Category Archives: Church Leaders and Hierarchy

Ephesians 2:20: Is the Mormon Church true because it’s built on apostles and prophets?

A common verse used to support the idea that the Mormon Church is true is Ephesians 2:20. It reads: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; The Christian church has been likened to a building (1 Cor. 3:9). Verses 10 and 11 read: […]

Acts 1 and the issue of “12” apostles

Acts 1 and the issue of “12” apostles

 By Eric Johnson

 When faithful Latter-day Saints are asked about their church’s authority, they will very often point to Ephesians 2:20, which says, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” According to Mormonism, the “Great Apostasy” caused the ancient church to lose its authority.

Surviving Apostles?

By Bill McKeever

B.H. Roberts, an LDS Seventy and LDS Church historian, in his introduction to the History of the Church, stated that the LDS Church is founded upon this very premise. He wrote, “Nothing less than a complete apostasy from the Christian religion would warrant the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (vol. 1:XL). If however, the Book of Mormon or the Doctrine and Covenants were true, it would be difficult to arrive at such a conclusion.

Are the Evangelists of Ephesians 4:11 the Patriarchs of the LDS Church?

εὐαγγέλιον (yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on) is “gospel” in Greek. Consider: εὐαγγελιστής (yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace). Not knowing Greek, which do you think is the more likely accurate translation of the second word? 1. Someone who shares/communicates/brings the good tidings, the good news. 2. Someone who gives patriarchal blessings. Now consider how the term is used by Paul to Timothy: > 2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.