It’s Mormonism month at STR Place in honor of the upcoming release of Brett’s new booklet, The Ambassador’s Guide to Mormonism. So here’s the next challenge for you:
Traditional Christians believe that all you have to do is believe in Jesus, and it doesn’t matter what sins you commit because your faith is all that matters. But in Matthew 19:17, Jesus says, “[I]f you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” The Bible simply does not teach “salvation by faith alone.”
I used the term “salvation” in this challenge as we would use it (being forgiven and reconciled to God here and now, and then being together with Him in the afterlife), but technically, a Mormon would deny “exaltation by faith alone.” He would agree with you that “salvation” is by grace, through faith, but when Mormons use the term “salvation,” they’re usually referring only to our resurrection (which doesn’t require works) or the idea that Jesus gave us a plan of salvation by which we can progress through our works. They do believe that works are required to make it to the highest level of heaven to be with the Father. When you’re in conversation with your Mormon friend, always define the terms you’re using to be sure you’re talking about the same thing!