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IS THE BIBLE ALL OF THE WORD OF GOD?

THE BIBLE WAS GIVEN BY CONTINUOUS REVELATION: That is to say, The Old and New Testaments were not handed down nor revealed in one piece nor at one time, but were many individual revelations given over a period of at least 1,500 years.  Revelation was given then, ”line upon line, precept upon precept” even according to the scriptures.

THERE IS NO INDICATION IN THE BIBLE THAT REVELATION HAD CEASED: The oft-quoted passage of Revelation “... every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book,” obviously refers to the book of the prophecy of Revelation written by John, which was not a part of the New Testament at that time, as the various books of the New Testament had not been gathered together into one volume at that time.

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES IS NOT CLEARLY SET OUT IN ALL POINTS IN THE BIBLE: The early Church received instructions through the Apostles of Christ and their specially designated representatives and the teachings they received were the “traditions” which they were to keep.

THE EARLY CHURCH HAD SOUND DOCTRINE which was preserved by the presence of the Apostles and their writings.  Today we have multitudes of interpretations of scripture creating a discordant and God-dishonoring confusion concerning the true doctrine of Christ and His gospel.  The apostles died out near the end of the first century and the church turned apostate soon after.

HAS REVELATION CEASED?

HAVE WE NO APOSTLES TODAY TO SETTLE MATTERS OF DOCTRINE?  Has God left His people with no one whose judgment they may dare to trust where their eternal destiny is at stake?  The Bible is God’s witness on the earth through the ages, witnessing to His intervention in the affairs of men.  Since He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever”, it would still be His nature to reveal himself to men in a personal way.  The churches of today say for the most part that He has ceased to do so; that He sits in the heavens, answers prayer, but only speaks through His Bible which was completed nearly 1900 years ago.

BUT THERE IS A CHURCH TODAY WHICH CLAIMS THAT GOD, THAT IS, JESUS CHRIST, STILL SPEAKS TO MAN IN PERSON, AND STILL REVEALS HIS WILL FOR MEN AND FOR HIS CHURCH: That Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


 
THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE
Nov 17,1987

The concept of the Book of Life is not only New Testament. It was known to the saints of the Old Testament, as well. Concerning his adversaries, King David wrote: “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous” (Psalm 69:26).  To King David, his enemies were written in the book of the living but by the Lord could be removed (blotted from the book).  He also couples the phrase “the living” with “the righteous” indicating that he is not referring to physical life but eternal life.

Daniel writes: “... the judgment was set, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:10), and, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be ‘delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  And they that be wise shall shine in the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:1-3)

In the book of Malachi: “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name, And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Malachi 3:16-18)

Paul writes to the Philippians: “And I intreat thee also, true yokefe1low, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” (Philippians 4:3)

The book of Revelation is the most profuse with references to the Book of Life: “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my father, and before his angels.” (Revelation 13:7,8)

“And it was given unto him [the beast] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:7,6)

“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go unto perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Revelation 17:6)

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened which, is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works, And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12—15)

“And there shall in no wise enter into it [the New Jerusalem] any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:27)

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things [see Deuteronomy 4:2], God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:19,20)

In parallel with references to the Book of Life is a teaching of Jesus in the gospel according to Matthew:

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24—27)

So, then, It is not just believing in Jesus Christ, but abiding, or living, faith that is the key to salvation. It is our relationship with our Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ from day to day that saves us.  It is “fearing” the LORD by keeping his commandments and “thinking on his name” and keeping him ever in our thoughts, and striving actively to do his will in all things.  It is repenting when we fail or transgress. It is the good we do to our fellow men, our brothers [for God is “Our Father”, the Father of our spirits].  It is all these things which Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, keeps in his Book of Remembrance, the Book of Life.

If we turn away from him, drawn by any of the lures of Satan [which he has aplenty], then we risk having our name and personal record blotted from the Lamb’s book of Life.  The LORD told Ezekiel:

“Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; ...” (Ezekiel 3:20)

It is vital to keep the lines of communication open with our Father in heaven, that we may hear his voice and heed his directing influence.  “Without God we can do nothing”, and, “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me”.

The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth for the last time.  These are the latter—days.  All the great warnings and promises are to be fulfilled.  The LORD is returning for his Bride, those saints who are waiting in readiness for the Bridegroom’s coming.

