The Sixth Article of Faith:
We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely; apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
The Mormon Church believes in a modern day prophets and they also have 12 apostles just as Jesus did. They will tell you that their pastor is their bishop, they have teachers and their evangelists are the Missionaries (which the Mormon Church is well known for.) I think to understand this article of faith better, you need to read the Seventh Article of faith…
The Seventh Article of Faith:
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
This is main principle the Mormon members base the foundation of their religion upon. Joseph Smith has clamed to have had many visions revelations and even spirit visitors when he was putting the Mormon Church together. Even today they believe everything that he said to be the word of God, even if it is easy to prove that he was not correct. Lets me just bring up the Dead Sea scrolls. Need I say more?
The Eight Article of Faith:
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
Yes, the Mormon People state they believe in the Bible, however they do not believe that it is correct. When obvious discrepancies between their doctrine and the Bible are brought up they simply claim the Bible was not translated correctly. They believe and teach that the King James Version of the Bible is the most correct, but that even the King James Version has not been preserved and has been changed. Joseph Smith set out to “purify” if of the “man made errors” and began rewriting the bible in 1830. Today the Mormons use the King James Bible, but if you look at the Mormon's King James Bible you will also see that it includes footnotes showing the “corrections” that Joseph Smith made. They believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
The Ninth Article of Faith:
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.
Most Christian faiths today believe that Jesus came and brought the fullness of the Gospel. Today we know that there have been many people that have changed or added to the word of God for their personal gain; I think Paul said it best in (KJV) Galatians 1: 6-8
“I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we or an Angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
So I guess what I’m saying is that you can either believe that Jesus brought the Full gospel with him or you can believe that there is a need for a modern prophets.
A post with the last four Articles of Faith to follow shortly.