Mormonism and Eternal Truth

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



In chapter 12 of their 2010 edition of Gospel Principles, it appears as though the LDS heartily agrees that Christ bore our sins in His atonement, and that through faith in Him we can be saved. However, they neglect to mention the fact that they have redefined the meanings of the words atonement, salvation and saved, as well as their criteria for salvation. So when they talk about salvation, they mean something completely different to what the Bible teaches.


There are two types of salvation in Mormonism, both of which are unbiblical.

They maintain that Christ’s atonement only covers the first type, known as universal or general salvation. They call it “salvation by grace,” as nothing has to be done to earn it. It doesn’t even require a belief in Christ. (Now where will you find that in the Bible?) Its main purpose is to provide universal resurrection.

Their second type is individual salvation. But this can only be attained through membership of the LDS church, as the right to forgiveness of our own personal sins has to be earned through obedience to their laws and ordinances. (That’s not in the Bible either.)

“Salvation is twofold: General, that which comes to all men irrespective of a belief (in this life) in Christ, and Individual, that which man merits through his own acts through life and by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the [Mormon] gospel.” (Doctrines of Salvation, LDS President and Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, Volume I, page 134).

“The first effect (of the atonement) is to secure to all mankind alike, exemption from the penalty of the fall, thus, providing a plan of General Salvation. The second effect is to open a way for Individual Salvation whereby mankind may secure remission of personal sins. As these sins are the result of individual acts, it is just that forgiveness for them should be conditioned on individual compliance with prescribed requirements, obedience to the laws and ordinances of the [LDS] Gospel.(Articles of Faith, LDS Apostle James Talmage, page 87).

But what does the Bible say?

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7, KJV)
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross … ” (1 Peter 2:24, NASB)

The first two links lead to articles on both types of Mormon salvation, and the third leads to an article on biblical salvation:

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