What are the Mormon requirements for salvation and entrance into heaven? This is where Mormonism has a lot of holes and problems. First of all, being saved in Mormonism means to be saved from prison in the spirit world and later entering the celestial kingdom in heaven. According to the Book of Mormon:
2 Nephi 25:23 - For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
So it is by grace we are saved, AFTER we do all we can do? What does that mean? The Bible is much more clear:
Ephesians 2:8-9 – for by grace ye are having been saved, through faith, and this not of you – of God the gift, not of works, that no one may boast; (YLT)
The Bible clearly states that no works on our part are necessary for salvation. However, Mormons disagree with this. Here is another quote from their doctrine:
“And again we bear record – for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just – They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given – That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power; And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.” – Doctrine and Covenants 76:50-53
In this quote Mormons say that salvation requires understanding of Jesus’ testimony, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, and overcoming your problems with faith. Sure these are all good things that can be apart of the Christian life. However, they are not NECESSARY for salvation. Next, they give mixed messages about how Jesus is involved in salvation. They claim that his death and resurrection allows salvation to be possible, but look at this:
“There is not a man or woman , who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it” – Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 247
So the blood of Christ does not pay for our sins? But according to the Bible:
Romans 5:8-9 – and God doth commend His own love to us, that in our being still sinners, Christ did die for us; much more, then having been declared righteous now in his blood, we shall be saved through him from the wrath; (YLT)
To top it all off, they also claim that Joseph Smith’s consent is required for one to be saved. Where did this come from?
“No salvation without accepting Joseph Smith” – Doctrine of Salvation, 1:189
“No man or woman in the dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of god without the consent of Joseph Smith” – Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol 7:289
There is no scripture in either the Book of Mormon or the Bible to back this up. For a true look at Biblical salvation see my article here.
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