I want you to know that though I believe in one true Church, I do not believe that only those who have “official” membership in it will be saved, nor do I believe that membership will save any who are not seeking the LORD.  The fact is, God keeps track of any righteous person who is striving to know Him better, and seeking to do right.  The necessary steps of baptism, etc., will be provided for that person if he qualifies.

Finally, I testify to you that I know that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God, and that only by putting our faith in Him and following his example and obeying His word can anyone be saved and return to be with Him in the presence of our Heavenly Father.  I know, because God spoke to my heart and mind with great intensity, that the Bible is given by him and is His word.  Later on, He also spoke to me about the Book of Mormon, that it was given by him to his people on this continent, to be a second witness to the truth of the Bible and the fact of Jesus’ life, teachings, death, and resurrection.  I know that Christ has placed prophets in the Church as he has done in the past for building up God’s people and to be God’s spokesperson here on earth until He returns.  I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the whole gospel to the earth because it had become polluted by dissentions and ideologies of man, and to ready his people because it is almost time for Him to return.  I know that Christ has restored his Priesthood and authority to the earth, that man, having been given the authority by the laying on of hands, may speak in God’s name as God commands him.  I testify these things in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Amen.


 
July 4, 1989
 
Dear Floyd McElveen,
 
Yesterday, as my wife and I were leaving the Open House for the Portland Temple in Lake Oswego, Oregon, we were handed your book, “GOD’S WORD, FINAL, INFALLIBLE AND FOREVER”.  I was driving, but as my wife began to read at the first of the book, she said, “I don’t feel good about this.”  I began reading your book and penciling in comments to myself, and decided to write you some of my thoughts on it.  Only this morning did I find that there were two more books, obviously anti-Mormon, included in the one cover.  I felt that this was a deception on the publisher’s part, at least;  I realize that the authors often do not have much control over the publication and advertising, etc.  Then I found the note on the back, regarding the three books included.  At least it was on the cover, but it has your name under it, so I don’t know if I should still blame the publishers.
Now, my story.  I was intrigued that you, the author, were Conservative Baptist, since in my youth I started going with my family to the Willamette Baptist Church when it was being started by Jim Spillman.  Previously we had attended Keizer Community Church where my father’s parents went.  I loved the Bible, and studied it eagerly.  I had good, concerned pastors: John R. Turnbull, Jet S Turner, Warren Fleishmann (pardon, this is all from memory, if I forget anyone).  I went three years to Salem Academy, whose reputation I hope precedes this.  I went two years to Judson Baptist College, then in Portland.
Though I had dedicated my life to Christ in High School or Jr. Hi, I don’t remember which, at the First Baptist Church in Salem, and was baptized by John R. Turnbull, yet in college I found I needed to know for sure if the Bible was true.  I was aware of all the evidences you mention in your book, but I wondered, if I had been born in India, would I believe as the Hindus or Buddhists?  I was encouraged by a speaker at the Lents Baptist Church, not personally, that God would give me a sure answer, if I prayed sincerely.  I did.  I received an assurance from Him that the Bible was truly the word of God, and I have never doubted it to this day.
Also, while in college, where I was going with the idea of training for the ministry, I discovered for myself by an examination of the Bible that the doctrine we called Eternal Security, as I had been taught it, was not in accordance with the Bible, for the Bible says (in one of the four places where the word “SAVED” is not used in a future tense), “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which [gospel] ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain” (I Corinthians 15:1,2).  Our security is conditional on our standing with God, according to the Bible.  Right after giving a summary of the basic principles of the gospel by which we are saved, Paul says, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they should fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6-4-7.
As I could not conscientiously be a Conservative Baptist minister as I had intended, I began to look at other Churches.  For a while, I joined the Salvation Army.  They had only a few points of doctrine, with which I then agreed.  During this time I met my first wife, who was Catholic, and we planned to marry.
Since I was out of school, I began to consider my obligations for military service.  I could not see myself killing others.  I considered even going to Canada to avoid the draft.  As I was reading in Ezekiel, I was clearly told that I must join the Army.  The next day, I went down to the Army recruiter and after searching through my options, I signed up to be a Reproduction Equipment Repairman - I was to fix printing presses.  I trusted the LORD’s direction, knowing that since He had given me the instruction, He would also control my situation, that I might not need to do anything against His will.
