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Mormon Salvation- Are you worthy? Have you done all you can do?

Have you done all you can do?
Former Prophet Spencer W. Kimball wrote, “a book dealing exclusively with sin, repentance, and forgiveness. … Many Church writers have included the subject as part of a more comprehensive work.” (MOF p. xi) None have covered it so completely. These quotes are mainly from LDS scriptures and his book, “The Miracle of Forgiveness” ( abbreviated-MOF)
        There are two general requirements in the LDS method of salvation according to official Mormon sources. These general requirements are well summarized by the following verse:
“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.” (2 Nephi 25:23)

The Gospel of Mormonism is “faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands, morality, loyalty, tithing, word of wisdom, duty, celestial marriage (Articles of faith)

The first requirement is to believe in Christ: This is the first step for anyone claiming to be a Christian. As easy as this may sound, the problem comes when we determine from all the different opinions in the world that have defined Christ.

Which Christ is the true one that we must believe in to receive salvation. An example of this problem is in Matthew chapter 16:13-20, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” What about us? “Who do you say I am?” Among the true facts about the true Christ are that he was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, performed many miracles, lived a sinless life, died on a cross as payment for our sins, and rose again as a sign in fulfillment of prophecy on the third day. Those who deny or re-define what Jesus did and said, have invented another Jesus.

 The second LDS requirement is to be reconciled to God. Repentance is the LDS key to reconciliation with God. “Repentance is for every soul who has not yet reached perfection.” (MOF p.33) To regain a right standing with God, involves repentance of all former sins and keeping all the commandments, performing all the proper ordinances, and continuing to the end. According to LDS scriptures, the majority of LDS Prophets, authorities and scholars, are required (after belief in Christ) for becoming worthy of salvation and exaltation in the kingdom of God.

What is true LDS Repentance? The first part of repentance is keeping all the commandments and ordinances of the gospel in this lifetime.

This involves “doing all you can do.” According to LDS scripture, scholars and Prophets, it is possible to keep all the commandments perfectly. “… the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Nephi 3:7)

And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.” Alma 34:32-33
Prophet Spencer W. Kimball “Repentance Takes Time - Repentance is inseparable from time. No one can repent on the cross, nor in prison, nor in custody. One must have the opportunity of committing wrong in order to be really repentant. The man in handcuffs, the prisoner in the penitentiary, the man as he drowns, or as he dies such a man certainly cannot repent totally. He can wish to do it, he may intend to change his life, he may determine that he will, but that is only the beginning.”(MOF p.167-168).

“Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world. For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.” (Alma 34:34-35).
Kimball further explains on page 203, “In connection with repentance, the scriptures use the phrase, 'with all his heart' (see D&C 42:25). Obviously this rules out any reservations.

Repentance must involve an all-out, total surrender to the program of the Lord. That transgressor is not fully repentant who neglects his tithing, misses his meetings, breaks the Sabbath, fails in his family prayers, does not sustain the authorities of the Church, breaks the Word of Wisdom, does not love the Lord nor his fellowmen. A reforming adulterer who drinks or curses is not repentant.
God cannot forgive unless the transgressor shows a true repentance which spreads to all areas of his life.”
Little reward can be expected for a tiny effort to repent, for the Lord has said that it must be a total repentance 'with all his heart' and the error must be forsaken fully and wholly, mentally as well as physically. The 'filthy dreamer' of the day or night, or an adulterer who still has desires toward the object of his sin, who still revels in the memories of his sin, has not forsaken it 'with all his heart' as required by holy scripture. (MOF p.333).

The last part of repentance is to stop all sinning and endure perfectly to the end with no repetition of any sins. “If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” D&C 14:7
The Lord cannot save men in their sins but only from their sins, and that only when they have shown true repentance.” (MOF p.166).
“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins--behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” D&C 58:43. “conviction of sin, the renouncing or abandoning of sin, the confession of sin.” “When these things are done there remains the requirement of restitution. He must restore that which he damaged, stole, or wronged.” (MOF p. 191).
The Lord will indeed forgive, but he will not tolerate repetitions of the sin.” (MOF p.357 ) (Refer to Eth 2:15)

“Dangers of Delay“throughout the centuries the Lord has reminded man so that he could never have excuse. And the burden of the prophetic warning has been that the time to act is now, in this mortal life. One cannot with impunity delay his compliance with God's commandments.” (MOF p. 9-10).
Spencer W. Kimball said, “The curse of the earth is sin. It covers every area. but when not repented of [even minor sins] will still keep us from eternal life.” (MOF p. 39) “incomplete repentance never brought complete forgiveness.” (MOF p. 212) “For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.” Alma 42:24

Kimball explains “the repentance that merits forgiveness. It is that the former transgressor must have reached a 'point of no return' to sin wherein there is not merely a renunciation but also a deep abhorrence of the sin where the sin becomes most distasteful to him and where the desire or urge to sin is cleared out of his life. Surely this is what is meant, in part at least, by being pure in heart!” (MOF p.354-5). “To be sorry is not enough.” (MOF p.153).

On page 7 his tract/ booklet, “Repentance Brings Forgiveness,” (RBF) President Spencer W. Kimball stated, “The forsaking of sins must be a permanent one. True repentance does not permit making the same mistake again.” “The Lord said, 'Go your way and sin no more; but unto that soul who sineth shall the former sins return.' (D&C 82:7)” As quoted in (RBF p.7) President Kimball continues in (MOF p. 170). “Those who feel that they can sin and be forgiven and then return to sin and be forgiven again and again must straighten out their thinking. Each previously forgiven sin is added to the new one and the whole gets to be a heavy load. Thus when a man has made up his mind to change his life, there must be no turning back. Any reversal, even in a small degree, is greatly to his detriment.
“And he that endureth not unto the end, the same is he that is also hewn down and cast into the fire, from whence they can no more return, because of the justice of the Father.” 3 Nephi 27:17

V.19 “And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.”

The standard according to Mormonism, is complete perfection. The only way to be worthy to receive grace in Mormonism is to completely cease all sinning, even the smallest sin must be eliminated. Since it is impossible to “do all you can do” and none of us can ever be perfect, it is impossible to ever become worthy of Grace in Mormonism. There is no salvation, Mormonism has a different gospel, a gospel that is NOT good news. We can choose the true biblical gospel where it is possible for man to be saved; that gives God's grace freely to sinners, apart from their works- Ephesians 2:8-10. According to the Holy Bible God's true grace saves sinners IN their sins. Luke 18:10-14 & Luke 23:43. That is really good news.


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