Does Revelation 22:18-19 Close the Canon?

18 For I testify unto 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:

19 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.

Sound scary? Well, a clearer understanding will remove any fear that John was condemning Latter-day Saints and their additional revelations.

As usual, context matters. Moses made a similar comment in Deuteronomy. Proverbs mentions a similar concept. And John himself likely wrote his Gospel and epistles after writing Revelation.

No, the canon (New Testament) wasn’t closed with John’s words in Revelation 22.

What is LDS Doctrine?

From the Church’s YouTube channel:

Jeff at Latter-day Saint Q & A shares insight:

Episode 27: What is LDS Doctrine? – Michael Goodman

Doctrine is what the current prophets, seers, and revelators are teaching. They include eternal, essential truths necessary for our salvation and meet three criteria:

  1. Doctrine is eternal; it does not change through time.
  2. Doctrine is sustained by the united voice of the Council of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency.
  3. Doctrine is necessary for our salvation.

On LDS.org, the nine basic doctrines of the Church (click underlined text) are listed and are now the current focus of the seminary Doctrinal Mastery program.

What constitutes “official” Mormon doctrine? Clearly, the scriptures contain official doctrine. But what counts as “scripture?” Are statements of the First Presidency official “doctrine?” What about statements of Joseph Smith, the Journal of Discourses or general conference addresses?

Below podcast is only 6 minutes long:

From Dan Peterson:  On the Alleged Indeterminancy of Mormon Doctrine .