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Digital Guide: Are Mormons Christian?

Perfection

Comparing the Differences Between Mormonism & Biblical Christianity

Perfection

What does Christianity teach about perfection?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says:

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

This establishes God’s standard for his people – to be perfect. Because we are credited with Jesus’ righteousness through faith, all true believers are perfect right now.

What does Mormonism teach about perfection?

Mormonism teaches that it is impossible to be perfect in this life.

Because the LDS church also teaches that God wouldn’t give a command people couldn’t keep, they often interpret Jesus’ teaching to mean “become perfect.” In Mormonism, perfection is achieved “eventually” by striving to do all one can do.

If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually" (Ensign, October 2017)

Summary

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Christianity

Believers in Jesus are perfect right now because we are credited with Jesus’ righteousness through faith. Jesus is enough.

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Mormonism

Mormons must strive to become perfect. Knowing perfection is impossible, Mormons strive to “do all we can do.”

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