Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 74: March 28, 1912
We find by reading I. Cor. 1: 12-13, that a similar condition existed in early times to that of to-day. There were divisions among the people. Some were teaching one thing, others another. The Apostle Paul's Opinion of this matter will be of interest. Let us see if he regarded it as a reason for congratu lation. He did not say, Go ahead; you are all aiming for the same place. Understand the doctrines as you please, for it shows an investigating spirit when there is division amongst you. His words lead us to believe that he was far from pleased with their wranglings. He does say, Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Paul, therefore, believed that the followers of Jesus should be of one mind, and he asks, Is Christ divided? Then, allowing his righteous indignation full sway, he exclaims, I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. The Savior Himself ad vances the idea, that there can only be one true church, when He says, this, gospel of the kingdom (matt. 24: and to Peter, upon this rock I will build my church (matt. 16: That means one church, not several.
From these passages we easily see that Christ established but one church, and that He left but one gospel, as the apostle explains, One Lord, one faith, one baptism. (eph. So all of the modern sects cannot be right the one true church will be modelled after the early church and will be the only receptacle of Divine authority. The scriptures tell us how the church was founded and received its authority in the beginning.
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