Tag Archives: atonement

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 […]

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 […]

Chapter 24: The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Vast in Its Reach, Intimate in Its Effect

During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The quotes from Hinckley are in bold, with my comments […]

Chapter 8: We Look to Christ

During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The quotes from Hinckley are in bold, with my comments […]

Mormon apostle urges gaining a sound and sure knowledge of the Atonement

By Sharon Lindbloom 25 March 2016 In preparation for Easter, the LDS Church’s March Ensign magazine includes a “Gospel Classic” article titled, “The Three Gardens of God.” Originally titled, “The Purifying Power of Gethsemane,” this was a General Conference address delivered by LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie in April 1985. The March 2016 Ensign article is […]

Mormonism 201 (Atonement): Response to Edward T. Jones

Response to Edward T. Jones Rejoinder by Mike Thomas In order to make this review easier to read, all original quotes from the Mormonism 201 rebuttal are boldfaced and italicized to separate these from the rest of the rejoinder. Some preliminary observations really should be made before moving on to the main themes of this […]

Why Not Gethsemane?

Why Not Gethsemane?

By Bill McKeever

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Mormonism Researched, May-June 2005.

Where Christ actually took upon Himself the sins of mankind has been a bone of contention between Mormons and Christians for decades.

In their book Third Nephi 9-30: This Is My Gospel, Mormon authors Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate correctly note,

Two parables about the Atonement

Understanding the Atonement of Christ is vital if we are to understand exactly what salvation is all about. In 1977, Apostle Boyd K. Packer told a parable that talked about a creditor, debtor, and a third party who paid the debt. Then this friend turns the tables and says that he is the debtor’s new creditor. Is this really the way that salvation works? Let’s consider Packer’s story and then tell a story of our own that makes much more biblical sense.

 

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