Problems with Mormonism

Wine into Water.

The Mormon Miracle

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The Old Replaced.

The Lord's very first miracle recorded in the New Testament was changing water into wine, this happened at a wedding feast to which the Lord was invited (He was not the groom, John 2:2).

This miracle was of much more significance than seems to be the case at first glance. The Lord could have had all the empty wine containers simply 'fill-up' again, but instead He chose to use vessels which were associated with the old system - pots which held water for ritual cleansing - and he used them to introduce "the new wine".

Those pots would never have held anything other than water for use in the Jewish rituals, they would have been considered as being defiled otherwise. Here, the Lord fills them with the old substance but then changes it to something brand new, He changed the water into wine.

A few years later, during the last supper, He would instruct His disciples to drink wine in remembrance of His shed blood - until His return.

With His first miracle the Lord linked wine to His own Blood. Those pots held water for ritual clensing under the old system, the Law. But Christ was the fulfillment of that old system: in only a few years from the time of that wedding Christ's Blood would be the only substance which could bring - not just ritual, but real clensing.

With His very first miracle Christ was pointing the way toward something which He knew would happen in a few years.

The New Rejected.

Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, claimed to have received numerous "revelations" from God. Some of these are recorded in Doctrine and Covenants a book of Mormon scripture. One of those "revelations" is recorded as Section 20. Verse 75 of that section reads as follows:

It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus;

The verses which follow indicate how the bread and wine should be administered and the rigid prayers which accompany the sacrament. Verse 76 says an elder or priest shall administer it - not deacons! (see verse 46 which lists the duties of the priest who shall administer the sacrament).

Verse 77 is the prayer said regarding the bread; verses 78 and 79 regarding the wine, part of verse 79 reads:

"that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; ...."

This revelation, which deals with church organization and government, is claimed to have been received by Smith in April 1830. It covers a range of subjects. But from verse 75 to verse 79 it deals with the sacrament of the Lord's Supper and we see that wine is to be used " remembrance of the blood..."

Notice the date this revelation was given, April 1830, at the very beginning of the restored church - if you believe Mormonism.

Just as the Lord, all those years before, instructed his first disciples to use wine in remembrance of His Blood, So He does again with His restored church. Clearly it is very important to the Lord.

4 Months later... (August 1830)

Section 27.

The Lord used His first miracle to indicate the importance of wine. Then, on the same night He was betrayed, instructed His disciples to use wine to represent His blood, then approximately 1800 years later gave Joseph Smith a revelation to use wine - and even the prayer to accompany it, yet four months later the Lord changed His mind?

"It doesn't matter what you use in the sacrament, as long as you think of me when you are doing it. If you want to use wine though, it must be home made."

That, of course, is not the wording used in the 'revelation', but that's what it means (see Section 27 verses 2 - 4).

The Mormon church today uses water to represent the blood of Christ, they have reversed Christ's first miracle and returned to the old system - the Law - which the Lord Jesus fulfilled and brought to an end.

Then (v. 5) the Lord tells Joseph Smith that when He returns to earth he will drink wine with Joseph and other prophets of old. The Lord goes on to list the prophets who are invited. Other than Joseph Smith (who, of course, is mentioned first) the Lord claims He will drink wine with the following:

Sounds like the Lord is going to throw a real party.

But! How could the one who describes Himself in verse 1 of this revelation as:

"Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God, and your redeemer..."
make the mistake of inviting Elijah twice?

Are we expected to believe that Jesus does not know that Elias (verse 6) is merely the Greek form of Elijah (verse 9)? That when the Bible uses the names Elias / Elijah it is speaking of only one person? (Compare Luke 4:25, 26 with 1 Kings 17:9 etc.)

Jim Cowen
Good Tidings Ministry.