More Than One Witness: Saw the Empty Tomb Which Proves You are No Longer in Your Sins!

After the Holy Spirit brought me to faith, it took awhile before I understood the differences between Christianity and Mormonism. For a short time, I didn’t realize that the LDS Church was not Christian. The Jesus I had been taught about while I was Mormon seemed to be the same Jesus that the Bible taught. It wasn’t until I did a thorough Bible study on Christ’s Atonement that I discovered that the Jesus taught by LDS leaders is a false Christ! He is not the Christ who saved us “in our sins“.

While Mormonism teaches some similar aspects about the “person” of Jesus found in the Bible, the falseness of this Christ becomes apparent when one looks at His stated purpose and mission. I have found numerous ways in which the LDS Jesus falls short of the true Jesus found in the pages of God’s Holy Word. Today, I focus on comparing the LDS Jesus who cannot save his people in their sins with the true Christ who has already taken away the sins of the world!

The Christ of Mormonism is a false Christ. We know this because LDS prophets testify that Christ cannot save his people “in their sins”! They make this claim because they believe and teach the words of a false prophet from the Book of Mormon. His words found in Alma 11:32–37, are taught in this weeks Gospel Doctrine class:

Amulek taught of a false Christ who did not have the authority to save his people “in their sins“. Amulek claims that the reason is because “no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.” (Book of Mormon: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23: “More Than One Witness” p. 105, Alma 11:32–37).

True to the Faith also explains this LDS teaching:

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 throughout the rest of your life (see Alma 11:36–37). Through the grace of God, you can be saved from your sins (see Helaman 5:10–11). 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.” (pages 151-152)

The false Christ taught in the Book of Mormon and the LDS church is not the true Christ who is the Son of God! This is made evident by comparing him with the Christ found on the pages of the Bible:

Christ’s mission was to take away ALL our sins, leaving us “no longer in our sins”! We learn this truth from John the Baptist, who testified that Christ’s mission was to take away the sins of the world! (John 1:29). The Apostle Paul also claimed that if Christ had not been raised from the dead, then their faith was in vain because they would still be in their sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17) The fact that Christ was raised from the dead meant that they were no longer in their sins!

Did Jesus fulfill His mission and return to His Father with honor? Did He take away the sins of the world? Yes!! The empty tomb, the fact that God the Father raised Him from the dead, proves that Christ’s body was accepted as full payment for taking away the sins of the world.

Because the tomb was empty on that first Easter morning, we can trust that we are no longer in our sins! Through the offering of Christ’s body-the Atonement, every sin was taken away from you. All who believe in Jesus can boldly enter into God’s presence because they are no longer in their sins! When Jesus took away the sins of the world, He reconciled man to God! You are no longer unclean because Christ’s blood has washed you clean!!!

No longer “in our sins” we are perfect, righteous, and pure. Through the offering of Christ’s body, “He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:10-14). Those whose hope is in the true Christ are as pure as Jesus Himself (1 John 3:3). Just like Abraham, you are declared righteous through faith (Romans 4:20-5:2).

Many of the Jewish leaders didn’t believe that Jesus was the Christ. They thought that Christ’s mission was to overthrow the Romans and set up an earthly kingdom. But this was a vision of a false Christ! Jesus warned the Jews who did not believe in Him: “ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (John 8:24). The logic here is that if the Jews would just believe in the true Christ they would not die in their sins.

Similarly, if you trust in the words of your LDS prophets, you also believe in the vision of a false Christ. One who cannot, will not, save you in your sins. Just as Jesus warned the Jews, He gives you the same warning: “if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins”. Dying in your sins means Eternal Death and living eternally with Satan and his demons.

Do you love your family and wish to live with them eternally? Reject the false Christ of Mormonism and in faith turn to the true Christ who has given you eternal life. Then, teach your children about the true Jesus who has already saved them in their sins!

