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Jacob 7

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Jacob Chapter 7Â*

Quotes for Discussion

What is an anti-Christ?

An anti-Christ is a person who opposes the Lord. However, his opposition may come in two ways. He may set himself up as a savior of the people and offer them a pseudosalvation based on principles which are promulgated by himself but are calculated to bring him the honor and glory of the world. In other words, through either word or action he says, “I am the source of salvation and power.” The second way he can be an anti-Christ is to set up any other person or system as a substitute for the Savior and then seek to promulgate this substitute in the hearts and minds of the people. Either way, the result is the same: people are taught to reject the master and to seek elsewhere for the solution to their spiritual problems. Here in Jacob 7 we meet the first of several anti-Christs in the Book of Mormon. Sherem, like the others who followed, was an expert at oratory and flattering words. (See vs. 4.)

BYU Book of Mormon Student Manual, p. 131-132

President Ezra Taft Benson has instructed that “the Book of Mormon brings men to Christ through two basic means”:

“First, it tells in a plain manner of Christ and His gospel. It testifies of His divinity and of the necessity for a Redeemer and the need of our putting trust in Him. It bears witness of the Fall and the Atonement and the first principles of the gospel, including our need of a broken heart and a contrite spirit and a spiritual rebirth. It proclaims we must endure to the end in righteousness and live the moral life of a Saint.

“Second, the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Nephi 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon is similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time” (emphasis added).

Ezra Taft Benson, A Witness and a Warning, p. 3

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