VioletFire wrote: ↑
23 Apr 2018, 13:40
Roy do you think it's possible for JS to have been wrong about polygamy and still be a prophet?
I suppose it depends on how you define prophet. The traditional Mormon definition is one who carries messages and makes announcements for God. I find it difficult to imagine that God would sit down with JS or transmit instructions to JS and would somehow neglect to add a quick blurb about "only have one wife at a time". Therefore, according to that definition if JS was wrong about such an explosive and potentially devastating an issue as polygamy, it may be easy to conclude that JS was not a prophet.
Curt makes a great point that with such a narrow view of what a prophet perhaps nobody in history would ever qualify.
However, Perhaps JS was more of a theological explorer, boldly going (Christopher Columbus style) into the uncharted theological wilderness. Perhaps, Like Christopher Columbus, JS felt a calling and a burning conviction that he was being led on his journey by God. Perhaps God (with perfect foreknowledge) could use such a man as a tool to do a job without necessarily endorsing all that man's actions, statements, and theological blunders.
If we can apply this much more messy, complex, and human definition of "prophet" to JS, then yes - Joseph could be wrong about polygamy and still be a prophet.
I find this second definition of prophet to be much more defensible ... although it is pretty much anathema at church.
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