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Mormonism's Doctrine has Changed
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: Mormonism has passed through a number of theological stages in which its doctrine has changed, often suddenly and dramatically, due to supposed new divine revelations.
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As the Lord began to restore his church to the earth, there were many false ideas circulating among men. Almost every living person entertained a few of them. When new ideas are presented, people check them against what they know, or what they think they know. If there is too much difference, most people will be reluctant to adopt the new ideas. It would not be a sin on their part if they didn't immediately adopt the whole Restoration all at once - it's just the way humans think. We like to limit changes in our thinking to a little at a time.

God therefore brought the Restoration to pass a little at a time. This is the way he works. Joseph Smith's first vision was given to him alone. As was demonstrated, very few people were ready for it. It was the Book of Mormon that was first given to the people. It contains good doctrine, told in a way that's easy to understand. Most people can read it and realize that its message is true. We might have no way to verify whether there really was a man named Lehi, who was a Prophet of God and preached to the people of Jerusalem, but there were such men, as the Bible clearly teaches. We can understand how some of his sons didn't like the idea of pulling up stakes and moving to a new continent, and were quite vociferous about it. Regardless of whether we know if this really happened, it's understandable. As we learn of Nephi's prophecies, most people can relate; living in the times he foresaw, we can percieve directly that some of those prophecies are literally true. And so on; it is a book that leads us to understanding.

As the church grew in numbers and the members came to greater understanding, the Lord revealed more and more. Some of these revelations brushed away previous understandings. Not previous revelations; but previous traditions.

Antimormons have often pushed this falsehood, that the church's doctrine has changed, as if God couldn't make up his mind - ie., it is an invented religion and the inventors had to retrofit certain things. Anyone however can study the history of it and realize that no such thing has happened. The Lord simply did not reveal everything at once. He restored his true doctrines to the earth a little at a time, with time in between revelations for the people to assimilate them.
Isaiah 28:9-13) ... For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: ... yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...

2Chronicles 36:11-16) Zedekiah ... did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself ... Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
Notes

1. Woody Brison is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but this website is not affiliated with the church. It may be thought of as an additional, somewhat independent witness.

2. I want this page to be as accurate as I can make it. If you have a correction, please email me.

3. All biblical quotations are from the King James unless otherwise noted.

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