In the 34th chapter of Isaiah, we are informed that when the indignation of the Lord falls upon the nations, it is referred to as the day of the Lord’s vengeance.
It is also described as the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
I believe we are quickly approaching the great controversy that Isaiah speaks about.
Many people that have studied prophecy realize that virtually all prophecies have multiple fulfillments. One is a literal fulfillment while others are shadow fulfillments that are typological to the literal fulfillment.
I agree with this observation that was made on a prophecy website-
“The Hebrew idea of prophecy is a pattern that is repeated, multiple fulfillments with one ultimate fulfillment. Each of the multiple fulfillments is both a type of, and a lesson on, the ultimate fulfillment”
People who reject section 110 because they think the Elijah comes in the future need to understand that he did come and fulfill the prophecy in Malachi, AND, the prophecy will be fulfilled again, a second time in the end times.
More on that during this series. I plan on detailing what the true doctrine of Elijah really is and how it demonstrates just how true section 110 is. I guarantee it will raise a few eyebrows.
Getting back to the Controversy in Zion-
I believe there was a great controversy in Zion at the time of the succession crisis in Nauvoo when there was great debate and confusion over who the rightful successor to the prophet Joseph Smith was. I believe that controversy was very possibly a type of the controversy spoken of by Isaiah, only on a much smaller, narrower scale.
I am also open to the possibility that the great LDS google apostasy that has been spoken of in the media lately is bringing about another preliminary controversy, one that could very possibly be a sign of the impending return of God’s properly ordained and anointed servants back into the vineyard to bring about the redemption of Zion during the work of the Father.
Perhaps one of the most significant contributors to the Google apostasy is Denver Snuffer because of his controversial book, Passing the Heavenly Gift.
In the book, he does a remarkable job of accumulating and cataloguing much of the disruptive historical and doctrinal data that has been mined by numerous other authors and researchers over the last several decades. Because of the Internet, much of this information has been posted or paraphrased on the Internet for all to see, causing a crisis of faith for many Latter day Saints.
Much of what is in the book is accurate and valuable. Nevertheless, I have found numerous things that I feel are problematic.
The Redemption of Zion has been Predetermined
The book and the associated lectures being given, seem to promote the belief that the redemption of Zion will not literally take place the way that the Lord has promised it will, in the parable of the redemption of Zion found in sections 101 and 103.
We have the unconditional promises from the Lord God of Israel that the voice of warning that will begin the Marvelous Work will be given by the Lords disciples that published the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants.
When these servants return, they will go forth in the unstoppable power of the fulness of the priesthood.
The premise given in PTHG does not appear to support the unconditional promises in modern revelation, that assure us that Zion will be re-stablished on earth under the direction of first laborers of the last kingdom who have been properly ordained and anointed to do so. We have been promised that they will go forth for the last time to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come.
Rather, the book, and statements made by the author during his first lecture on Zion in Boise, seem to imply that inspired mortals will need to finish what Joseph started. Needless to say, I disagree with that premise. More importantly, I believe the scriptures disagree with it.
Joseph and his associates will finish the work that Joseph started under the divine guidance and power of the Lord God of Israel !
A Spike in Traffic
After I announced that I was going to provide a rebuttal on Passing the Heavenly Gift, the author of the book boldly put a link on his blog to my blog informing his followers that I would be doing a critique.
It appears that he is confident about what he has written and wants his readers to evaluate my critique .
This is consistent with a comment he once made wherein he encourages all of us to speak up and correct someone that is teaching false teachings.
It is reassuring to know that the author believes that we should all be vigilant in correcting each other when a false doctrine is presented, and is therefore supportive of my attempt to do so. He believes that we each have an obligation to speak up when we see something false that is being propagated.
“If there is an error in doctrine or practice, everyone has an obligation to speak up, from the least to the greatest. (D&C 20: 42, 46-47, 50-51, 59, among other places.)… Therefore, if someone should say something that is untrue or in error, then correct their doctrine, show the error“
The link that he posted to my blog resulted in an obscene amount of traffic to my site as depicted below by my wordpress analytics graph.
Within the first five days his site had sent 1734 unique visitors.