Link to Additional LDS and Bible References. Please read this page to learn more about how your Savior has removed your sins, comparing the Bible with the words of LDS leaders:

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4 Comments

  1. June 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Awesome message!

  2. choosethechrist said,

    June 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

    “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.”

    I am wondering how many Mormons out there really believe that they can actually keep the commandments and forsake sin. How good do they really think they are? I think that Spencer Kimball’s The Miracle of Forgiveness really brings all of this to light especially these points emphasized by Kimball: Forgiveness of sin is cancelled when a sin is repeated, discontinuance of sin must be permanent, keeping God’s commandments brings forgiveness, forgiveness is dependent on living all of the commandments. Have the LDS people really thought all of this through? If they are not living their lives 100% free from sin on the day they die and are not forgiven because of this, what do they think is going to happen to them? The Bible says if they die in their sins they will spend eternity in hell. If I understand LDS teachings correctly they simply receive a lesser degree of glory than the Celestial kingdom which to me makes all of those Temple sealings and works kind of worthless since they will not achieve Celestial glory due to their sins. The Bible says none of us are righteous so the Celestial kingdom (if it were real) must be a really empty place because I just don’t believe there is any Mormon out there living a 100% sin free life. Jesus said sin includes the condition of our hearts and not just those sins that we outwardly commit. How many sins is the LDS person responsible for that they may not even realize they have committed? What a huge burden for the LDS people to carry. I hope and pray that the LDS people will see that Jesus is there to carry that load and all they have to do is give it to Him!

    I would like to emphasis this point:

    To reveive this blessing of forgiveness, you must put your faith in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins.

    Hebrews 10
    14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

    15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

    16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
    I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

    17 Then he adds:

    “Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

    18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

    Mormons, when you put your faith in Christ alone, you are made perfect and holy through the shed blood of Christ on the cross and can stand before God as righteous in His eyes and He has NO memory of your sins!

  3. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    June 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Hi choosethechrist,

    You wrote “I am wondering how many Mormons out there really believe that they can actually keep the commandments and forsake sin.”

    I sure understand what you are talking about. From my experience, many LDS don’t really know all that is required of them from the Repentance Process. I got so tired of having to reply to the same comments from LDS members saying that I didn’t know LDS teaching. That’s why I finally put together the Page “The LDS Process of Repentance” with all the documentation of quotes from LDS.org. That way, when someone doubted my knowledge, I could send them there, which has links to lds.org.

    Many LDS are hurting, but must hide it so that no one knows that they really do sin. But in general the younger LDS today I think that many of them, once they do know all the things they are supposed to do to obtain forgiveness for each sin, don’t really follow it as strictly as it is taught. It was the main reason I left the church because I tried and tried to do exactly as I was taught–but it is impossible! My father was a Stake President and we had LDS apostles stay in our house during Stake Conference. My father taught me to do exactly as I was told, so I guess that’s why I looked at it so seriously.

    The other thing is that the LDS Prophet that was the Prophet when I was an adult was Spencer Kimball, the writer of the Miracle of Forgiveness. He was a man who taught that people really could become perfect in and of themselves. Beginning with President Hinkley, the atmosphere is more focused on just trying as hard as you can. It’s not perfection that is demanded now, but effort.

    Which is a much worse teaching to deal with. God really does demand perfection, as you state. But it is only through faith that you can be perfect. It’s much harder to witness to people who don’t know what God really demands of them. Nowhere in the Bible does it claim that our effort is all that matters.

    I love the point you emphasize for forgiveness from Hebrews. Let me repost it here, in KJV for our LDS readers:

    Hebrews 10:10-18:

    By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

    For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin”.

    Thanks for your comment, choosethechrist, and also from you, YourKingdomInheritance.

    God’s blessings,
    Becki

  4. choosethechrist said,

    June 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Thanks Becki! I love the way that you explain things so clearly and really appreciate your time and effort. You are a blessing to me!!


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