I don’t dislike Mormons (hey, I’ll even give the name a capital letter) but their teaching rejects the biblical gospel. I don’t want to keep going with this too much, but if you read the last post you will know that it is of interest to me due to an encounter yesterday. I did a little more research today and I found the sweetest article that I would love to share with you. It so elegantly comes the the essential problem that all Mormons must face. Here are a couple of short extracts – but PLEASE GO READ THE FULL ARTICLE!
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that its members are to strive to be perfect… Very often Mormons will quote…
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” (Matt. 5:48).
Note it says to be perfect, not become perfect… In addition, the book of Mormon says:
“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do,” (2 Nephi 25:23).
Note that it says they are saved by grace after all they can do. This confirms the Mormon teaching of working very hard to be good, to do good works, and to attain to the highest level of exaltation….Spencer W. Kimball (a Mormon) said: “Being perfect means to triumph over sin”…This is not good news…the Bible says “through the Law comes the knowledge of sin,” (Rom. 3:20). The Law, the commandments…condemns us by revealing our sinfulness. And since anyone who keeps the Law must keep all of the Law, and since he cannot, He is only fit to be cast out into outer darkness for not being perfect!…Justification is the legal declaration by God where God declares the sinner righteous in His sight. Notice that this justification is by faith, not by keeping the Law in any way;
- Rom. 3:28-30, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”
- Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,”
- Rom. 5:1, “therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
- Gal. 2:16, “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”