I signed up for three years, of which I was only required to serve two and a half due to political maneuverings in Washington DC.  During that time, I found the Base Chapels too watered-down, though I liked the Chaplains personally.  On Okinawa, I went off-base to a Pentecostal Serviceman’s Center.  I heard much about receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and witnessed their speaking in tongues which they said was a sign of receiving the gift.  I was convinced by the scriptures that I should pray for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and I did, but I never spoke in tongues.  I went home from the Army disappointed in that.
I married my first wife in the Salvation Army chapel.  Two of her ‘fathers’ assisted, which I needn’t tell you was unusual.  She lived only six months after we married.  During that time, some Jehovah’s Witnesses came to the door, but my wife said to have nothing to do with them.  After she died, they came around again.  I was still searching in my soul for the answers to the questions that had been raised but not answered.  I studied with the Jehovah’s Witnesses and even went around door to door with them.  I saw from the Scriptures that Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Ghost were actually separate persons and not just one; They were one in purpose, thought and will.  I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, because they taught that Jesus was resurrected without a body, which was contrary to the scriptures, especially Luke 24:36-43.
After that, I tried several Pentecostal Churches, a Methodist church (belonging to none), re-married, studied with the Seventh-day Adventists, investigated the Worldwide Church of God, and fathered a son, who is now 14.
In each of these Churches one doctrine or another was emphasized to me, and I kept these things in my heart, as it is said of Mary.  But I was at a loss how to bring all these biblical doctrines together.  Then, one night as I was working as a custodian at the Salem Y.M.C.A., a resident there asked me what I thought of the Book of Mormon.  Now, to tell the truth, I had only once before (as a High School student) opened the pages of a Book of Mormon, and before I did I prayed, “Lord. I don’t have time to read the whole Book, Please show me what is wrong with it.”  So I opened it up to Mormon 8:12, which I trust if you do not know it by heart you can look up, and I, pleased with myself, said, “The Bible doesn’t have imperfections in it”, and closed the book for about 10 years (forgive me if I’m off by a year or two).  Anyway, I had a pretty good idea, somehow, what I thought of the Book of Mormon.  I told him something like this: I think Joseph Smith believed he saw and heard what he claims, but he was deceived by the devil posing as an angel of light.  He responded with, “You will need to read it and pray about it and ask God if it is true.”  Something clicked in me.  I had had to do that with the Bible, so I agreed.  I read through the Book of Mormon, while praying, receiving no answer.  I began reading the Doctrine and Covenants, thinking, “This, if anything will turn me off”, knowing that the strange doctrines were contained in the D&C.  I was half-way through reading the Doctrine and Covenants, and walking to the Bishop’s home for some reason, which I have forgotten, and the answer came to me.  I recognized the answer as the same that told me the Bible was true, and on top of that, all the things with which my mind had been concerned for years seemed to find their place as if the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle were to fall onto a table and take their proper places unaided by human hand.  Since then I have no more doubted the truth or the inspiration of the Book of Mormon than that of the Bible.  I know that they are the word of God.  I know that they are not all of the word of God that has ever been or ever shall be, for He speaks daily.
I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for fourteen years now.  Since that time, I have been through a divorce, gone through the Idaho Falls Temple for my own endowments, been sealed to my first wife for eternity, my third wife and I were married there for time and eternity and we were happily married for eight years before she died.  I have again married in the Seattle Temple for time and eternity.  This was not my plan.  The first time I married, I visualized growing old together and having a full life with my partner, but it was not to be.  I knew that she was happier with the LORD than she could be in this mortal life.  I knew after she died that I would marry again.  I had never been taught about eternal marriage at that time, but I knew that true love never dies.  And what of marriage?  What is it for? - To death do us part?  Unless what Jesus said only applies to people like the Sadducees to whom He was speaking, who denied a resurrection, or angels, having a knowledge of the scriptures, and thus forfeited those blessings for themselves.
Now as to your First book:
1.   As does the Bible, the Book of Mormon claims to be the word of God.  In 2 Timothy 3:15 it says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God …“; It doesn’t say “The Bible“, as it could have, if that was what was meant.  After all, Cyrus was named before his birth, for example.
2.   As does the Bible, the Book of Mormon claims to be preserved by the LORD.  It claims to have been hid up by the LORD to be brought forth in the last days.  The Bible even talks about it in Ezekiel 37:15-20.
