'Baptist Religious Herald'
9th April 1840
"A correspondent requests information as to the peculiar tenets of this modern sect. We have never seen a copy of the Book of Mormon, nor any abstract of their creed upon which we could fully rely, as a fair exposition of their opinions."
How refreshingly honest of the Baptist Religious Herald to be so forthright about what they know about the Book of Mormon!
Shall we congratulate them? Not yet!
Hold your praise until you read what follows their frank admission of their utter ignorace of the content of the Book of Mormon.
Sadly, the Baptist Religious Herald continues with much less candour than that with which they began, and therein lies our stunned disappointment.
It goes on to say:
"The book of Mormon is a bungling and stupid production ... It contains some trite moral maxims, but the phraseology ... frequently violates every principle and rule of grammar. We have no hesitation in saying the whole system is erroneous."
This is after they confess:
"We have never seen a copy of the book of Mormon, nor any abstract of their creed upon which we could fully rely, as a fair exposition of their opinions."
What does the Holy Bble to say about the Baptist Religious Herald's prejudice? It says:
"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him."
God has the last word! We have no desire to do aught but believe him!