SALVATION

If Mormons are asked if they are “saved”, they will quickly reply “Yes!” or “Yes, but with conditions.” Every person will be resurrected and “saved” from physical death as a result of Jesus’ Atonement. In order to be saved or receive salvation, a Mormon must remain obedient to the covenant promises they have made before God.

Mormonism does not teach that a person can be saved from their sins in this mortal life. “Note that you cannot be saved in your sins; you cannot receive unconditional salvation simply by declaring your belief in Christ with the understanding that you will inevitably commit sins through the rest of your life. Through the grace of God, you can be saved from your sins. To receive this blessing, you must exercise faith in Jesus Christ, strive to keep the commandments, forsake sin, and renew your repentance and cleansing through the ordinance of the sacrament.”  (True to the Faith, pgs. 152-53)

Other meanings and definitions associated with salvation exist in LDS teachings. Mormons can say they are “born again” after they have been baptized, made their baptismal covenants, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Mormons can also proclaim that they have been “saved from ignorance” meaning that they have conquered darkness and accepted the light of the restored gospel which includes the plan of salvation and understanding their eternal potential. Even though Mormons never receive assurance that they are saved from spiritual death, Mormonism teaches that almost every person who ever lived will escape this second death and inherit one of the kingdoms of glory.

Biblical Christianity teaches:
Salvation means to be delivered, rescued, or saved from the eternal consequences of sin. Without God working on man’s behalf, all men would be destined for eternal punishment in hell. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus alone (Eph. 2:8-9). God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world (1 John 4:14). He made salvation possible by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice. A believer receives full credit for His perfect obedience by trusting in His completed work. Believers receive assurance for their salvation because Christ has done it all.