This past June we spent several days in Salt Lake City, Utah, the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aka Mormons. Their temple is a world-class destination for tourists.
The temple grounds are hosted only by attractive young women from around the world on a volunteer basis.
Our tour guides from Mexico and the Polynesian Islands explained, “We believe that God still speaks to us today through prophets. Our church is led by modern-day prophets and Joseph Smith was the greatest of these modern-day prophets.”
I expected to hear all that, but then our guide asked, “How do you know if someone is a prophet? You pray and ask the Holy Ghost to reveal the truth to you.”
I couldn’t help but ask: “If I believe that this woman next to me is the prophet of God, I pray about it, and the Holy Ghost tells me she is the greatest prophet, does that make her the greatest prophet? What about Muslims who pray and are convinced that Mohammed is the greatest prophet?”
The missionary kept smiling and answered, “You’re a Christian, aren’t you? I can’t answer you’re question.”
Here is a deadly flaw in Mormonism – and in the modern charismatic movement: truth is not fixed, it is fluid and changes from individual to individual, experience by experience.
True Christianity has always held the Bible to be the source and authority for spiritual truth – not personal feelings, revelations through prayer, angels, visions, or experiences.
The Apostle Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus’ majesty and even heard this voice which came from Heaven when we were with Jesus on the holy mountain (2 Peter 1:16, 17, 18). But personal experience wasn’t Peter’s foundation for faith. We have the more sure prophetic word which you do well to heed … knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation (2 Peter 1:19, 20).
Truth isn’t discovered through prayer or personal experience, but through the Bible. Even for Peter, truth came from the Scriptures!
The Bible insists that Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6) and that the Bible is truth (John 17:17). No need to pray about it, seek the word of a modern-day prophet, or search out a new experience. People of all religions pray, and every single one of them will tell you his god answers him. Personal experience doesn’t mean something is true … it just means that people can be easily deceived by their own intellect, emotion, and experience.