What does the Bible teach about Salvation?
God has given us salvation based on Jesus’ work. All believers are guaranteed the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in God's presence. Salvation includes both the resurrection of the body and the restoration of our relationship with God.
Salvation, literally "being saved," is God's rescue of sinners. Salvation is not a plan we must follow. Instead, it refers to the freedom won by Jesus' saving work. Salvation is deliverance from physical death, sin, AND eternal death. Since salvation is complete, believers have full confidence they are forgiven of their sins and will live eternally with God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
What does Mormonism teach about Salvation?
Mormonism teaches that God has given a plan of salvation. This plan demands that Mormons earn their position in eternal life. For most Mormons, salvation is equivalent only to physical resurrection, which is the only free gift in Mormonism. Many Mormons say they believe they are saved by Jesus alone, but what they mean is they don't have to do anything to gain resurrection for their bodies.
When it comes to salvation from sin, Mormonism teaches:
You will not be completely saved from sin until you have finished your life on the earth, having faithfully endured to the end. 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, Pages 151-152
For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
2 Nephi 25:23 (Book of Mormon)
What a burden to bear!
Since salvation depends on "ALL we can do," Mormons are never certain of it.
What Bible Verses should you share with a Mormon?
Some Bible passages communicate better than others to Mormons. Our booklet provides 14 practical examples along with ways to explain them that clearly convey God's truth to Mormons.
Why this Matters
Mormon soteriology, what they believe and teach about salvation, affects their Christology, what they believe and teach about Christ. Because the Mormon view of salvation is vastly different, so is their idea of Jesus.
Mormons and Christians may be talking about the same historical Jesus but not love, trust, and worship the same theological Jesus. One view leads to eternal life in heaven, the other to eternal suffering in hell.
Satan, parading as an "Angel of Light," leads his Mormon victims to think they will find life and salvation in a "lookalike" gospel, a Jesus + Me theology. It starts with Jesus but quickly turns back to self, rules, and human requirements.
Although all humanity was held captive by sin, and the demands of God's law stood against us, Jesus came to set humanity free. In his own body, he paid the ransom for our sins. By shedding his blood on the cross, Jesus satisfied the demands of the law. He did for us what we could never do for ourselves.
1 Corinthians 15:22
God has given us salvation as a free gift.
God has given a plan of salvation. We must work the plan.