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OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?
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OxyMormonics 1 - How Much Authority, Where?

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The LDS Church claims supreme authority for God on Earth, but cannot seem to get the source of that authority straight.

The LDS Church claims supreme authority for God on Earth, but cannot seem to get the source of that authority straight.

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  • 1. ® OXYMO RMONICS EPISODE 1 HOW MUCH AUTHORITY, WHERE?
  • 2. ® OXYMO RMONICS The LDS Church Claims Authority for God on Earth ... but they can’t seem to get straight where that authority comes from.
  • 3. ® OXYMO RMONICS Version One: Standard Works Rule In Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, P. 203, Joseph Fielding Smith wrote: It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man’s doctrine.
  • 4. ® OXYMO RMONICS (continued) You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works.
  • 5. ® OXYMO RMONICS Version Two: The Prophet Rules In 14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophets, Ezra Taft Bensen wrote: SECOND: The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
  • 6. ® OXYMO RMONICS Version Three: They Are Equal In Articles of Faith, James E. Talmage wrote on page 7: We rely therefore, on the teachings of the living oracles of God as of equal validity with the doctrines of the written word.
  • 7. ® OXYMO RMONICS Text http://scriptures.lds.org -> Gospel Library -> Lessons -> Unit 3, Chapter 9 Prophets of God
  • 8. ® OXYMO RMONICS http://www.ldsfaq.byu.edu/view.asp?q=100
  • 9. ® OXYMO RMONICS Houston, We have a problem! That link from BYU says that anyone moving with the Holy Spirit can edit and/or reinterpret the Standard Works. Can you see the problem here? The LDS Church is a multivalent system of doctrines and theology where there is no absolute truth.
  • 10. ® OXYMO RMONICS So Which One Is It? The Bottom Line The LDS Church teaches that the Church’s President/ Prophet/Seer and Revelator speaks exclusively for God in all things on Earth, unless he’s contradicting past prophets -- or contradicting the Standard Works -- except in the case where the Standard Works are less than the prophet, or equal to the prophet, otherwise they are greater than the prophet -- who speaks exclusively for God in all things on this earth.

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