Category Archives: Christian Doctrines and Theology

Crash Course Mormonism: Forgiveness

By Eric Johnson Forgiveness according to Mormonism is available to those who are completely obedient to the covenants made at baptism, in sacrament services, and at the temple. Let’s take a closer look at all that is required. The Standard Works According to the Doctrine and Covenants, there are several aspects to receiving forgiveness of sins. For one, […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Atonement

By Eric Johnson Mormonism’s definition of the atonement is unique when compared to what has been historically taught in biblical Christianity. The Cross For Mormons, the symbol of the cross is a negative symbol because it is taught that the atonement took place in the Garden of Gethsemane. Tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith explained, GREATEST SUFFERING […]

“We have to be clean”: Does Mormonism offer a biblical solution?

By Eric Johnson Check out a 4-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast on this article that originally aired May 21-24, 2019  Part 1   Part 2  Part 3  Part 4   Seventy Allen D. Haynie gave a talk at the October 2015 General Conference titled “Remembering in Whom We have Trusted.” It was originally published in the November 2015 Ensign on pages 121-23. […]

Sin, Trespass, and Transgression

Note: The following was originally printed in the March/April 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever Writing to the Christian church in Rome, the apostle Paul notes that “sin came into the world through one man” (5:12). The context clearly shows that the “man” Paul had in mind was Adam […]

Ever Wondered What Mormons Believe?

by Sharon Lindbloom 19 February 2018 The LDS Church recently released seven new one-minute videos via its web presence geared toward non-Mormons, Mormon.org. The videos discuss parenting, prayer, and basic beliefs held by Mormons. The three videos that fall into this last category are “60 Mormon Beliefs in 60 Seconds,” “Do Mormons Really Believe in […]

Grace unto Works

Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever  When speaking to individuals who place a strong emphasis on personal performance when it comes to being justified before God, one can unwittingly fail to emphasize that the New Testament has much to […]

Does James 1:5 teach about praying for a testimony?

By Eric Johnson This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 37, number 6 (2014). There is nothing more important to a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormon) than having a personal “testimony” confirm the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and, ultimately, Mormonism.  James 1:5 was first […]

Why do Christians consider the Bible to be the exclusive source of truth?

By Eric Johnson The following was part of an email addressed to MRM’s Eric Johnson, dated 9/14/16, regarding the Bible. My question for you is how you view the Bible as a whole. To me, it doesn’t really make sense to view the Bible itself as a final and ultimate source of religious truth (obviously), but […]

¿Creen los Cristianos que pueden decir una oración para ser salvo y luego pecar como el diablo?

Por Eric Johnson  Un estereotipo falso que caracteriza el Cristianismo Evangélico es que las buenas obras no son importantes. Por lo tanto, los de afuera del Cristianismo opinan que lo único que debe hacer una persona es pasar por la iglesia, recitar una oración corta, y zas, la salvación está asegurada y la persona ahora puede […]

7 ways Mormon leaders aren’t budging on traditional LDS doctrines

By Eric Johnson There are some Christians—including those possessing Ph.D.’s—who have come to the conclusion that Mormonism has moved ever so close to Christian orthodoxy in recent years. While some folks—including a few BYU professors and LDS apologists—appear seem to delight in allowing this impression to be made to the outside world, this isn’t what I am finding when […]

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