Apostasy & The True Church
What does the Bible teach about the true church?
Jesus promised the church would forever prevail. Therefore, there can never be a complete apostasy.
Moreover, all who believe in Christ’s redemptive and substitutionary work are members of the invisible (true) church. It crosses denominations and is built on the ‘rock’ of faith Jesus Christ himself. It is not one physical church.
This worldwide body of believers encompasses followers of Jesus from all corners of the globe, representing countless denominations, congregations, and fellowships — yet one Lord, one faith, and one baptism, all adhering to the Word of God as their standard for truth. Each one works together to glorify God through the building of his body, the church.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
What does Mormonism teach about apostasy & the true church?
Mormonism teaches that for more than 1600 years, the church did not prevail. There was a complete apostasy from shortly after the time of the Apostles until Joseph Smith restored the true church, which Mormons recognize as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe that no other church or denomination has the fullness of the gospel or the authority given by God.
And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
1 Nephi 13:26 (Book of Mormon)
Why this Matters
Mormonism’s exclusive claim of being the one true church is not biblical. Only the Lord knows those who are his. Therefore, the holy Christian church is invisible and cannot be identified with any church organization or denomination. Moreover, Mormonism’s false focus on an earthly institution leads its followers to place faith in the church, not in Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Ephesians 1:23, 4:12
1 Samuel 16:7
2 Timothy 2:19
What Bible Verses should you share with a Mormon?
Some Bible passages communicate better than others to Mormons. Our booklet provides 14 practical examples along with ways to explain them that clearly convey God's truth to Mormons.
There can never be a complete apostasy. All who believe in Christ’s redemptive and substitutionary work are members of the invisible (true) church.
There was a complete apostasy from shortly after the time of the Apostles until Joseph Smith restored the true church.