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"Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city..." The principle of modern revelation is at the heart of what makes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints so different from most other Christian churches.For many, it is a troubling, even appalling concept.Also see John Tvedtnes's Response to a list of 52 allegedly false prophecies by Dick Baer (the list is toward the bottom of that page).Finally, also see my essay on the fallibility of human leaders in the true Church.He may have been far too optimistic about the rise of the Church and the success of the Saints, and perhaps too rash or harsh in dealing with critics and apostates.It is hard to judge some of these matters in our day, but it is clear that modern prophets have made serious mistakes, and that not every statement, hope, and dream was fulfilled.This page, part of my Mormon Answers site, answers common questions about prophets in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and about Joseph Smith in particular.
Such happened in the first couple of centuries after Christ, as chosen and ordained apostles and prophets were rejected, martyred, and eventually replaced, sometimes by usurpers and power-seekers, sometimes by apostates who changed the doctrine to make it more pleasing to the worldly philosophies of the day, and sometimes by well meaning men who lacked divine authority.
One chapter of particular interest is Chapter 17 that deals with charges against Joseph Smith (polygamy, magic, etc.).