There Are Only Two Churches

In 1 Nephi 14:10 we read this passage in the Book of Mormon.  It is fascinating and rings true, but it is difficult for many to understand. It is difficult for me to understand.  I am pondering it this morning and wondering what it means.  Does it relate in any way to political campaigns in general?  Does it relate in any way to the campaign currently going on in the United States.

  10 And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.

At the official Church website, in the Guide to the Scriptures it says this:

The church of the devil: Every evil and worldly organization on earth that perverts the pure and perfect gospel and fights against the Lamb of God.

In Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie which is maligned by many and loved by me, this is what he says:

Church of the Devil

See APOSTASY, BABYLON, DEVIL, KINGDOM OF THE DEVIL, SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, WORLD. The titles church of the devil and great and abominable church are used to identify all churches or organizations of whatever name or nature — whether political, philosophical, educational, economic social, fraternal, civic, or religious — which are designed to take men on a course that leads away from God and his laws and thus from salvation in the kingdom of God.

Salvation is in Christ, is revealed by him from age to age, and is available only to those who keep his commandments and obey his ordinances. These commandments are taught in, and these ordinances are administered by, his Church. There is no salvation outside this one true Church, the Church of Jesus Christ. There is one Christ, one Church, one gospel, one plan of salvation, one set of saving ordinances, one group of legal administrators, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Eph. 4:5.)

Any church or organization of any kind whatever which satisfies the innate religious longings of man and keeps him from coming to the saving truths of Christ and his gospel is therefore not of God.

Hence we find our Lord saying, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matt. 12:30.) And hence we find Alma inviting the wicked to repent and join the true Church of Christ and become the sheep of the Good Shepherd. “And now if ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd of what fold are ye?” he asks. “Behold, I say unto you, that the devil is your shepherd and ye are of his fold; and now, who can deny this? Behold, I say unto you, whosoever denieth this is a liar and a child of the devil.” (Alma 5:39; Jos. Smith 2:19.)

Iniquitous conditions in the various branches of the great and abominable church in the last days are powerfully described in the Book of Mormon. (2 Ne. 28; Morm. 8:28, 32-33, 36-38; D. & C. 10:56.) Nephi saw the “church which is most abominable above all other churches” in vision. He “saw the devil that he was the foundation of it”; and also the murders, wealth, harlotry, persecutions, and evil desires that are part of this organization. (1 Ne. 13:1-10.)

He saw that this church took away from the gospel of the Lamb many covenants and many plain and precious parts; that it perverted the right ways of the Lord; that it deleted many teachings from the Bible; that it was “the mother of harlots”; and finally that the Lord would again restore the gospel of salvation. (1 Ne. 13:24-42.)

Similar visions were given to John as recorded in the 17th and 18th chapter’s of Revelation. He saw this evil church as a whole ruling over peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues; as being full of blasphemy abominations, filthiness, and fornication; as having the name, “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”; as drunken with the blood of the saints; as revelling in wealth and the delicacies of the earth; as making merchandise of all costly items and of “slaves, and souls of men.” And then John, as did Nephi, saw the fall and utter destruction of this great church whose foundation is the devil.

In this world of carnality and sensuousness, the great and abominable church will continue its destructive course. But there will be an eventual future day when evil shall end, “and the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall be cast down by devouring fire.” (D. & C. 29:21; Ezek. 38; 39; 1 Ne. 22:23; Rev. 18.) Before that day, however, desolations will sweep through the earth and the various branches of the great and abominable church “shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood.” (1 Ne. 22:13-14; 14:3.)

The resurrected Christ gave to the Nephites this test whereby they might distinguish the true Church from any other: 1. It would be called in his name, for “how be it my church save it be called in my name?” he said. 2. It would be built upon his gospel, that is, the eternal plan of salvation with all its saving powers and graces would be had in it. 3. The Father would show forth his works in it, meaning that miracles, righteousness, and every good fruit would abound in it. 4. It would not be hewn down and cast into the fire as must surely come to pass with the great and abominable church. “If it be not built upon my gospel, and is built upon the works of men, or upon the works of the devil, verily I say unto you they have joy in their works for a season, and by and by the end cometh, and they are hewn down and cast into the fire, from whence there is no return.” (3 Ne. 27:4-12.)

I testify that these are true teachings. We are living in the last days. Many of the organizations that influence our lives are from evil. They are part of this great, evil church. We need to be aware of this as we work to promote the various political parties that are vying for power here in the United States during this campaign. Which of these organizations is going to take this nation toward the light? Which of them is going to drag us down? Or are they both going to drag us down? And if so, what should we do about it? The voters of the USA are not without power, are they? To what church do we belong?

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11 Responses to There Are Only Two Churches

  1. elemansayfasi…

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  2. psychochemiker says:

    I find it funny that the book “Mormon Doctrine” never passed correlation.

