In my studies of the Bible I have never found times when God has rejected the worship of anyone who worshipped him in sincerity.

The only restrictions to worship other than worshipping in holiness as far as I have been able to find is in:

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:19-20, KJV)

And David in Psalms decreed:

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This [is] the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. (Psalms 24:3-6, KJV)

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (Psalms 29:2, KJV)

And in Hosea it says:

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6:6, KJV)

As far as I am able to determine God does not seem to be concerned except that we humbly worship him in righteousness.

So for those who do believe that God only accepts a single denomination, what scriptural passages do they use to back it up?

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    The issue is not whether or not our names are written on a particular denomination's membership roles, but whether or not it is written in the book of life.
    – Narnian
    Oct 7, 2014 at 12:59
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    Sincerity if you're wrong is deadly. So sure, humility and sincerity are essential, but so is truth.
    – curiousdannii
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:17
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    @curiousdannii You appear to be misreading my question, It is not whether they are right or wrong in their belief that I am asking, it is for the Scriptures they use so that I can research them for myself. I do not question anyone's devotion to God or whether they are right or wrong that is not for me to judge, it is for Jesus to judge. That does not mean that I cannot be curious about their Interpretation of Scriptures. I have been wrong once before in my 76 years so I am curious.
    – BYE
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:36
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    I'm just wary of sincerity language because of those who like to say that sincere Muslims will be accepted by god.
    – curiousdannii
    Oct 8, 2014 at 3:43
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    The answer to this question depends on whom you ask.
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    Nov 26, 2014 at 0:33

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The first scripture that occurs to me in this connection is Galatians 1:8, where St. Paul writes: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema."


21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23, NIV)

A person who claims Jesus as their Lord (ie a Christian) must do the will of Jesus' Father, Almighty God. Even if they do all sorts of great things, if they don't do what the Father says to do, they will be rejected.

Some denominations do certain things based on what they interpret as God's will, so they may believe that other denominations not doing those God-willed things would be rejected, according to this verse.


(LDS view)

“One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism”

Mormons are strong proponents of the claim that only one denomination of Christianity is recognized by God, and that all other denominations:

"...teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof." (Joseph Smith History 1:19)

One scripture that they use to support this is Ephesians 4:5

"One Lord, one faith, one baptism,"

There is only one true God, so there can only be one true Church.

An excellent explanation of this scripture is given in Chapter 44 of the New Testament Student Manual:

The word “one” appears seven times in Ephesians 4:4–6. Oneness and unity are important themes in Ephesians and in Paul’s other writings. Paul constantly preached about unity and prayed for unity among Church members (see Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11). In modern times, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that unity is a key law of the celestial kingdom (see D&C 105:3–5). There is only one true Lord, one true faith, one true baptism, and one true Father of all.

Elder Delbert L. Stapley (1896–1978) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of the critical role Apostles played in maintaining unity and pure doctrine:

“After Jesus put his apostles in charge of the Church anciently, they preached the same unity of doctrine and practiced the same ordinances which Jesus had given them. …

“… As long as they remained on the earth, functioning under the authority Jesus gave them, unity of doctrine and uniformity of the ordinances prevailed. The gospel message, which they were commanded to take to all the world, was the same to everyone everywhere. People were not taught different gospels and then given a choice. There was only one plan for all.

“Because of the universality of these requirements for salvation, the apostle Paul wrote: ‘There is … one Lord, one faith, one baptism.’ (Eph. 4:4–5.) …

One church, one authorized ministry, one orthodox gospel doctrine, and one Holy Ghost characterized the church of Jesus Christ in His time. ‘For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.’ (1 Cor. 14:33.) Thus God’s revelation to leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ was reasonable, consistent, and unified.

“It was only after the death of Christ’s apostles that revelation ceased. The pure doctrines Christ taught became diluted with the philosophy of the world, and profane innovations appeared in the ordinances of the church. Eventually, that which had once been clear and understandable became mythical and confusing” (“What Constitutes the True Church,” Ensign, May 1977, 22).

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