Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ all
mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and
ordinances of the [LDS] Gospel.”.
(3rd Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)
Prior to the establishment of the LDS church in 1830 no one had heard of their gospel. Their teachings are not mentioned in any ancient literature. Nor is there any archeological, historical, or other type of evidence that indicates the existence of their belief system before 1830. How then could Christ’s atonement that occurred approximately two thousand years ago have required obedience to the laws and ordinances of the fairly recent LDS gospel, in order to be effective?
Regarding the non-existence of Mormon teachings in the Bible, Joseph Smith claimed that they were removed by evil persons. But the book of Acts (which is short for “the acts of the apostles”), reveals that during the lifetime of the apostles Christianity spread rapidly throughout the then known world. And in this same period documents containing the apostles’ teachings on the gospel were copied and widely circulated. And nowhere in any of these documents was there so much as a single mention of any Mormon doctrines.
Had the primitive church practiced Mormonism, the only way that all signs of this could have been eradicated would have been if every believer in the entire world had simultaneously turned their backs on Mormonism. And at the same time they would (also simultaneously) have had to destroy all letters, documents and records that bore any trace of the LDS gospel, and replace them with others containing their newfound beliefs.
Common sense tells us that because of the enormous number of people involved, the large number of documents, and the vast area over which written information on the apostles’ teachings had been circulated, such a possibility borders on the ridiculous. It could never have happened.
If Mormonism had been practiced in biblical times there would have been evidence of this somewhere. But there is none, prior to the advent of Joseph Smith.
LDS gospel is based on eternal progression. (There is a link to an article on this subject at the end of the page.) They have two types of salvation, both of which are unbiblical. The first is general salvation which they call salvation by grace as it does not require anything at all from the recipient, not even a belief in God. But all it guarantees is universal resurrection, and they say that this is what Christ earned for us in His atonement.. The other type is personal salvation, where we have to earn the right to the forgiveness of our own sins. There is a link to an article on LDS salvation at the end of the page.
The LDS’s claim that salvation is through obedience to the laws and ordinances of their gospel doesn’t fit the facts. Christ’s church falls under the New Covenant of grace. It was the Old Covenant between the nation of Israel and God that was based on obedience to laws and ordinances. In return God promised Israel physical blessings such as possession of their own land, health, victory over their enemies and so on. The opposite was the case for disobedience, when curses would apply.
“He [Moses] took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people [the Israelites]: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.” (Exodus 24:7-8, KJV) [Editor: Covenants were always sealed with blood.]
The law revealed the righteous standards of God. And the Israelites covenanted as a nation to keep it. But in spite of their best intentions they were never able to do so. That was why God in His mercy gave them the sacrificial system. When a man had sinned he took a flawless animal to the altar, where he placed his hand upon its head to indicate that it would be his substitute and would shed its blood to cover his sin (c/f Leviticus 4:23-24; 4:27-29). This indelibly engraved upon his mind the fact that forgiveness of his sins could only be attained through the death of an innocent, flawless substitute. And it pictured the coming final, once for all sacrifice of Christ.
The Bible tells us that the New Covenant is better than the Old, as it was established upon better promises:
“But now hath he [Christ] obtained a more excellent
ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better
covenant, which was established upon better
promises.” (Hebrews 8:6, KJV)
“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:13, KJV)
Unlike the Old Covenant, the promises of the New Covenant are spiritual, not physical. And it is by grace through faith, apart from works (c/f the Book of Galations). Believers are promised forgiveness of all their sins, eternal life and spiritual blessings in the heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3-8). For that reason they are taught to set their minds on things above (Colossians 3:2).
Considering that under the Old Covenant of laws and ordinances nobody was ever able to satisfy God’s demands, the Mormon gospel places its followers in a precarious position. Not only that, they have trampled underfoot the precious blood of Christ that He shed to pay for the the forgiveness of their sins:
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:2-4, KJV)
The LDS hasn’t grasped the reality that Christ literally atoned for our sins once and for all.
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was
against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of
the way, nailing it to His cross.” (Colossians 2:14, KJV)
“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:7, KJV)
“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. ”(John 3:15, KJV)
The word gospel means good news. And as we have seen, the LDS gospel bears no resemblance to the good news proclaimed by the apostles in the New Testament.
The following articles have a bearing on the subject we have been discussing:
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