The ideal, of course, is that we would "all come to a unity of the faith" - a process which requires receiving and following revelation from God (Eph.
-14) and accepting His inspired additions to scripture.
He refers to the unique contents of his book: its prophecies, its descriptions of plagues, its discussion of the holy city, and urges that no one change what he has written.
Even though the Book of Revelation has been placed last in our Bible, it was not necessarily the last book written, but may have preceded other writings of John himself by a couple of years.
However, "the conciliar decree De canonicis scriptures, issued on 8 April 1546 by Session IV of the Catholic Council of Trent, declares all who do not accept the Apocrypha as Christian scripture - in other words, the Protestants - to be anathema or accursed" [Peterson and Ricks, p. If Latter-day Saints are to be condemned for adding to scripture, can the Protestants justify themselves in subtracting from scripture?
But clearly there is not yet a single, universal, indisputable standard for what the Christian canon should be, so I suggest we stop the condemnation and allow different groups to use different canons.
Joseph Smith's actions, contra critics (e.g., chapter 3 of "Mormonism: Shadow or Reality?
One of the surest signs that the Church of Jesus Christ has really been restored is that new scripture has been added!The Jews at the time of Christ claimed to revere dead prophets but rejected living ones and rejected newly added scripture. Those who reject new prophets and new scripture from God in our day are likewise in apostasy and need to repent and come unto Christ more fully.To the evangelical ministers who rail against us for "adding to the word," I am tempted ask - with tongue in cheek - by what authority they use a Bible from which many books of scripture accepted by the early Christians have been subtracted?The common idea that this was the last book added to an existing canon of New Testament scripture by John is erroneous, as is the idea that John meant that there could never be any more scripture.Latter-day Saints fully agree with John: no man should change what God has spoken.