Mormon Salvation - What Does It Mean?
Immortality is to live forever in the resurrected state with body and spirit inseparably connected… Immortality is a free gift which comes by grace alone without works on man’s part. [Mormon Doctrine, p.p. 376-77]
The mere fact of the resurrection is called salvation by grace alone. [Mormon Doctrine, p. 671]
It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by his atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality. [LDS Bible Dictionary, p. 697]
THE BIBLE TEACHES
The teaching that salvation pertains to the exaltation of men and women to the state of becoming gods is not found anywhere is the Bible.
What does the Bible say about mortals becoming gods?
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. [Isaiah 43:10]
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. [Isaiah 44:6]
The only place where it is mentioned that men and women can become gods in the Bible does not come from God, but from the Devil. Here we find Satan in his craftiness, deceiving Eve into eating what God told her not to eat.
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [Genesis 3:1-5]
He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. [John 8:44]
Salvation by grace alone is not an untrue doctrine. The Bible does indeed teach that salvation is solely by grace alone and not by works.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight… Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [Romans 3:20, 24, 28]
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [Titus 3:5-7]
And if by grace, then is it no more of works [Romans 11:6]
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified… I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. [Galatians 2:16, 21]
For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.[Ephesians 2:8-9]
Salvation in its full sense pertains to the attainment of godhood.
Godhood can be gained by being obedient to the laws and ordinances stipulated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It is only through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where people can find salvation.
Salvation by grace alone pertains to the resurrection of the body
THE BIBLE TEACHES
Godhood cannot be attained because there is and will always be only one God.
The teaching that men may become gods originated from the Devil.
It is only through God’s mercy where one can find salvation and become heirs of eternal life.
Salvation is a gift of God. Those who are saved will sit together in heavenly places.
Atonement For Sin - Where Was It Paid?
The payment of sins is the greatest gift God has provided for sinful humanity. To have our sins - all our sins - washed away is the most liberating experience individuals can have for all eternity. To know that we can have peace with God is the greatest hope.
Without liberty though, there is bondage. Where there is bondage there is no peace, no hope. And the enemies of liberty will do anything (including deception) to keep their victims in captivity.
Picture in your mind a room with an open door frame where the door had been removed. On the other side of the room is a deceiver's voice coming from a wall as thick as eternity. The Deceiver calls: "Take your hammer and chisel and strike this wall. I am God, and I offer you freedom if you can just get to me. Work, work, work for your salvation, and whatever you do, don't turn around!" He also causes a blindness so his victims cannot see the removed door.
God tells us in Hebrews 10:10-12 that Jesus Christ offered one sacrifice for sins forever.
Colossians 2:13-14 tells us that transgression and sins were dealt with and nailed to the cross.
Ephesians chapter 2 tells us that it was on the cross where God's work of grace was performed to reconcile us to God.
And Romans 3:22-28 tells us that redemption is given freely to all who will believe in Jesus Christ; that cleansing from sin is through faith alone in His blood, and not of works.
So the message of salvation is clear: On the cross alone, Jesus Christ became the offering for the full payment of sin, so that if anyone - meaning you - will believe in and receive the Lord Jesus Christ, having faith in His blood, will be saved and be reconciled to God for all eternity. (See also John 1:12 and John 3:16)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints however, points not to Christ's death on the cross alone as the place and act of redemption, but they say he bled from every pore and suffered for sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. (See Mormon Doctrine, p. 555)
The LDS Church also claims that the message of salvation by grace alone is wrong; that to be reconciled to God, one must work his way to salvation.
Our prayer at Doorway Christian Outreach is that if you are being deceived by the voice of Mormonism, trying to work your way to salvation; that God would lift the veil from your eyes so that you may see that the door is removed by Jesus' death on the cross, and that you hear His voice saying to you, "Drop your hammer and chisel and come to Me. The Doorway is open."
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