Modern Day Revelation
Many believe that today, there is no modern-day revelation, or that we simply don’t need it. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that we have a modern prophet living today to lead and to guide us.
One can construct a solid argument by beginning with 1 Corinthians 12:20-21, 27-30 to establish the fact that offices of the Church are still needed today. Then, with Hebrews 13:8, you can show that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and correlate that to the fact that offices are still required today. Then, use Ephesians 4:11-14. Show in verse 11 the different offices that are pointed out. Why these offices are needed are shown in verse 12. And what is the main purpose of these offices? Verse 13 points out, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith.” We are obviously not yet unified, because there are so many different Churches in the world. We need these offices to protect the Church from false doctrines. Verse 14 shows that the true doctrine of Christ will not be tossed around “to and fro.”
Some may try to use the scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:8 to show that “there be prophecies, they shall fail”, but this is read out of context. In this chapter, Paul is comparing the partiality of Spiritual Gifts to Charity.
Time and time again, I have heard people use Revelations 22:18-19 to say, “You can’t have the Book of Mormon. The Bible explicitly says that ‘if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.’” These scriptures are only referring to the book of Revelations itself, proven by Revelations 1:3 and Revelations 22:19.
Moses himself, in Deuteronomy 4:2 and Deuteronomy 12:32, gave similar warnings to that of Revelations. If we were to believe those words literally, everything after these scriptures would be considered false. Including the entire New Testament, which contains the largest written history of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also must remember that the Bible we have today has not always been in book form. The word “Bible” in itself is of Greek origin, being derived from ta biblia, meaning “the books.” After time, “biblia,” a neuter plural, was created as a feminine singular, and in that way “the books” became known as “the book.” By the word “Bible,” we must understand not a single book, but multiple books compiled into one. Many Bibles contain a list of dates of when specific books were written. With this list, you can find the five books written by John. We can see that Revelations was actually written first! This would prove the point that John himself didn’t even heed his own counsel! And to further this point, look at the last book that John really did write. In John 21:25, it says, “…there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” John leaves the door open for additional revelation.
Organization of the true Church of Jesus Christ
Apostles: Luke 6:12-16; Mark 3:14-15
Prophets: Acts 13:1; Ephesians 4:11
Seventies: Luke 10:1-2
Elders: Acts 14:23; Titus 1:4-5; 1 Peter 5:1
Teachers: 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 13:1
Priests: Hebrews 10:11
These offices were put forth by Christ himself. The lack of these offices in any organization proves their falseness. I know of no other religion that has all of these offices.