Bible References About
One True Church
The LDS church makes the claim that it is the only True and Living Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. This may seem like a bold claim for the Church to make, considering that it is still new compared to the hundreds of other Christian sects. They do not claim this because it's one of the fastest growing religions, or because the members are more righteous than others. It is the true church of Jesus Christ because it is the only one with the fullness of His Gospel, the only church with proper authority to exercise the keys of His Priesthood, and it is the only church led by Christ himself through revelation. No matter whom the president of the church is Jesus will be at the head of it. It is His church.
The concept of there only being one church is not foreign to the bible. For example, you don't read about different denominations of Jews in the Old Testament while they were led by a prophet. There are different Jewish Sects with differing doctrines in the New Testament because the Jews fell into apostasy after the prophets were all killed and all they had to rely on were scriptural texts. Here are the biblical references that teach how there will only be one true church. If for no other reason, than the belief that God cannot contradict himself in key matters of doctrine, and with multiple churches contradictions are a certainty.
"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
Jesus is teaching that He must go teach his other sheep, which were the Nephites in the Americas. He teaches that there will be one fold under one shepherd, not one hundred sects making one fold under a bunch of interpretations of one shepherd.
"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are."
Jesus is praying for His church to be one as He and Heavenly Father are one, which is one in purpose and belief. Multiple religions can't be one when they have conflicting beliefs and doctrines. A church that teaches baptism isn't required can't be one with a church that does. A church that teaches homosexual unions are allowed can't be one with a church that doesn't. A religion that teaches Jesus isn't the Savior can't be one with a religion that does. Therefore, there really only can be one true religion, because no two religions are exactly alike. If they were then one of them wouldn't be necessary.
1 Corinthians 12:13-14, 25
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
This whole chapter is Paul explaining the various gifts of the spirit which are present in a church that has the priesthood authority and the Holy Ghost. Each person in the church has a different gift from God and comes from a different background yet each individual makes up the whole "body" of the church. Paul stresses that even though there are many parts to the body, there is only one body, which can be interpreted as meaning only one church. He also states that there can be no schisms in the body.
Now to clarify why this means there can only be one church, as there was in the days when Paul explained this. Just taking a quick glance at the hundreds of Christian churches in existence today, it doesn't take much to notice all the disputes about beliefs, practices, doctrines, and authority that divide each denomination. It would be impossible to join all these churches, even the Protestant sects, into one church. Therefore, all of them do not make "one body without schisms". There can only be one church. I testify that it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the only church on Earth with the keys of priesthood authority and the gifts of the spirit.
Ephesians 4: 3-5
"Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism,"
These verses refer to the church as a whole. One body means one church. Not many churches, faiths, or sects. Paul also teaches there is one faith and one baptism. This means the church must have the same faith in the same Savior, and His teachings, and no schisms in doctrine. One baptism refers to being baptized once using the style set by Jesus. It does not say, or even imply that you can either be immersed or sprinkled. It's either one or the other, and must be done with proper authority.
"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body."
Paul teaches in this verse that the head of the True Church must be Christ. Paul is speaking literally, not symbolically.
The general day-to-day affairs of the church are handled by men who hold the priesthood and receive inspiration from The Lord. Christ must be the one to set the doctrines and standards of the Church. Any change in policy or practice must be directed through revelation by Jesus Christ to His prophets.
As a Side Note:
Jesus stated that, in the time of his earthly ministry, there was only one true church. While speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, she said that she believed that she would be saved because of her lineage. She kept the law, and the Samaritans were a lineage split from the Jews some generations before. He states in verse 22 that, at that time, salvation was only through the Jews. This is due to the covenant with the Jews. This illustrates that even then, there was only one Covenant church.