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The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
All Who Professed Belief in them Were Corrupt
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: According to the 1842 account, Smith saw God the Father and God the Son. The Lord (here meaning Jesus) told him that all churches were wrong and all who professed belief in them were corrupt.4
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55% of the way down the page

At right is the text dictated by Joseph Smith, that Bennett is trying to summarize. Does anyone see anything there that says "all who professed belief in [those churches] were corrupt" ???

The professors referred to, seem to be the ministers Joseph Smith had listened to and conversed with, whose doctrines were contradictory, and who subsequently proved what the Lord said about them: when Joseph told one of them about his vision, the minister not only reviled it, he fomented his congregation to persecute and shun Joseph, and it spread to all the churches in the area, urged by all the ministers. They were uncharitable, mean-hearted men, not good pastors.
Bennett's footnote 4 is "Joseph Smith - History 1:19 (part of the volume Pearl of Great Price)." Here is the text referred to:
I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof."

Had they been good pastors, well versed in the Bible, and living its principles, they very likely would have recognized Joseph Smith's vision for what it was - a holy manifestation of astounding importance, heralding world-changing events. They might well have gone to the Lord in prayer, as the Bible teaches, and received assurance that it was indeed the Father and the Son who had appeared to Joseph.

If they didn't do this, they still should have treated Joseph better; if they supposed him deluded, they should have kindly tried to help him and rescue him from his delusions. To preach damnation and urge persecution was to confirm exactly what the Lord said about them: they were all corrupt. They were only concerned about their collection plate, their salaries, and looking brilliant in front of a full church.

Certainly there were at that time in the world, and still are, many pastors who were kind, humble, generous, godly, prayerful, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the gospel - not to money, power, and/or fame. Some of them even joined the restored church.

Certainly the believers in the churches, then and today, are good, honest, industrious people who are not corrupt but will help a person in need, who will work hard for what they believe and many of them are in fact quite idealistic; would not take a bribe or fixate on worldly honors and money at all.

Bennett's statement that Joseph said that Jesus said that all who professed belief in those churches were corrupt, looks like it was designed to insult and offend everyone in the world who belongs to a church, make them think that Joseph Smith has insulted them, prejudice their minds against him. He said NO SUCH THING.
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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