Judgment & Justification
What does the Bible teach about judgment?
We are judged “not guilty” because we place faith in the perfect works of Christ. When God looks at us, all he sees is Jesus’ perfection.
Our works act as a testimony to our faith, but we are saved by our faith in Jesus’ perfect work. It’s our faith that credits us with the righteousness of Jesus’ perfect works.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
What does Mormonism teach about judgment?
Mormonism teaches justification is being pardoned by Christ, and that Mormons accept the “gift” by performing all the works and requirements of Mormonism. If Mormons don’t do the work, they believe God will withdraw his offer.
In Mormonism, good works act as a testimony to a Mormon’s worthiness. Mormons believe they are judged by their works, and if they are found worthy enough, they will be saved.
As we repent of our sins, giving up every impure thought and act, the Holy Ghost will change our hearts so we no longer have even the desire to sin (see Mosiah 5:2). Then when we are judged, we will be found ready to enter into God’s presence.
Gospel Principles, Chapter 46: The Final Judgement
Why this Matters
Asking God to judge us based on our own imperfect record would be a terrifying prospect. Relying on our record — even in part — could never yield a not guilty verdict.
Yet, through faith, believers stand on Christ’s perfect record and are personally assured of this acquittal. Through faith in Christ’s saving work, his merits are credited to us, and we are reckoned righteous.
Believers enjoy a new status before God as “the righteous” and “saints.” They already know the verdict and can look forward to Judgment Day. This brings peace with God.
Stop talking past each other. Gain a better understanding of the words that are unique to Mormonism and the differences of shared terms between Mormonism and Christianity.
2 Corinthians 5:21
We are judged not guilty because of Jesus.
Mormons are judged based on their works.