ARE MORMONS GOING TO HEAVEN?
For anyone who is concerned about where individuals spend eternity, the question, "Are Mormons Going to Heaven?" is a legitimate reason to examine what Mormons believe.
If Mormonism taught Christian teachings relative to man's relationship to the true God, there would be no reason for alarm or concern. The fact is, the official doctrines of the LDS Church are at such drastic variance with the fundamental teachings of the Christian Faith, that no-one, who believes what Mormonism teaches, could possibly spend eternity in the presence of God when this life is over.
The very heart of the historic Christian Faith rests upon the belief that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day (I Cor. 15:1-4), and that we become a child of God by receiving the Jesus of the Bible as Lord of our lives by Faith (see John 1:12).
Contrary to the Bible, Mormons believe that everyone on planet earth is already, literally, a son or daughter of God the Father and His wife from a so-called pre-existent life, and have the potential of becoming a god.
Furthermore, he believes that faith in Christ alone is not sufficient to enter heaven, but that by one's own works, he can earn entrance into heaven where God dwells.
The third Article of Faith of the LDS Church stresses that more than faith in Christ is necessary to be saved:
"We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."
Among the "laws and ordinances of the gospel" according to Mormonism are: Belief in Joseph Smith, baptism into the Mormon Church, work for the dead, as well as obedience to all the commandments, etc.
In Christianity, one is assured of a righteous standing before the only true God based completely on the marvelous Grace of God and the finished work at the cross. A total commitment to the Jesus of the Bible produces a changed life and the guarantee of eternal life with God forever (see Romans 3:20-28, I John 5:12 & II Cor. 5:17).
The price of our salvation was so high and infinitely beyond our reach that God in His love and mercy, offers it as a GIFT to be received by faith.
Ephesians 2:8, 9 emphasizes that salvation is a gift that cannot be earned:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast."
The Apostle Paul wrote how we have peace with God in Romans 5:1:
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Without mentioning a list of "laws and ordinances," the gospel of John presents the good news in its simplest form:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
With all the evidence from the Bible refuting Mormon doctrine, one might ask, "How can Mormon teachings possibly be reconciled?"
The answer is, the Bible is consistently attacked as being an insufficient guide, and other books and statements by Mormon leaders are considered far superior.
In a popular LDS doctrinal book, we find this attack on the Bible by Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism:
"...it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled? (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 10).
Down through the centuries, God has always protected His words. Isaiah 40, verse 8 states:
"The grass withereth . . . but the word of our God will stand forever."
The apostle Peter wrote to the churches in the New Testament that by the power of God we have "all things that pertain to life and godliness" (I Peter 1:3).
If we have "all things that pertain to life and godliness" and we are "complete in him [Christ]" as Col. 2:10 says, then obviously nothing is lacking for our salvation, so we don't need Mormon writings.
Another major doctrine which separates Mormonism from Christianity, is its view of Jesus Christ.
The official position of the church is that Jesus is literally the brother of Lucifer, and the birth of Jesus was the result of a sexual relationship between God the Father and Mary. (see The Gospel through the Ages, p. 15, and Mormon Doctrine, p. 547, 742)
The Bible refutes these doctrines by saying that Mary was indeed a virgin, the conception being the result of supernatural intervention "of the Holy Ghost." (see Matthew 1:18, 20)
Furthermore, the Bible declares that Jesus created everything that exists, including the angels, so he cannot be the brother of Lucifer, or anyone else's for that matter. (see Col. 1:16)
Obviously, the Jesus of Mormonism is not the Jesus of the Bible.
Although many Mormons are fine, wonderful people, who diligently try to live a good life, the Bible only offers hope for those who are on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
Jesus said: "... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
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