During that period of time, my site experienced over 7,200 views.
I point this out for two reasons.
One is that if people judge my rebuttal and any responses that the author might offer, based on who their favorite writer is, making the event a popularity contest, I will clearly be the looser! LOL
As you can see, my site normally only gets one or two hundred views per day.
That is pretty pathetic for a blog that has been around as long as mine has been around.
In my opinion, very few people can handle the bold truth that is contained in the scriptures that are highlighted on this blog.
I don’t sugar coat anything and I am not here to tickle anyone’s ears.
I don’t tell people that even though the church has been condemned, cursed and rejected with their dead, there is nothing to worry about because anyone can simply open the heavens and enjoy open communion with the Savior and legitimately expect to receive the second comforter even though the person is not living the fulness of the Gospel.
If you are here for a warm and fuzzy feeling, you are at the wrong site.
When you get done reading some of the articles on this site you may well be curled up in the fetal position whimpering like a little girl.
Nevertheless, if you persevere, you will find much reason to be hopeful because God, in his infinite wisdom, justice, and mercy, has provided a remedy for the awful situation we are in.
Are you ready for what is about to happen?
Interestingly, even now that the traffic has slowed way down to a trickle from his site to mine, I am still getting two to three times the volume I normally get in page views.
This is a good sign. It indicates to me that some of his followers are not mesmerized by the messenger but rather they want to discern the message.
They are open to hearing other points of view and want to make sure they test the doctrines in PTHG against the scriptures and the promptings of the Holy Ghost. They want to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.
I appreciate the authors confidence and generosity in publicizing my intention to provide a rebuttal.
I hope he will provide another link on his blog when my final work of rebuttal is published.
The Possibility of a Huge Movement
The other point I want to make, with reference to the large amount of views that his blog generated for my blog, is that the following of loyal readers that the author has amassed, is formidable.
Clearly the number of his followers that actually follow his blog and clicked on the link represents only a small fraction of the readers of his book and the believers of the doctrines that he teaches.
If the approximately 2,000 people that he has sent to my site represents 10 percent of his following, that is 20,000 people!
I don’t know if 10% would represent a modest or liberal guestimation of his total readership, however, one can appreciate why the brethren labored with him so long, trying to do damage control.
There is a lot at stake here.
Consider the fact that the average person has a sphere of influence of about 98 friends, relatives and work associates that they associate relatively closely with. 20,000 times 98 is a significant influence that has the potential to grow exponentially.
You can see what a tremendous impact the author can have through his passionate followers that are sharing their beliefs with other friends and relatives.
This is why I feel I need to speak up and challenge some of the things in the book that I know to be erroneous.
Listing of Rebuttal Points
I have decided to post most of the rebuttal points that I will be addressing before I even address them.
I suppose that from a debate strategy point of view, what I am doing is foolish, but this is not about winning a debate. This is about exposing the truth and getting people engaged. I want the doctrinal teachings that I espouse to be just as challenged as the ones that I am challenging in the PTHG.
I want a lively discussion and debate. I am openly challenging the author of PTHG and/or any of his followers to test what I am saying if sound doctrinal arguments against them can be brought forth.
Let the discussion begin and the truth prevail.
Salvation is at stake. We need to avoid being deceived.
The scriptures inform us that there are only two ways to avoid being deceived.
One is to treasure of the word of God in the scriptures.
The other is to take the Holy Ghost as our guide.
Most of the doctrinal rebuttal points that I will be addressing in future posts are listed at the end of this post to enable people to know what the main issues will be and to allow the author and his supporters to begin preparations for a response to each rebuttal point, should anyone choose to tender any.
I will be posting each rebuttal point in a separate blog post to enable everyone who is interested to comment and produce any evidence they desire to support and challenge my rebuttal.
I will not be allowing responses to the rebuttal points below, on this blog, until I have had the chance to complete the associated post on it, demonstrating what was taught in PTHG along with my corresponding evidence that disputes it.
Before I begin posting on each of the rebuttal points, I will present a post titled “priesthood Primer” that will help readers to better understand my first five rebuttals having to do with priesthood issues.
Following that post, I will begin addressing each of the individual rebuttals independently.
