Mormonism Labels God’s Gift a Satanic Counterfeit
A Bible verse that has comforted countless people is Romans 6:23. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A foundational biblical fact is that Jesus paid the wages of sin for all people so that God offers eternal life as his free gift to all.
Mormonism rejects that. In the April edition of the Ensign, there is an article entitled, “Recognizing Satan’s Counterfeits”. One of the first things that struck me is that it never once mentions using the Bible to recognize falsehood. It refers exclusively to the Book of Mormon.
But what really struck me is this statement which is listed as one of Satan’s counterfeits: “A free ticket to heaven is something people apparently want.” A little later, it says: “Salvation from physical death is guaranteed to all, but salvation from spiritual death is conditional on our willing repentance. If we repent, then we can receive eternal life (see Jacob 6:11). But there is no free ride.”
To fully appreciate this, one must have a clear understanding of Mormonism’s teaching on repentance. “It is a painful process” which includes the abandonment of sin. But that’s not all. “It is not enough to simply try to resist evil or empty your life of sin. You must fill your life with righteousness” (True to the Faith, p. 135). Abandoning sin. Filling your life with righteousness. That and more is included in the LDS repentance. No wonder the author said “there is no free ride”.
Mormonism’s labeling of God’s gift of salvation and eternal life as a satanic counterfeit is not new. Spencer W. Kimball, a former living prophet of the LDS Church, said: “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation.” (Book of Mormon Student Manual, p. 36).
I don’t know about you, but it makes my blood boil when I read such statements. How dare the LDS Church trash God’s gift!
But. . .our reaction has to be more than that. Earlier today, I talked with two different women. One left the LDS Church a few years ago; the other two weeks ago. Both talked about how burdened they were in Mormonism and how free they now are in Christ. Stories like theirs remind us that these teachings are holding millions hostage.
Yes, be angry at these teachings and those teaching them. But also be compassionate to those victimized by those teaching. Pray for them. Share with them that eternal life is a free gift.
And once again, take a moment to go to God and thank him for his wonderful gift of eternal life.