The “Book of Abraham” hoax: Iron-clad proof that Joseph Smith and Mormonism are frauds

Recently, I’ve posted some messages about how conservative pundit, Glenn Beck, hasBOA been invited to participate in evangelical-sponsored events. Beck is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. Some evangelicals would argue that Beck shares the same “moral values” as conservative Christians and indeed loves God righteously according to his own belief system. They argue evangelicals would be better off embracing religious Americans like Beck who share the same “moral values” rather than checking the fine print of their denominational membership cards in this age of encroaching secularism.

Really? I say not so fast.

I’m a bit of a history geek and back in the late 70s-early 80s I was curious about the Mormon church, which had it’s beginnings in Palmyra, New York, about 25 miles from where I live. Joseph Smith claimed that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in 1820, which later led to his receiving “golden tablets” and producing the Book of Mormon. Smith founded the Mormon church in Palmyra, which subsequently relocated to Ohio, then to Illinois, and finally to Utah.

The Mormon church has some extremely strange unbiblical theology but I will only touch on a few particulars for this post. Mormons do not preach the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. They teach baptismal regeneration and that God the Father was once a mortal man who advanced to deity by obeying a different god. Mormons believe that by following their church’s requirements, they can achieve deity themselves and rule over their own universes.

Joseph Smith claimed to be God’s prophet and to receive direct revelation. But while studying Mormonism, I discovered some irrefutable proof that Joseph Smith was a deceiver and a false prophet.

After the church had moved to Kirtland, Ohio, a traveling exhibit came to town, which included some ancient Egyptian papyri. Smith got his hands on the papyri and translated them into “The Book of Abraham,” alleged writings from the Old Testament patriarch, which was subsequently canonized as Mormon scripture. In the 1960s, the very same papyri in question were discovered in the archives of a New York City museum. Trained Egyptologists examined the papyri and found they were simple Egyptian funerary rites. Smith’s “translation” was proven to be a complete and total lie, a fabrication.

“When Joseph first gave his translation, hieroglyphics were undecipherable. Today they are. He was safe in saying anything he wanted to, and there would be no way of proving him wrong. But with the resurfacing of the same papyri he used to do his Book of Abraham translation and the fact that he did not in any way do it correctly should be proof enough that Joseph Smith lied about his abilities from God. He has been shown to be a false prophet.” – from “The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith,” Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

Mormon apologists backpedaled by declaring the papyri were simply a “catalyst” for revelation!

Smith was proven to be an absolute, 100% fraud, yet the Mormon church marches on, drawing more poor souls into its false gospel. And now we have the evangelical compromisers on TBN inviting Mormon Beck to help them defend American “values” and the “gospel.”

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1

For more on the “Book of Abraham” and Mormon scam, see here.

9 thoughts on “The “Book of Abraham” hoax: Iron-clad proof that Joseph Smith and Mormonism are frauds

  1. And I live about 25 miles from Kirtland. 🙂 I’m afraid I have little respect for Mormons because the evidence against the validity of Joseph Smith’s claims is so abundant. Why would any serious truth-seeker remain a Mormon? Are you familiar with J. Warner Wallace’s work at His family is Mormon so he’s got a lot on them also.
    Thanks for all the good info!

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. I drove to Columbus from Rochester, NY on a business trip three years ago and passed Kirtland. I was so disappointed I couldn’t stop at the Kirtland temple because three other people were traveling with me. No, I’m not familiar with Wallace’s work but i’m very familiar with the Tanner’s ministry – Utah Lighthouse.


    1. That’s funny, Wally, because every time I read your blog I think of Joseph Smith and Hill Cumorah 25 miles down the road. I’m thinking a few people tuned into your blog assuming they were going to get the LDS message! 🙂

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      1. I actually have had a few LDS followers over the course of a couple of years. I wonder if that’ how they found it!

        Years ago, I live in Vernal, Utah. It’s not a large place, but very central to Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado and they built a Temple there some years after we left there. The work I am part of now actually had a Missionary Baptist mission there, which ultimately failed. Needless to say, both sides were engaged in a spirited struggle to win the soul of this Godless non believer. What I remember most was how the Baptists all pretty much acting like jerks, and the LDS believers were very kind. Well, even they became pretty cold after I made it clear that believing in any god was not part of my life plan.

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      2. I’m glad you chose Christ over man-made religion! There’s no doubt that Mormons, especially their missionaries, are very well-trained in reaching out to non-Mormons. They’ve got it DOWN. One of these days I’ll have to post a very amusing story of an encounter my son and I had with a Mormon missionary couple.

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      3. I would love to hear that story. Share it, and I might share my encounter with a pair of witnessing Jehovah’s Witnesses too.

        On a serious note; this has something to do with why sometimes I stick with the haters and doubters longer than some say is prudent. I just remember people giving up on me when I acted like a jerk, and I don’t want to be the one giving up on people just because they are jerks. God loves them, too.

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