peter assures,

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you (1 Pet. 1:22-25)

Peter did not say the word of the Lord will continue to be revealed, but that what has been written will endure forever.  God has said everything He needs to say about living godly lives and going to heaven.  His word does not need changing; it does not need updating; certainly it does not need to be revealed in any new way, especially with Scripture that contradicts the Bible.