Two great concerns led to the founding of the Church of the Lutheran Confession in 1960:

Concern for upholding the full truth of God’s Word and the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, apart from whom there is no salvation.
Concern over the mixing of the false teachings of men with the true Word of God. False teaching poses a serious threat to our Christian faith. Satan tries to use it to undermine our confidence in the authority and reliability of the Bible. His ultimate goal is to destroy our faith completely by undermining our confidence in the Lord Jesus and His work of redemption.
This presentation is divided into two parts. Part one is a side-by-side listing of true doctrines of the Bible and false doctrines taught by various religious groups. Part two consists of a chart that identifies these groups with some of the errors they teach.1

We pray that this presentation will prove helpful to you as you seek to fulfill the responsibility God has given you as a Christian to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). May the Holy Spirit bless you with an abiding love for the truth of God’s Word and keep you in it unto eternal life. May He also bless you with eagerness and zeal for sharing with those around you the truth in Christ Jesus, the only name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

1. The reader should bear in mind that not all pastors within a specific religious group will openly promote these errors. Some groups do not hold their leaders to a particular standard of doctrine. Others bodies, while not officially promoting a particular teaching error, tolerate in their midst those who do. If you have questions about whether a particular religious group is teaching God’s Word faithfully, ask your pastor. He will be happy to assist you.



ELCA: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELS: Evangelical Lutheran Synod (in fellowship with WELS)
LC-MS: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
WELS: Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (in fellowship with ELS)


BAP: Baptist
CHAR: Charismatic
CoC: Church of Christ
EPIS: Episcopal
HB: Holiness Bodies
RC: Roman Catholic
REF: Reformed2
SDA: Seventh Day Adventist

2Major denominations that fall within this group include: Assembly of God, Baptist, Church of God, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and the United Church of Christ.

Non-Christian Churches

CS: Christian Science
J: Jewish
JW: Jehovah’s Witnesses
LDS: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
U: Unitarian

(Non-Christian Churches are any religious group that denies the humanity or divinity of Jesus Christ or that rejects the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity.)

Part 1: Teaching Differences Arranged By Doctrine

Part 2: False Teachings Arranged By Religious Group