3.   The Problem of manuscripts and translations: There are many translations in English alone of the Bible, while there was only one translation made of the Book of Mormon.  I, for one, am glad that we do not have the original manuscripts of either book that they might not become in themselves revered and worshipped.  Mankind has such a knack for finding idols.
4. Revelation was not the last book written.  Does that mean its injunction against adding to and taking away was on hold until the Bible was complete?  I know that God controls our destinies and historical events, but this kind of appeal to circumstance to prove a point of so much importance, is hardly reliable.
5. As with the Bible, the Book of Mormon must be the invention of either good men or angels, bad men or devils, or of God; For the same reasons given for the Bible, I draw the conclusion that the Book of Mormon must be given by divine inspiration.
6. It has been shown by computer analysis that the Book of Mormon, though coming through one voice and being transcribed by only a couple of hands, that its source comes from as many original writers as was claimed in the book itself.
7. Archaeology.  I keep in my scriptures, marking the passage in Alma 48:7-9, a picture taken from a National Geographic article on Peru (I have lost the date) whose explanation reads: “Mysterious seal [describing the shape of the fortification] stamped on the landscape of Peru’s central coast, a Pre-Inca fortification rises from the brow of a rock bluff in the Casma Valley.  Constructed by an unknown coastal people two millenniums ago, the fortress came in time into the orbit of the Chimus, whose dominions the Incas absorbed in the l460’s.  A six-foot-high defensive wall stretches across the plain to the distant mountains ...”  The picture, the date, the place all agree with the passage as well as Alma 49:l3; 50:10; 53:7.
You refer to archaeology to attack the Book of Mormon, but are silent where it contradicts the Bible.  I prefer to accept either scripture when they contradict archaeology, as I have little faith in their dating systems.  I do not believe that man has been on the earth for millions of years, and I don’t believe the Bible will allow that interpretation.
8. Prophecy is a matter of interpretation in many cases.  I have found there are many disagreements between ‘Christian’ interpreters of Bible prophecies.  I had a pamphlet I bought at Bible Book House in Salem, which gave [a large number] of Biblical reasons why the LORD was returning in September 1988.  I have since, for obvious reasons, thrown it out.
9. There are miracles in the Book of Mormon, there were miracles in the infant LDS Church, there are continuing miracles today, in and out of the Church.
Why do you find it hard to understand that a church claiming to be the one true Church would claim the others are wrong? This follows logically to me.  How can everyone be right?  On the other hand, It is hard for me to see how churches who can argue, if silently, over how to baptize, how to handle the Lord’s Supper, whether the LORD will come before or after the tribulation, etc.  Why, if they call themselves Christian, and recognize each other as such, are they not One Church: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, as the Bible says?  Jesus said, A house divided against itself, cannot stand”.
We truly teach there is no salvation outside of the Church, but it is not meant that every member (or even most) will be saved, nor is it meant that if you are not a member in this life, you cannot be saved.  What it means is that the plan of the gospel is taught in purity only through the Church of Jesus Christ in any age, as Israel was indeed the Church of Jesus Christ in a former age.  The ordinances of salvation are provided through it alone.  As Jesus was baptized by one called and ordained to baptize, so we must follow Him in baptism for “remission of sins” (see Acts 2:38; Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3).  Though He needed no such thing, still He said, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness”.  Jesus did not sin, but He is our example.  These ordinances are provided only by His Church, which He has called by His name, and to which He has given His authority. Jesus called apostles, and ordained them, giving them power and authority.  Even after He ascended to His Father, new apostles were called: Paul, Barnabas, and James, the Lord’s brother.  But the apostasy or falling away (2 Thess. 2:3) that was predicted by the New Testament writers did occur (2 Tim. 1:15; 1 John 2:18), and the Apostolic authority was withdrawn from the people, and they were left to themselves.
You and I both know there are no real contradictions in the Bible, if it is understood correctly, but the problem is how we interpret the Bible.  Let me give you some passages which seem to contradict what you have said in your book:
Psalm 82:1 “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.”
Psalm 82:5 “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.”
Psalm 85:8 “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, 0 Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.”
Psalm 135:2 “0 give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth forever.”
WAS THE WRITER OF PSALMS A POLYTHEISTIC PAGAN?
John 10:33-35 “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
“If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
“Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?”
Jesus prayed to his Father, “nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done”. — How, if they are the same being, can they have two wills?  How can the Lord have been seen standing on the right hand of the Father?
Jacob said, “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:30
