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Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants

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Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 1
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Doctrine and Covenants is one of four books that are official LDS books of scripture or “Standard Works.” The Explanatory Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants says it is “unique because it is not a translation of an ancient document but is of modern origin and was given of God through His chosen prophets for the restoration of His holy work and the establishment of the kingdom of God on the earth in these days….”

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 2
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, claimed that the God of the Bible gave him the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, but many of them have been changed. Did God change His mind and amend His revelations?

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 3
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith, declared, “From sundry revelations which had been received (by him), it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled.” That is a serious charge but Smith and other LDS leaders use it to try to prove there is a need for the new LDS “scriptures.” They also claim that the Bible has been corrupted by errors in translation and by deliberate changes made by careless, unscrupulous scribes who also deleted or lost at least 20 books from it.

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 4
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Wilford Woodruff, the 4th LDS Prophet said, “We have the book of Doctrine and Covenants, our testament, which contains the most glorious, godlike, solemn and eternal truths ever recorded within the lids of a book on earth. All these records are the words of God to man; and though the heavens and earth pass away not one jot or tittle will ever fall unfulfilled.” So why have there been so many changes?

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 5
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s founder, claimed the revelations published in the 1833 Book of Commandments were revealed to him by God. If that is true, why were many of them changed when they were reprinted in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants? Why would the omniscient, all knowing God need to change what He revealed only two years earlier?

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 6
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons say they believe God is omniscient, meaning God “knows all things,” as the Bible also teaches in 1 John 3:20. But if God knows all things, why did Joseph Smith revise many of the “revelations from God”?

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 7
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The ninth LDS Article of Faith says, “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” That sounds good, but when the original “revelations” that Joseph Smith said God revealed to him are compared with later publications of them it is easy to see that some have been changed!

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 8
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Although the “revelation” now known as Doctrine & Covenants Section 13, which explains the ordination to the Aaronic Priesthood, was “revealed” to Joseph Smith on May 15, 1829, it didn’t become LDS scripture until 47 years after Smith received it!

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 9
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Some “revelations” in LDS scripture are repeated verbatim as “new scripture.” For example, in the 1833 LDS Book of Commandments, the first two verses of chapters 11 and 12 are exactly the same, but the remaining verses are different.

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 10
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Doctrine and Covenants Section 20 was originally chapter 24 in the Book of Commandments. The heading in the original simply says, “The Articles and Covenants of the church of Christ, given in Fayette, New York, June 1830.” But in the 1981 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants it says, “Revelation on Church Organization and government, given through Joseph Smith, the Prophet, April 1830.”

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 11
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Bible defines scripture in 2 Timothy 3:16 as “inspired” or “God breathed” and “profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.” Isaiah 40:8 also says, “The word of our God shall stand forever.” In other words, when God speaks, He doesn’t change what He revealed.

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 12
By: Marvin W. Cowan

If the Lord really revealed the message the information in the Book of Commandments the way it was originally recorded in 1833, did He make a mistake and correct it two years later or did Joseph Smith record it wrong and correct it? Either option raises serious questions about the reliability of this LDS scripture.

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 13
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormon leaders claim the Bible has been corrupted and mistranslated so that it is not as reliable as their latter-day revelations. The oldest Bible manuscripts are about 2500 years old but they haven’t had changes like Joseph Smith’s revelations had in the two years between 1833 and 1835!

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 14
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The “revelation” which is now Doctrine and Covenants Section 27 has more changes in it than any other “revelation” originally printed in the 1833 Book of Commandments.

Changes in the Doctrine and Covenants – Part 15
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Our last article discussed some of the problems in Section 27 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which was originally Chapter 28 in the Book of Commandments. We will now show the changes made between the 1833 Book of Commandments and the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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