We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mormonism’s Gospel and Salvation

The Gospel

As defined by Bruce McConkie in Mormon Doctrine, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan of salvation. It embraces all of the laws, principles, doctrines, rites, ordinances, acts, powers, authorities, and keys necessary to save and exalt men in the highest heaven hereafter. It is the covenant of salvation which the Lord makes with men on earth.” Notice that their gospel includes many rites and works performed.

When we look to the Bible for the Christian definition of the gospel, what do we find? In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul defines the gospel in verses 3-4 as being, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” And when we look to the Bible as to what rites or works are required we find that the only requirement for salvation is defined plainly in Romans 10:9: “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” As to works, we are also plainly told in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Even Isaiah 64:6 tells us that, “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” before God.


Eternal salvation for the Mormon depends on baptism and obedience to the ordinances and discipline of the church, and upon a life of good works. "The Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the plan of salvation. It is a system of rules by complying with which salvation may be gained." (E.F. Perry, The Scrapbook.) "It embraces all of the laws, principles, doctrines, rites, ordinances, acts, powers, authorities, and keys necessary to save and exalt men in the highest hereafter... It is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 331-334.)

In the Christian church, salvation is based only on faith in Christ, that one believes He was crucified for our sins and died and was raised from the dead. (John 3:16; Rom. 5:12-6:23; Rom. 10:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-8, et al). The Bible is replete with passages telling us that faith alone saves, and that our works are only evidence of that faith.

As you can readily see from this synopsis, when speaking with a Mormon about the Gospel or salvation, you need to define your words. They use the same words, but they mean something totally different. Their gospel is what Paul warned us against in Galatians 1:6-9, and their mode of salvation has no similarity at all to what Scripture says.

Proof again that Mormons are not Christians.


Anonymous said...

Glenn, do you ever watch Glenn Beck on FOX news? Just asking because Beck has been doing programs on subjects which overlap with religious truth. He does programs about America's founding fathers and so their faith is brought up. He did one on George Whitefield because of his influence on our country during the time of the founders. This week Beck did at least one program revealing the tragic error of Black Liberation theology (BLT) and how it compares to true Christianity. He used diagrams, etc. and he clearly presented the gospel of Christ, complete with cross and empty tomb. He nailed the differences between true Christianity and BLT. I bring this up because Glenn Beck is a MOrmon. What are your thoughts on his presenting the gospel? He has had true Christians on his program too, like David Barton of Wallbuilders to talk about Amer History. So I can't decide if this is a good thing or not. Do you think it has the potential to confuse people? Yes it's the truth, but......

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I don't get Fox on my rabbit-ear TV - I don't get much of anything. I have listened to Beck on the radio and don't like him there because he prattles too much. I have his excellent book, "Arguing with Idiots."

Beck likes to promote Christianity to make it appear he is a real Christian, but while we speak the same words, our meanings are different. If he presented what appeared to be a solid gospel message, it is by using different meanings. The problem with this is that it does indeed lead people who are uninformed about the LDS to assume they are true Christians.

Christians coming on his program to present historical data about the USA is okay, but they should always make a caveat statement about their differences with LDS theology.

I do indeed think it has the potential to confuse people.