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

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post about Mormonism that was originally published back on August 29, 2016 and has been revised. The next two Throwbacks will be about Mormonism as well.


In the past, I’ve posted some messages about how politically-conservative pundit, Glenn Beck, has 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 misguided evangelicals argue that Beck shares the same “moral values” as conservative Christians and “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-1970s and early-80s I was curious about the Mormon church, which had its 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 near Palmyra, and it subsequently relocated to Ohio, then to Missouri, 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 alone, through faith alone, 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 universe.

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 1967, the very same papyri in question were discovered in the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Trained Egyptologists examined the hieroglyphics and found they were Egyptian pagan 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 (a link to the complete article is at the bottom)

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

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 Glenn 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.

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

    1. Thanks, David! Every small-town judge would convict Joseph Smith of fraud and misrepresentation over this “Book of Abraham” hoax, yet the LDS church has 17 million credulous members.

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  1. My son married in a Mormon church. I didn’t go to the wedding. We had come out of Roman Catholicism and were very evangelistic and vocal about it from the very beginning. Both of our families observed us closely. They would either think we approved of Mormonism or that we were hypocrites if went to the wedding. My son sent out the usual wedding invitation with us as parents of the groom inviting people to “The Church of Jesus Christ if Latter-day Saints”. It was at that point we decided not to attend. It was a heart wrenching decision and no Christian that we knew supported us. Well one day I was reading something written by James White and I don’t usually read his material. He said… the Roman Catholic Mass is Blasphemy. It is in opposition to the finished work of Christ. Don’t ever go anywhere, even a wedding, that puts you in a position where you have to be silent, and you can’t refute falsehood. You will be denying truth, capitulating. Those words were a great comfort to me because Mormonism is no better than Roman Catholicism. Today my son is going through an awful divorce. I thank the Lord that my son and I are still in close communication and he tells me that our conversations comfort him in his darkest hour. I thank the Lord for his mercy on all of us.

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    1. Cathy, I’m sorry to hear about your son’s travails and I get what you wrote about not attending non-Christian religious ceremonies involving family. I attended such events during my prodigal “season” and regretted it.


      1. It can get difficult with “life events” with unbelieving family and friends. I could not sit through a Catholic mass again, but then there’s things like a graveside “service” for a deceased family member. I would not allow the presence of a priest or faux minister to keep me from showing support to a grieving family member. Yes, it’s difficult. One of my sisters became perpetually icy towards me after we declined to attend a first communion party for her 8YO daughter/my niece.

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  2. Good post! Wow crazy you live 25 miles away where it all begin with LDS. I remember reading a book long ago about who really wrote the book of Mormon it was endorsed by Walter Martin and it really was a problem with the book of Abraham fraud…
    Mormons need Jesus today!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, this “Book of Abraham” fraud is irrefutable proof that Joseph Smith was a con artist. Sad to see TBN embrace Glenn Beck, but error is par for the course for TBN.

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