Is Mormonism True
Have you ever been interested in attending a Mormon Church Service? Even just curious to see how the meetings are organized and what is taught there?
I’d personally invite you to attend. Visit the website http://maps.lds.org and find the nearest meetinghouse by you. You might be surprised how close the nearest one is!
Think Mormons are crazy? Not sure if Mormons are Christians? Wondering if the Mormon Church might be true? Whatever your questions may be, come visit and worship the Lord with us. Here is a video that you might be interested to watch before going so you know what to expect:
If you read the earlier post about the 17 points of the true church, you noticed that the last point was a bit vague in saying merely, “By their fruits ye shall know them. (Matt 7:20).” We also discussed this passage in an earlier post referring to Jesus’ method to discern between true and false prophets. This brings us to the question–what are the fruits of Mormonism?
The obvious first answer is the Book of Mormon. The line of logic is clear–if the Book of Mormon is the word of God, then Joseph Smith was a divinely-called prophet, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By similar logic, if the Book of Mormon is not the word of God, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the true church of Christ.
Knowing that, does it make more sense why Mormon missionaries are always trying to get people to read the Book of Mormon? Everything depends on it! There is no middle ground–either the LDS Church is all it purports to be or else it’s just another Christian denomination with some false teachings. With such weight relying on this book, one would think that every religious (and non-religious) person in the world would be anxious to read the Book of Mormon and find out whether it’s true or not. Instead, most rely on the word of their preacher or pastor and never even read a page. What a tragedy.
What was the last book you read? Was it one that could ultimately answer the question of salvation? If not, I’d encourage you to read the Book of Mormon. And as I have encouraged countless times already on here, find out for yourself whether it’s true by praying and asking God.
There is a story occasionally repeated on websites about 5 friends who were searching for the true church of Christ. Together they compiled a list of 17 points that this church would embody based on the Bible. After going their separate ways in life, they caught up years down the road and found that each one of them had independently found the church that they had been looking for: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Now whether this is truth or fiction, or some blend of the two, is irrelevant. If true, it is indeed a remarkable story of faith and dedication on the part of these individuals. Even if it’s fiction, it provides a nice backdrop for the list below, while not affecting the veracity of the points outlined.
17 Points of the True Church of Christ
- Christ organized the Church (Eph 4:11-14)
- The true church must bear the name of Jesus Christ (Eph 5:23)
- The true church must have a foundation of Apostles and Prophets (Eph 2:19-20)
- The true church must have the same organization as Christ’s Church (Eph 4:11-14)
- The true church must claim divine authority (Heb 4:4-10)
- The true church must have no paid ministry (Acts 20:33-34; John 10:11-13)
- The true church must baptize by immersion (Matt 3:13-16)
- The true church must bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (Acts 8:14-17)
- The true church must practice divine healing (Mark 3:14-15)
- The true church must teach that God and Jesus are separate and distinct individuals (John 17:11; 20:17)
- The true church must teach that God and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone (Luke 23:36-39; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 1:1-3)
- The officers must be called by God (Heb 4:4; Ex 28:1; 40:13-16)
- The true church must claim revelation from God (Amos 3:7)
- The true church must be a missionary church (Matt 28:19-20)
- The true church must be a restored church (Acts 3:19-20)
- The true church must practice baptism for the dead (1Cor 15:16&29)
- “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt 7:20)
These are important points and Biblical verses to consider. While this list is certainly not exhaustive of every characteristic that the Church of Christ will have, it does provide an excellent starting point. In addition, there are numerous churches which meet one, five, or even ten of these criteria, but I have found none that fulfill all 17 except for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church.
Don’t take my word for it. Take the list above and use it as a starting point to begin your study of the characteristics of the true church of Christ. Once you have studied and pondered about it, I would then invite you to pray and ask God whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the true church. He will answer.