    This article, on the other hand, did pass correlation as was actually published by the Church in the Ensign Magazine.

    Here’s my own post on the matter.

  3. Trevor says:

    Opeyemi,
    You can visit
    http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/worship-with-us
    to find a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint chapel nearest your home. The members there will be able to help you contact two missionaries that can teach you and family/friends how to prepare for baptism into the church, if you so desire.

    For more information online visit http://www.lds.org and http://www.mormon.org

    I hope this helps you find what you want to know.

  4. opeyemi says:

    i will like to know more about this organization,moreso about the procedure for becoming member

  5. Trevor says:

    The Catholic Church was the focus of McConkie’s views of the subject in earlier versions of MD. Personally I don’t think he was wrong if you read your history, just a little too focused on one aspect of Satan’s influence in the world. Isacc Newton wrote extensively attempting to interpret the prophecies of Daniel and John’s Revelation. Much of Newton’s comments about the great and abominable church go into proving just how wicked the Catholic Church was in his day and just how it rose to such power and prominence. He also was against the Church of England and the influence it tried to wield in his life. If you read the news today there is little doubt that the leadership of the Chatholic Church is massively in need of submitting to true Gospel principles and teachings. From their drive for the Iron Curtain to come down to their support of illegal immigration to the U.S. (both on the face “good” things), it is apparent that their true motivation is monetary gain.

    I have know many good and faithful Catholics that were righteous to the most perfect extent that their religion could allow. I respect and admire them and support them in their reaching out for God in their lives. I have also know many more Catholics that have fallen away by conscious choice because they saw the blatant wickedness of their leaders and knew that God could not possibly be guiding them to do those things. Many of those ex-Catholics threw the baby out with the bathwater and chose not to believe or trust in God at all. Doesn’t that sound like Satan’s ultimate goal fulfilled? Tragic!

    The current version of MD spells out the complete truth about the church of the devil and leaves the door open to all organizations or persons that would teach and live the doctrines of devils or men. McConkie evolved in his understanding of the issue, but he was never wrong, as far as I can tell particularly on this issue. The doctrine of the Two Ways or Two Churches has been taught and know in every age of mankind. One is Christ’s and one is the Devil’s. What may shock some members of the LDS church is that good, righteous people living the fullness of light that they have of any religion will obtain all the blessings of the Gospel including exaltation, whereas we who do not live up to the fullness of truth that we have may not! Tragic but true! They will obtain because they would accept the truth and live it completely if they had the chance and the Atonement saves and protects them from the consequences of their temporary ignorance. That’s confirmed by scripture and modern prophets. While mormons who do not follow their prophets and wander into strange paths risk finding themselves on the outside, forbidden entrance to the feast of the Bridegroom.

  6. Jay says:

    Didn’t McConkie say that the Catholic Church was the Church of the devil? I think the version you posted is how it was changed to read so that it actually agreed with church doctrine. I’ve known many LDS members through the years that continue to believe the Catholic Church is the Devil’s Church because of what McConkie wrote. I think it is telling that McConkie was told not to publish his book by the prophet. The Presidency must have been horrified when it was first put to print. Interestingly, after it came out GA’s weren’t allowed to publish books without them first being approved. Coincidence? Not likely.

  7. Of course, President Hinckley speaks the truth when he says “We” are winning, have a bright future, etc. But just exactly who does he refer to with his “We?” It is obvious that there are many individuals and groups who are not winning. Perhaps President Hinckley is referring not to the citizens of the United States or even God’s children here upon the earth. Perhaps by “We” he is referring to that small number of men and women who are actually seeking after him and trying to keep his commandments, do you think? I have always thought that the future is bright for the righteous and grim for the wicked. Is that a pessimistic view? Does Gordon B. Hinckley teach otherwise? In the last day, Jesus and those who love and follow him will be triumphant. But those who turn away from him and choose to follow the Adversary will not.

  8. Jim Cobabe says:

    Let me reiterate President Hinckley’s optimism, John.

    …The future never looked brighter…

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    …We are not losing…

    .

    …We are winning…

    .

  9. Jim Cobabe says:

    President Hinckley refers to the gulf dividing good and evil in his _Ensign_, June 2007 First Presidency Message, “An Unending Conflict, A Victory Assured”.

    President Hinckley speaks of wars and rumors of wars. But he asserts without equivocation that the forces of God are winning.

    The war goes on. It is waged across the world over the issues of agency and compulsion. It is waged by an army of missionaries over the issues of truth and error. It is waged in our own lives, day in and day out, in our homes, in our work, in our school associations; it is waged over questions of love and respect, of loyalty and fidelity, of obedience and integrity. We are all involved in it—child, youth, or adult, each of us. We are winning, and the future never looked brighter.

  10. Thank you, David. It is good to be back. I just hope I can keep myself at it with some regularity. I feel encouraged by Elder Ballard’s remarks in Hawaii.

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