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On top of having faith in Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe that the following are required for exaltation:
- Being temple-worthy
- Going through the temple endowment ceremony
- Wearing your temple garments day and night
- Not drinking coffee and tea
- Being married for time and eternity in the temple
- Being sealed to your family for time and eternity
- performing baptisms for the dead
- obeying all callings in the LDS Church
- paying a 10% tithe
- Doing all you can do, and hopefully that’s good enough.
- and an endless list of works
First of all, if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is really a true restoration of New Testament Christianity, then why are the topics listed above not commanded in the New Testament? Also, in the Bible, why does the prophet Isaiah explain that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” before God? (see Isaiah 64:6) If good works help us to gain salvation in any way, then why does the Apostle Paul say the following in Romans 3:10-12:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
If our good works don’t do us any good, then why do Latter-day Saints insist that they have a part to play in our salvation? The answer is: they don’t. Works don’t have a part to play in our salvation. We are saved by grace through our faith in Christ, and works are a way to show our faith after we’re saved, as it is a way to evidence our faith. After all, James says that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).
In Mormonism, there is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith. In other words, Jesus is not enough in Mormonism. LDS Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith blasphemously declared:
“[There is] no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith. If Joseph Smith was verily a prophet, and if he told the truth… no man can reject that testimony without incurring the most dreadful consequences, for he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:190)
Think about this. In the Bible, Jesus clearly taught that no man comes to the Father other than through Him [Jesus]! Acts 4:12 (NASB) says this about Jesus: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
If this is true, then Joseph Smith cannot be another name that people have to go through. Sadly, this is not the case in Mormon theology.
Mormons, think about it. I pray that you may rely solely on the name of Jesus for your salvation. You don’t have to have an endless list of things you’re trying to do on your own for salvation. That’s a tremendous weight that Jesus never meant for you to carry. The Good News is that you don’t have to carry that weight and wonder if you’re doing enough. I know what it’s like to feel the weight of it as I used to believe in the Book of Mormon and was preparing to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When you come into a relationship with Jesus, you’ll realize that the LDS Church does not have the Truth.
This may take time. I understand. However, it’s important to continue reading what the Bible says. You can trust the Bible. I challenge you to read the four Gospels as a child one.
Jesus said that if we don’t become as a child, we can never enter the kingdom of heaven. He says this in Matthew 18:3 (NIV): “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
What does it mean to become like little children? It means that children can understand simple things. A child can truly understand the Gospel.
Please know that Jesus is there for you–His yoke is easy and His burden is light! Feel free to lay everything down to Him; come to Him, and you will truly find rest!