Titus 2:11-12; “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”
Looking at Thomas Monson’s speech at General Conference reminded me of all the warnings Paul gave to new believers in Galatia, and the more I read, the darker my outlook became for the Mormon people. Today we’re taking a quick look at a couple of key items in his speech you can access at the embedded link above.
‘I testify of the great gift which is our Father’s plan for us. It is the one perfect path to peace and happiness. …
Essential to the plan is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without His atoning sacrifice, all would be lost. It is not enough, however, merely to believe in Him and His mission. We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve.’
How could ‘all be lost’ without Jesus’ sacrifice if work is needed to live the ‘perfect plan of happiness’?
What is included in Jesus’ sacrifice?
If ‘all would be lost’, what exactly, would be lost?
What part of salvation did Jesus’ sacrifice cover?
What is included in the ‘work’ Mormons must do for salvation?
Is there a comprehensive list somewhere giving detailed information of everything required?
It seems that Mormon salvation is a moving target. No matter what you’ve done to achieve their standard, there’s always ‘one more thing’ still left undone.
Clearly, Jesus’ work on the cross for us was insufficient if Mormons feel they still have work to do.
‘We need to know God’s laws and live them. We need to receive His saving ordinances. Only by so doing will we obtain true, eternal happiness.’
Is there a list of these laws? What about the saving ordinances? Are they different than the Laws?
In the OT, Pharisees had a comprehensive list of 613 laws one was required to obey in order to receive salvation. Is this included in the Mormon god’s laws and ordinances?
Paul, being a Benjamite himself, meant that he was on the council of Pharisees, so he definitely knew the Law. He came from the upper echelon of Jewish families, and had a good grasp on what it meant to leave his family for Jesus. Consider what he wrote telling new believers what was at risk if they held onto the traditions encased with the Law.
Galatians 5:1-4; “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
To ‘fall from grace’ is the worst thing that could happen to a believer, yet this is what happens when you try to mix the Law with grace. We could spend a lifetime discussing just this one topic within this idea, however we’re cutting this short with the hope you as a Mormon, will study this on your own.
Mr. Monson also declared Mormons have the truth and are required to share it with others.
We are blessed to have the truth. We have a mandate to share the truth. Let us live the truth, that we might merit all that the Father has for us…” – Thomas S. Monson
Truth in Mormonism is far different than orthodox Christianity. If truth is predicated on what the God of the Bible says, Mormonism is anything but truthful. Every doctrine they espouse is diametrically opposed to biblical standards.
Please, don’t forget to pray for these dear, dear people. Pray that God will cause them to think about their prophet’s word and begin to question his measure of truth.
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor. 1:18