Does modern revelation tie into Jesus’s teachings

I think most people can agree with the definition of Christian to be one who follows the teachings of Christ. Mormons ascribe to this definition.

Mormons believe in the teachings of Christ in the Bible, but they also believe that teachings of Jesus are found in the Book of Mormon and in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Arguing that Mormons are not Christian is tenuous, given the weight Christ’s teachings receive in the church.

That being said, we have a unique aspect to our church: we believe in continuing revelation.

As I was thinking about the idea of Jesus’s teachings in the Mormon church and continuing revelation, a question came to mind:

Will modern revelation always be based on Jesus’s teachings, or can prophets receive doctrine that Jesus never spoke about?

2 thoughts on “Does modern revelation tie into Jesus’s teachings”

  1. I guess that you mean can prophets receive doctrine that Jesus is not recorded as speaking in the New Testament? If prophets were restricted to teaching only doctrines for which we have record of Jesus proclaiming, then Peter and Paul both would be greatly remiss.

    But, if we can agree that the Bible does not contain all of the words that Jesus spoke, and did, then we should be able to understand with some certainty that we do not know all of the doctrines which Jesus did teach His apostles,

    John said that all of the acts of Jesus were not recorded, and maybe even could not be recorded, at least at the time. “John 21:25 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.”

    But even with that, since it is Jesus himself that is the revelator to His prophets, any doctrine properly will come from Jesus.

    Now, as to Mormons being Christians, we are not, if we go by the current mainstream definition of Christian. Just for one example, LDS believe that Jesus has a body.

    Glenn

  2. Why not seek a revelation on a topic of interest to yourself, perhaps something not spoken of in the scriptures, and see what happens?

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