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Response to claims in "Testing the Book of Mormon by Moroni 10:4"

A FairMormon Analysis of: Watchman Fellowship, a work by author: Tim Oliver
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Response to claim: Moroni 10:4 directs one to ascertain truth and gain knowledge by a method and a standard nowhere recommended in the Bible

The author(s) of Watchman Fellowship make(s) the following claim:

Moroni 10:4 directs one to ascertain truth and gain knowledge by a method and a standard nowhere recommended in the Bible. To the contrary, the Bible teaches that the standard by which the truth of anything is to be known is the scriptures.

(Author's sources: Luke 24:27; Acts 17:11; Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3)

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim contains mistakes and/or errors - The author has stated erroneous or incorrect information or misinterpreted their sources

The author accuses the Book of Mormon of employing circular reasoning, yet uses the same argument to support the Bible!



  • The author claims that the the truth of anything is to be known by using the standard of the scriptures: the Bible.
  • The author claims that the Book of Mormon (Latter-day Saint scripture) cannot be proven by any test of its own devising.

The Bible does tell us how to gain knowledge, and it is a scripture that Joseph Smith himself noted:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:5-6)

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Response to claim: Moroni 10:4 is not so much of a promise as it is a manipulative device

The author(s) of Watchman Fellowship make(s) the following claim:

“Moroni 10:4 is not so much of a promise as it is a manipulative device” because if one allows that the verse may be true, then the only possible explanation for failing to obtain the result promised means that “one must lack a sincere heart, and/or real intent, and/or faith in Christ.”

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim contains propaganda and/or spin - The author, or the author's source, is providing information or ideas in a slanted way in order to instill a particular attitude or response in the reader

We once again refer to the Bible for a response to this assertion. This time we emphasize the important part:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:5-6) (emphasis added)

Response to claim: There being no Biblical warrant for proceeding as Moroni 10:4 directs, one cannot do so without invalidating the sincerity upon which the answer depends

The author(s) of Watchman Fellowship make(s) the following claim:

There being no Biblical warrant for proceeding as Moroni 10:4 directs, one cannot do so without invalidating the sincerity upon which the answer depends.

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim is a falsehood - The author has disseminated false information

There is a Biblical warrant for proceeding as Moroni 10:4 directs. One more time:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:5-6) (emphasis added)

Response to claim: Because the Book of Mormon cannot be proven by any test of its own devising (it must be tested by the Bible), Moroni 10:4 itself, weighed in the balance and found wanting, is sufficient evidence to prove the Book of Mormon false

The author(s) of Watchman Fellowship make(s) the following claim:

Because the Book of Mormon cannot be proven by any test of its own devising (it must be tested by the Bible), Moroni 10:4 itself, weighed in the balance and found wanting, is sufficient evidence to prove the Book of Mormon false.

(Author's sources: *)

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim contains propaganda and/or spin - The author, or the author's source, is providing information or ideas in a slanted way in order to instill a particular attitude or response in the reader

This is simply bizarre reasoning. The Bible tells us to ask God to learn truth. By this argument, God can never communicate the truth of the Bible, but could confirm the Book of Mormon, since this "test" is from the Bible. This is one of many double standards used by the critics. Why are they so desperate that their readers not pray and ask God? Why must the reader trust them, and not God?


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