Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Did They Really Say That?!?
One cannot get into the kingdom of God upon the principle of faith alone, or repentance alone, or receiving the Holy Ghost alone. He will have to be baptized, go down in the water, and come up out of the water, and have hands laid upon him for the gift of the Holy Ghost. That is the procedure that was followed by the apostles of Christ. That is the procedure of the Church today. It is the only way.
Rudger Clawson, Conference Reports, October 1932, p.9.
Well, I’d say there is nothing in the Bible to back up this statement. What about the thief on the cross - was he baptized or did he have hands laid on him? No. So what did Jesus say? “Sorry pal, you are hell-bound because you didn’t get baptized.” Um, no. Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
What did Paul say was the requirement for salvation? According to Clawson, as an apostle he would have to follow the procedure Clawson spelled out. However, Paul said that, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Where is the mention of baptism or laying on of hands?
There are multitudes of passages in the Bible which say that the only requirement for salvation is faith in Christ and His atonement. Even the fact that Jesus said that his followers will “inherit” eternal life demonstrates that there is nothing we can do to qualify; an inheritance is always a gift, and no one works for a gift.
Mormons teach that there are works to be done in order to be saved. This is in direct contradiction to the Bible. This means that the LDS is a false belief system.