17 Points of the True Church

Posted: March 24, 2011 by Amy Hall in Choosing My Religion

I created this list of 17 points to help people respond to the LDS “17 Points of the True Church.” Some of the points are direct responses to their numerical counterparts on the LDS list, and some bring in ideas not mentioned on the LDS list that are unique to Christianity and not shared by Mormons. Since each list includes aspects of the unique theology of its group, by going through their list and ours and examining the context of the verses cited, you can quickly move into deep and meaningful conversations with your Mormon friends.

  1. The true church must base its doctrine on what the Bible teaches. 2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:21, Ps 12:6
  2. The true church must teach there is only one God. Isa 43:10, Isa 44:6, Isa 44:8
  3. The true church must teach that God has been God from all eternity. Ps 90:2, Mal 3:6, Jas 1:17
  4. The true church must worship only one God (the LORD, Jehovah). Ex 34:14
  5. The true church must teach that God does not have a physical body. John 4:24, Luke 24:39, 1 Kings 8:27, John 1:18, 1 Tim 1:17
  6. The church must teach that within the one being of God there are three persons. Matt 3:16-17, Matt 28:19-20
  7. The true church must teach that the eternal, fully divine person of Jesus took on a human nature when He came to Earth. Phil 2:5-8, John 1:14
  8. The true church must worship Jesus and teach that one can pray to Him. Matt 28:9, Matt 2:11, Acts 7:59
  9. The true church teaches that the Gospel is: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. 1 Cor 15:1-4
  10. The true church teaches that when you believe the Gospel, you receive the Holy Spirit, you are born again, and He makes you into a new creation. Acts 10:36-45, John 3:1-8, 2 Cor 5:17
  11. The true church teaches that a trusting belief in Christ is all one needs to be saved to eternal life with God. Acts 16:30-31, John 6:28-29, 1 John 5:11-12
  12. The true church must not teach that eternal life with the Father can be reached only after doing certain works. Eph 2:8-9, Rom 11:6, Gal 3:2-3
  13. The true church must not make the issue of what we eat or drink a requirement of the Gospel. Mark 7:18-20, Rom 14:14-18, Col 2:13-17
  14. The true chruch must teach that we are forgiven of our sins when we confess them. 1 John 1:9, Heb 10:10, 14-18
  15. The LORD commands his people to financially support those devoted to ministry. Num 18:8-24, Luke 10:2-7, 1 Cor 9:7-14, 1 Tim 5:17-18
  16. The true Church was established by Jesus, has never been overcome, but has existed on the earth throughout all generations since Jesus. Matt 16:18, Eph 3:21
  17. The true church must compare all new revelation with the Bible and reject whatever disagrees. Deut 13:1-3, Gal 1:8, Isa 8:19-20, 1 Thes 5:21, Acts 17:11

For a thorough discussion of all 17 of the LDS points, see Alpha and Omega Ministries and Mormonism Research Ministry.

  1. Sam Harper says:

    Thank you Amy! You sent this to me in 2008, and it was very helpful.