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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:

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Notice, Paul was talking about himself in 1 Corinthians. In Ephesians, he talks about how the building’s foundation is made up of “apostles and prophets,” with Christ being the chief cornerstone. The apostles and prophets referenced come from that New Testament time as described in Acts. Nowhere does this verse infer that there would be later prophets and apostles who would be part of the same foundation.

If prophets and apostles are necessary, then how can we determine that the LDS apostles and prophets are the correct ones? The Mormon can assume this is the case, but there are many in the world today calling themselves “apostles” and “prophets”–from Warren Jeffs, who remains the head of the FLDS church to Pentecostal leaders who also claim to have this authority.

Without the Bible, it all becomes very difficult to comprehend. With the Bible, we can determine truth. The Mormon Church has no claim to authority just because it happens to have offices called “prophets” and “apostles.”

For other passages discussing common passages used by Latter-day Saints, click here.

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