Crash Course Mormonism: The Gospel

By Eric Johnson According to Mormonism, the Gospel includes all doctrines, principles, laws, ordinances, and covenants that are necessary for a Latter-day Saint to receive exaltation, also known as eternal life. The “restored Gospel” is said to have begun with Joseph Smith and can be found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seventh President … Read more

Crash Course Mormonism: Forgiveness

By Eric Johnson Forgiveness of sins according to Mormonism is available to those who repent and then 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

“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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

¿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 … Read more

Is understanding the Trinity necessary for one’s salvation?

This is one in a series on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. To see MRM’s website page on the Trinity to see other resources, please click here. By Eric Johnson Some have wondered if understanding the Trinity is necessary for one’s salvation. The answer is no. As Harold Lindsell and Charles Woodbridge put it, The mind … Read more

Do Christians believe that they can say a prayer for salvation and then sin like hell?

En Espanol By Eric Johnson  A false stereotype some may have about Evangelical Christianity is that good works are not important. Hence, it is thought by those outside Christianity that all a person needs to do is walk down a church aisle, say a little prayer, and presto, salvation is secure and a person can now … Read more

Do Christians believe that they can say a prayer for salvation and then sin like hell?

Do Christians believe that they can say a prayer for salvation and then sin like hell? By Eric Johnson  A false stereotype some people outside Christianity may have about Evangelical Christianity is that good works are not important to their faith. Hence, it is assumed that a person merely needs to walk down a church aisle, … Read more

What must I do to be saved?

What must I do to be saved?

By Eric Johnson

In the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Acts, a story is told about Paul and Silas that proves to be very interesting. The two men had been arrested in Philippi. While they were in jail “praying and singing hymns to God,” there was a “violent earthquake. “All the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.” Because he would be counted as responsible for the missing prisoners, the jailer on duty was about to commit suicide when Paul and Silas yelled for him to stop before he could harm himself.

How Can I Be Sure that I am Saved?

How Can I Be Sure that I am Saved?

By Eric Johnson

It is common for Christians to sometimes doubt their salvation and think they may no longer be accepted by God. These doubts may occur after they have sinned or struggled with their faith. At one time or another, many faithful Christians have asked, “What if I’m not good enough? And what if God doesn’t love me anymore?”

Justification by Faith and the Book of James

When the subject of salvation comes up, many Mormons use certain biblical passages to support the LDS idea that good works are necessary for a person to receive salvation. It is clear Mormonism is a religion that stresses good works. Latter-day Saints are generally good people who are known for clean, wholesome living, volunteer service, and a rabid dedication to their families.  So, when a Christian says “salvation” comes by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), the average Mormon bristles. “What about James 2:20?” they oftentimes say, referring to the passage possibly quoted more often by Mormons than any other.

Latter-day Saints: Would you be willing to take the Romans Challenge?

Everyone has presuppositions. There are many ways we have been influenced, including our culture and the people in our surroundings. Even our religious faith might be something we garnered from our community. Since it is not possible that all paths lead to God, we would like to challenge you to read the book of Romans in the New Testament. Read it as a little child as if you were reading it all the way through for the first time. Write down some notes and put checks next to those verses that you think are crucial. Once you are done, consider whether or not your spiritial belief is in agreement wiht the book of Romans. The conclusion you draw might just surprise you!

 

Can Christians be Assured of their Salvation?

By Edward Mellott

“These things have I written unto you that believe in the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

The Law of Sacrifice as Opposed to Christ’s Perfect Sacrifice

Many scriptures remind us that our salvation has been purchased by the final, perfect sacrifice of Christ. However, in the article The Law of Sacrifice (Ensign, Oct 1998, pp. 6-13) LDS Apostle M. Russell Ballard reflects a different point of view – one more in keeping with the view that salvation must be earned. To some it may appear that he is merely describing the ‘sacrificial’ nature of living for God. It shouldn’t take much examination to realize that Ballard is saying more than that. This becomes evident early on with such statements as “While its practice changed during the New Testament period, the purposes of the law of sacrifice remained in place even after the Atonement of Christ fulfilled the law of Moses.” In other words, Christ’s offering of Himself on the cross did not make a final end to the need for sacrifices, but this provided an important part of the plan.

Is Mormonism Moving Toward a Protestant View of Grace and Works? Seventy Calls Such a Notion a "Misconception."

By Bill McKeever

In recent years some Christians have insisted that the Mormon Church has been slowly abandoning its heretical roots and coming closer to embracing a more biblical soteriology. While we would like nothing more than to see this actually happen, we have been reluctant to engage in similar optimism. A speech given by Seventy Bruce Hafen in General Conference in April 2004 confirms our doubts.