Mormonism and Eternal Truth

Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
(Henri-Frederic Amiel)


In Mormonism general salvation through Christ’s atonement merely amounts to resurrection. It does not include forgiveness of personal sins or eternal life. This is a travesty of what the Bible teaches. It diminishes what Christ did for us on the cross. And it flies in the face of the picture of salvation from sin provided for us by the Levitical substitutionary sacrifices under the Old Covenant (c/f Leviticus 4:27-31, Numbers 15:22-26, etc.)

Furthermore, it makes null and void the entire biblical record concerning salvation from personal sins through faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice, as taught by Himself, His apostles, and the primitive church:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:14,15, KJV).
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14, KJV)

Mormon teaching is that the purpose of the atonement was to cover Adam’s original sin, thereby reversing the consequence of the fall, which is death. This would ensure immortality for all. And as it is by grace, they say that even those who do not have faith in Christ will receive this general salvation (i.e. resurrection).

“All men are saved by grace alone without any act on their part, meaning they are resurrected.” (Apostle Bruce McConkie, What the Mormons Think of Christ, page 28).
“Those who gain only this general or unconditional salvation will still be judged according to their works and receive their places in a terrestrial or telestial kingdom. They will therefore be damned.” (LDS Apostle McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, page 669).

But nowhere does the Bible teach us that the atonement only guarantees our resurrection. (The LDS refers to this as immortality, which is not the same thing as their idea of eternal life.)

In contrast to LDS teachings, the Bible promises that if we trust in Christ, He will forgive our sins and grant us eternal life:

“To him (Christ) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43, KJV)
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life …” (1 John 5:13, KJV)

The following links lead to an article that explains what the Bible teaches about salvation, and another on the LDS’s teaching on personal or conditional salvation, which provides for forgiveness of personal sin.

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