Of Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel it is said, “And they saw the God of Israel ... also they saw God, and did eat and drink.” Exodus 24:9-11
Isaiah 5:1 “I saw also the LORD . . . and his train filled the temple.
I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: . . . then shall I know even as also I am known.”
1 John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that., when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
In your third book you say on page 44, “Be sure the church believes in instant salvation, ... and that they believe John 3:35a, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.. .“, but on page 35 you showed that you understood the continuing nature of the Greek tense, which translated fully would make the verse read more like this: ‘He that is believing on the Son is having everlasting life...  This doesn’t sound like instant salvation, any more than what I believe.  I believe, am believing, in the Son, therefore I am having everlasting life.  If I were to quit believing in the Son, where would my salvation, or eternal security be?  As long as I am believing, I will be working, doing the works of my Savior.  If I cease doing the works of my Savior, where is my faith, where is my salvation?
In book 2, page 150, you say, “Abraham proved his faith before men . . . by faithfully offering his son Isaac upon the altar.”  In fact, according to the Bible, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  And Abraham said unto his young men, abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again unto you ...“ Abraham’s work of faith was not seen by men other than himself and his son.  Certainly it would not have been understood if it were.
You say on page 149, “I believe that the only reason I was delivered from becoming a Mormon is because I finally searched the Bible.”  I checked back at your previous account and could only find that you were given several verses by a minister friend, and clung (desperately?) to one (John 3:35) which you understood to be instantaneous, which you should see is not supported in the original language (as far as it is translated correctly).  Actually the translation was fine, but the understanding was murky; whenever you see the “-th” ending on a verb, you are looking at a continuous present tense, but you can check that for yourself.
“And 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. Amen.” John 21:25
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” 1 Corinthians 3:1, 2.  Is this instant salvation?
“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed unto death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” 1 Cor. 4:9.
“I wrote to you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:” 1 Cor. 5:3 (note this is in FIRST Corinthians.)
According to The Analytical Greek Lexicon (Zondervan), the definition of ‘aionios’ is “indeterminate as to duration, eternal, everlasting”.  It does not necessarily mean “without beginning, without end.
According to Young’s Analytical Concordance, FOR EVER
‘kol-hay-yamim’ is literally “all the days”; EVERLASTING ‘ad’ is “duration, continuity”, ‘olam’ is “age, age-lasting”, ‘qedem’ is “what is before (in time or place)”; ETERNAL comes from the same Hebrew and Greek words as EVERLASTING and FOREVER.
Concerning the Professor Anthon incident: Professor Anthon is the only one who claimed he could read the copied inscriptions.  It only showed him to be a fraud, hoping to acquire a new find.  It is obvious that he couldn’t read them, though he may have recognized some of the characters.  Martin Harris only reported what happened.
You said the doctrine of Polygamy “was against the law of the land ...“ Correct me if I’m wrong (please give documentation), but the way I heard it, there was no law against it until after the Mormons were in Utah, and then it was passed with the single purpose of destroying the Mormons.
You write, “Obviously, if man is going to live by every word that comes from God man must be in permanent possession of every word that comes from God.”  Obviously, man is not in possession of every word that has come forth from the mouth of God, but he can live by every word that comes to him personally, that he has in his possession.  According to the Bible, God said very few words to man until the time of Abraham.  This is not reasonable.  How can one believe on Christ, let alone the right one, if he never even hears the name, let alone the plan.  Most of mankind is being flushed into hell if I am to believe you.  God is the father of spirits.  Is that just the ‘saved’ ones?  The Jews claimed to be sons of Abraham, which they were according to the flesh.  But Jesus said they were sons of the devil.  We believe all mankind are literally children of God, though the spiritual birth makes us truly children, much like the example above.
You say that Jesus said not a jot or tittle would pass away from his word, then, a few pages later you tell of 17 letters in question in one chapter of Isaiah, which is probably the best documented book of the Old Testament, and then you say later that there are nearly 200,000 variants in the New Testament manuscripts.  I prefer to understand Jesus’ statement in a way that does not make Him seem a liar.
Well, I have gone on and on.  In fact, today is the 5th of July.  I have edited some things out that were answered by further reading of your book(s).  I have finished reading, and am still pondering.  Of course, there is much more that I could say if I were writing a book instead of a letter.  If you wish, I would enjoy corresponding with you.
Yours, in Christ,
 David E. Sawyer