“We believe the Word of God recorded in the Holy Bible; we also believe the Word of God recorded in the Book of Mormon, and in other good books.” -Eighth Article of Faith
In the standard sense, “scripture” is normally defined as texts or canon. These are sacred writings that are agreed to hold doctrine or doctrinal value for building theology in a denomination. Being a nondenominational movement, the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship has an open canon. We understand that Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God. We teach that it is to Jesus Christ that all scripture points. The true scriptures are written on our hearts. If our hearts point to Christ, then anything we read that leads us to God and His Christ become, in a sense, scripture.
That said, we do have books that are used in our movement as “binding works.” However, we do not insist anyone must believe in or see all of these works as binding on them. After all, “scripture” is a vast library of writings and numerous voices written in all over the world and at different times and in different circumstances. All written scripture reflect the author’s languages, conditions and cultures. All scriptures have flaws, as the Book of Mormon authors point out, because all scriptures are written by human beings. Thus our worship and or devotion bust be to God and not sacred writings.
Scriptures universally accepted by all Latter Day Saint/Mormon denominations include the Holy Bible (Old Testament & New Testament), and the Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints included the Apocrypha, and so do we. These are the fundamental scriptures of the Fellowship (see Doctrines of the Saints 3b:8, 4a:15-16).
Some denominations have their own versions of the Doctrine and Covenants, and some have additional wittiness, such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (CJCLdS) “Pearl of Great Price,” and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ (CJCLDS) “Voree plates” and “Book of the Law of the Lord.” Other works, such as the revelations through other prophets, the Holy Scriptures (IV/JST, Joseph Smith Jr.’s unfinished translation of the Bible), and works left out of the Bible; the Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha and other Sacred Writings, may be used depending on the denomination. These should not be considered doctrinal or binding on the Latter Day Saint movement or Mormonism as a whole. New scriptures must be sustained as such first by the body of each denomination within each branch of the Church of Jesus Christ here on the earth.
For the Fellowship
Being a nondenominational movement, the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship has an open canon. This means that while the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the official canonized books of scripture, they are not exclusive. On April 6, 2019 and 2020 the General Assembly of the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship voted and sustained additional books and revelations officially canon for use in our ministry.
- The Holy Bible, including the Old and New Testaments, and the Apocrypha (approved in 1830 by the Church of Christ)
- The Book of Enoch, also known as 1 Enoch (approved in 2019)
- The Book of Mormon (approved in 1830 by the Church of Christ)
- Read the 1830 edition here
- Read the RAV here (Community of Christ/RLDS)
- Read the OPV here (Brighamites/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or “CJCLdS”)
- Read Robert Kay’s edition (renamed Voices from the Dust) here:
- Read the Snufferites’ edition (renamed The Stick of Joseph in the Hands of Ephraim) as a PDF or find it here
- All sections of the 1844 Doctrine and Covenants, as presented by the Fellowship, and other Latter Day revelations voted in as canon by the Assembly of Saints (approved in 1830 by the Church of Christ, 1835 by the Church of Latter Day Saints, and in 2019-2020; a work in progress, see Doctrine of the Saints)
- The Book of the Law of the Lord (approved to add to the Doctrine of the Saints in 2019, or read the Mosaic Edition)
- The Book of Avahr (approved in 2019)
- The Book of Remembrance and other revelations from David, the First Elder(approved in 2019-2020)
- The Revelations of Havah Pratt (approved in 2020)
Because we are a nondenominational movement, any book seen as scripture may be used in Fellowship meetings, with rare exceptions. These would be personally canonized scriptures. They would not be binding on the movement, yet may be used to enlighten others through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The true Word of God is Jesus Christ. The true scriptures are written on our hearts.
A Work in Progress
This is not the restoration of some things, but the restoration of all things. Additional scriptures will be forthcoming. The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship has been instructed by the Lord to put together a collection of all the scriptures of the Latter Day Saint movement in a way not binding to the Fellowship, but as a library of books for all to study. We are going back to the original and restoring as much as possible by revelation and inspiration from the Lord Jesus Christ.