Gospel Principles Chapter 1: Our Heavenly Father

Testing the words of LDS leaders with Biblical Truth:

January 2010

Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society

* LDS teaching that while God has a body of flesh and bones, the Holy Ghost is a Spirit. This is why the Holy Ghost can dwell in us but not God (page 6):

The Nature of God
• What are some of God’s attributes? Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26; 6:9), we know that our bodies are like His body. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.” [D&C 130:22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.]

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

Christ revealed that God the Father is a Spirit; and He dwells in the hearts of believers, the same as the Holy Ghost does:

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

“And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” 1 Corinthians 14:25

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:12-16

Jesus Christ dwells in believers:
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:10-19

“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:19-21

“For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.” 2 Corinthians 13:4-6

To read more about God’s physical nature, go to this blog Post: “God’s Nature: What Does He Look Like?” written January 14, 2010; or, Click here:
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* LDS teaching that all we have to do is obey His commands “as best we can” (pages 6-7):

By keeping His commandments we can become like Him”
We can know God if we will…
4. Obey all His commandments as best we can (see John 14:21–23). As we do these things, we will come to know God and eventually have eternal life.

Test these LDS Words with Biblical Truth:

John 14:21-23 says nothing about obeying God’s commands “as best we can:

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:21-23)

Not one single Bible passage supports the false teaching that all we have to do is try to keep the commands as best we can. Instead, Jesus commanded that our standard for obedience be Heavenly Father Himself:

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

The children of Israel were also commanded to be Holy, as God is:
“Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:2

Other supporting verses:

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Galatians 3:10

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:41-46

To read more about what God expects from us, read this blog Post: “After all you can do—-it isn’t enough!” written December 18, 2008; or, Click here:

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2009 Gospel Principles revisions (changes from 1997 edition):

* Taken out specifically that to become like him means to be a god:

Page 6—2009 edition; page 9—1997 edition:
“All good things come from God. Everything that he does is to help his children become like him—a god.”
Added two new Bible references to “Additional Scriptures”
Page 7—2009 edition; page 10—1997 edition:
• Amos 3:7 (God of revelation)
• John 3:16 (God of love)
Link to LDS.org Chapter 1, 1997 edition of Gospel Principles: