Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
The LDS claims to be “the only true church.” But what do they mean by the word true?
Joseph Smith said he had established the LDS church in 1830 in order to restore the “true” gospel. But if it was the true gospel, why then did he consistently change his doctrines to the extent that the Mormon gospel of today bears little resemblance to the so-called “true” gospel that was preached at the start of their church.
Truth is eternal. It never changes. That’s why we can rely upon it. And the Bible defines both God and His Word as truth.
“… God of truth and without iniquity, just and
right is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4, KJV)
“I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6, KJV)
“Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17, KJV)
“The word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word by which the gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1:25, KJV)
Because they have Christ’s name in their title (i.e. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), the LDS claims that this proves that they are the true church. But they have gone through five titles, one of which (The Church of the Latter-day Saints), didn’t include the name of Christ (c/f History of the Church, Vol. 2, page 63). And what about all the other churches that have Christ’s name in their titles?
The LDS also maintains that they have the same organization as did the primitive church, and that this proves they are the true church. But this is another false claim. They do not have the same organization (c/f The Organization of the LDS Church).
Perhaps their foremost claim is that they alone have the authority to administer the gospel and that this makes them the true church. However, Christ never ever bestowed authority on anyone to administer the gospel. Nor does the Bible say that we need authority to do so. This subject is fully dealt with in this article The LDS’s Claim to Authority.
The LDS maintains that their authority for the gospel comes through their priesthood. In this vein, their official teaching manual for 2010, Gospel Principles, states in chapter 13 that “Our Heavenly Father shares his priesthood power with worthy male members of the [LDS] Church.”
But God is not a priest. And He doesn’t share His power with anyone. Furthermore, the church of Jesus Christ falls under the New Covenant, not the Old. The New Covenant didn’t have a priesthood. That was an Old Covenant office. And under the Old Covenant the priests were intermediaries in that they represented mankind and offered prayers and sacrifices on their behalf, to God. Furthermore the office of priest was reserved solely for the literal, physical descendants of Levi.
Not only is God not a priest, He is not a glorified man either (Numbers 23:19). He is the one and only self-existing, eternally unchanging deity of absolute purity, who has never known sin; whereas men (including priests) are fallen, created beings.
We build our doctrines upon our ideas about God. So if we are wrong about who God is, then our whole belief system will be wrong.
The Bible tells us that the members of Christ’s church continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (c/f Acts 2:42). But the apostles’ doctrine was based on the gospel of the cross, whereas Mormonism’s basic doctrine is eternal progression. If you took away eternal progression the whole of Mormonism would collapse.
The book of Acts tells us that the apostles’ teachings were spread throughout the then known world (in the form of letters as well as by personal evangelism). So if eternal progression had been include in their teachings, there would have been abundant evidence of this. It would have been so well entrenched that it would have been impossible for its existence to have been obliterated. But eternal progression was never a part of their gospel. Nor did Christ ever preach eternal progression. And the apostle Paul gave this stern warning:
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galations 1:18, KJV)
The LDS preaches a different gospel to that of Christ’s apostles and they have a different God, a different Jesus. (The Mormon God progressed from intelligent matter to a spirit being, then he progressed to a man of flesh and bone and finally earned his salvation and the right to exaltation. Only at that stage did he supposedly progress to godhood.)
As we can see, the LDS does not fit the criteria for “the true church.”
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