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Prophets Outside the Church

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Mr. Hale made the scurrulous statement "Where would one go outside of the Church for revelation from God?"  Mosiah was never baptized by Alma the Elder, he was the Lord's anointed, and as such, prophet, seer and revelator outside of the Church, had the Urim and Thumim, and superior to Alma who was the President of the Church to whom Alma went for instruction (see Mosiah 27:1).  Jesus and the Apostles were also outside the Jewish Church and considered rebels and worse by the Church heirarchy of his day.  Duane Crowther wrote this:  ''An assumption frequently made is that the authors of the prophetic books of the Old Testament were the constituted authorities of the Church in their eras. This, however, was not always the case. Some of them were even considered rebels by the religious leaders of Israel in their days. Jeremiah was one such prophet who stood outside of the Church. The established Church, through its Priests, even attempted to put Jeremiah to death. Micah, Amos, Hosea, and Zephaniah were also prophets who were critical of corruption within the Church. "These Old Testament prophets did not speak as representing the Church, but as representing the Lord. Though the prophets may have held the higher Priesthood authority, there is no Biblical indication that the general Church membership of that time was aware of it." Thus Saith the Lord; Duane S. Crowther, p. 148. Joseph was outside the Church in Nauvoo when he and Brigham Young began sealing plural marriages, yea, what does Mr. Hale mean?  Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, saith the Lord. 23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. (1 Samuel 15:23)

 

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