Digital Guide: Are Mormons Christian?
Comparing the Differences Between Mormonism & Biblical Christianity
What does Christianity teach about the place of works?
Christianity teaches that a good work is defined both by its action and its motivation. A good work must follow God’s will and be motivated by faithful love for God, giving God all the glory. Because of this, only believers can perform truly good works.
Good works are the natural response of all believers. It is like breathing to someone who is alive. Because God did everything, including giving believers the gift of faith, Christians center their lives on praising him. Christ is at the center of their lives.
Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.
What does Mormonism teach about good works?
In Mormonism, a good work is defined by its action. The greater the sacrifice, the greater the work, the greater the increase in a Mormon’s worthiness and the greater his or her progression to godhood.
Mormonism teaches that while God did his part to set the stage, it is now up to individual Mormons to strive to be worthy, to do all they can do to progress to godhood and receive the power and glory that comes with it.
Only through sacrifice can we become worthy to live in the presence of God. Only through sacrifice can we enjoy eternal life. Many who have lived before us have sacrificed all they had. We must be willing to do the same if we would earn the rich reward they enjoy.
Gospel Principles, Chapter 26: Sacrifice
Good works are about giving God all the glory.
Good works are about increasing worthiness to advance progression to godhood.