I am also going to produce a PDF that contains ALL of the rebuttal points and supporting evidence in one document. It will be posted on the Internet. The advantage of the PDF is two fold. First it provides one comprehensive article that contains all of the rebuttal topics and associated evidence. Secondly, it enables me to provide footnotes containing greater context and clarification.
The online PDF will be a work in process that will be updated as more documentation is added from any comments that are made on each post. I will show the current “version” under the heading so that people will know if there have been updates.
If I am ever convinced that one of my rebuttal points is without merit, and has been adequately debunked by the author or anyone else, I will humbly apologize, eat a little crow, remove it from the PDF, and crawl under a rock and hide for a few days to hide my profuse shame and embarrassment for having made a doctrinal mistake and demonstrating that I am human and fallible. LOL
Conversely, if commenters bring up valid and compelling points of rebuttal that I missed, I will add them to the debate as well, and to the PDF.
By the time the blog series is finished, the PDF will be hopefully be finished as well.
Naturally, it is not just the doctrines contained in PTHG that are on trial here.
Many of the doctrines contained in PTHG are just rehashed and in some cases, re-spun doctrines that have been or are currently taught in the corporate church.
Hence, many doctrines taught by the corporate church are also being challenged in these rebuttals.
The listing of some of the upcoming rebuttal points are listed below-
Is an honest Rebuttal Possible?
Weighing the Doctrines Postulated in Passing the Heavenly Gift
Rebuttal Point #1: Joseph Smith was Instrumental in Restoring Three Priesthoods not just Two
Rebuttal Point #2: Peter James and John did NOT restore the Melchizedek Priesthood in 1829, the Lord restored the Melchizedek Priesthood in 1831
Rebuttal Point #3: The Patriarchal Priesthood is NOT the “third order of the Priesthood”
Rebuttal Point #4: The First High Priests were ordained in June of 1831 NOT June of 1832
Rebuttal Point #5: Priesthood IS necessary to officiate in the Ordinances of Salvation
Rebuttal Point #6 The Twelve do NOT have Equal Authority with the First Presidency in Governing the Church
Rebuttal Point #7 Hyrum was NOT just next in line at the time of the martyrdom, He WAS the Sole Prophet
Rebuttal Point #8 It WAS clearly documented who the Lord had Previously Conferred the Keys On at the time of the Martyrdom
Rebuttal Point #9 It WAS Rigdon’s Right to Claim Leadership in Joseph’s Absence
Rebuttal Point #10 Section 132 could NOT have been received as early as 1829
Rebuttal Point #11 The Book of Mormon does NOT necessarily reaffirm that the rejected Gentile Church will remain part of God’s Plan leading up to the New Jerusalem
Rebuttal Point #12 The Doctrine and Covenants DOES clearly Detail When and Why the Fulness was Lost
Rebuttal Point #13 The First 33 verses of section 132 ARE about Polygamy
Rebuttal Point #14 The Book of Abraham was NOT translated in 1842
Rebuttal Point #15 Joseph Did NOT Receive a Revelation about Blacks and the Priesthood after ordaining Elijah Able
Rebuttal Point #16 The Masonic Temple endowment is NOT part of the pure and simple Gospel of Jesus Christ
Rebuttal Point #17 After the Gentile Rejection, the Remnant of the Book of Mormon was NOT given the Fulness
Rebuttal Point #18 The Fulness of the Gospel is NOT available when God Rejects the Church with its Dead
Rebuttal Point #19 The Church HAS Changed the Ordinances of the Gospel
Rebuttal Point #20 Rigdon is NOT the Reason the Restored Church had an objective of restoring the pattern of the New Testament Church
Rebuttal Point #21 The Gospel Law of Marriage in Section 132 Categorically Contradicts the Gospel Law of Marriage in section 42. Reject the Law of the Gospel contained in section 42 at your Peril!
Rebuttal Point #22 Zion can only be established by Those Who Have Been Appointed
Rebuttal Point #23 What Constitutes a Testimony?
Rebuttal Point #24 Elijah Did come AND Will Come
Rebuttal Point #25 Section 110 IS a true Event that Literally Took Place as Described. The Evidence is beyond Overwhelming.