Category Archives: Repentance and Salvation

2 Nephi 25:23: Saved by grace “in spite of” all we can do?

By Eric Johnson Note: The following was originally printed in the November/December 2018 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. At a recent church meeting where I spoke about The Miracle of Forgiveness evangelistic approach described in a chapter found in Sharing the Good News with Mormons (Kregel, 2018), two young male LDS missionaries […]

The Boast of Joseph

By Eric Johnson Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made this boast a month before he was shot to death in a gun battle at the Carthage Jail: “Come on! ye prosecutors! Ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! For I will […]

Review: Changed Through His Grace

Book written by Brad Wilcox Reviewed by Bill McKeever When Brigham Young University professor, Brad Wilcox, gave his “His Grace is Sufficient” talk at BYU in 2011, Latter-day Saints were using his words to give the impression that Mormonism’s version of grace was not all that different from what most Christians believe. However, when one carefully […]

Joseph Smith is needed if the atonement to be “fully efficacious”

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the May/June 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. In the first volume of Doctrines of Salvation, tenth Mormon President Joseph Fielding Smith made it very clear that there is “no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith” (1:188). While some might think that Mormonism […]

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 […]

Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?

Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  To listen to a 5-part Viewpoint on Mormonism series that originally aired January 2-6, 2017, click the following: Part 1  Part 2   Part 3  Part 4  Part 5   By Eric Johnson The title for this article is the actual title for […]

What is so amazing about the Mormon version of Grace?

Note: The following was originally printed in the September/October 2016 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever  John Newton (1725-1807), the slave trader turned Anglican pastor, wrote many hymns during his lifetime, but none have enjoyed as much fame as “Amazing Grace.” According to Newton biographer, Jonathan Aitken, “Amazing Grace” is […]

Matthew 5:48: Is Perfection an Achievable Goal?

By Eric Johnson This article originally appeared in the Christian Research Journal vol 39 no. 6. Jesus taught in Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father, which is in heaven is perfect” (KJV). This verse has been quoted many times over the years by top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ […]