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The Revelations of Jesus Christ; Section 2

21  And when I the Lord God did speak unto my servant Joseph Smith, that it should be that no one should be appointed to re­ceive Revelations and Com­mandments excepting my servant Joseph, I the Lord God did pro­vide that he should abide in me, and that as long as he should abide in me, saith the Lord, then it was that he should be the one empowered to speak in my name, as moved upon by the Holy Ghost. 22  And my servant Joseph, saith the Lord, did abide in me, even unto the end. 23  And how much greater, saith the Lord, is my servant Joseph in mine eyes than those whom ye sustain to be your presidencies? 25  And if it should be that the Presidencies of my church, saith the Lord, should fall into trans­gression, then they also, shall not have power to speak in my name, for the welfare and benefit of my Saints, or the members which comprise my Church, saith the Lord.

What is an appropriate response to Critics of Prophecy?
 
"Does the critic have a legitimate and unbiased reason for criticism?" should be the test his criticism should pass. 
 
"Other reasons also may be added to explain why individuals engage in religious criticism. Some may criticize because their stated personal views are endangered; they may, perhaps, be publicly committed to a certain doctrinal position and feel that outspoken criticism against new evidence is the way to "save face." Some may criticize because of a personal animosity for, or distrust of, the teachings of others. Others may challenge religious teachings because they regard them as contrary to the precepts of their particular faith and they are seeking to "shelter their flocks.'" Duane Crowther; Thus Saith the Lord, p.218.

 

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