Mormons and The Sin of PrideOctober 6, 2009
Most Mormons who come to my door, whom I see on tv, or whom I hear on the radio seem to always assure everyone that they’re “good people”. They’re quick to say this without hesitation as though they’re the finest top-notch specimens of human beings. They put the wonder back into wonderful. The context in which they say they’re “good” is that they keep their sin level to a minimum. It’s NOT because Christ made them good and is making them good.
It’s not because He lived the life they couldn’t, died the death they deserved (for not living the life they should have), and rose from the dead to prove it all satisfactory. Instead, it’s that they are good on their own and are making themselves good on their own.
They’re good people because they have a big list of things they do, and a big list of things they don’t do. Scripture would show us that these are the WORST kinds of people. Scripture would have us own up to being evil, confess it with confidence in Christ, not ourselves, and acknowledgment that no matter how great our sins have been Christ is still a far greater Savior. This hope in Christ can’t be stated enough times because it’s so anti-thetical to what we want to believe. We want to believe God accepts us because of us, not because of Christ.
And so the gospel is only for those who first realize the complete hopelessness of their sin, becasue then they’ll be able to realize their complete hope in Christ.
First I would just like to point out that the Apostle Paul said this: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” 1 Tim 1:15
Thus, most Mormons are more holy then the Apostle Paul.
Rom 3:20 says, “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” (and the entire law is summed up in loving God and others, Deut 6, Mat 22. Thus, any sin in thought, word, deed, intention, etc strips us of our righteousness.)
1 John 1:8, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
Luke 18:9-14 “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed abouthimself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ (Note: the Pharisee, or super religious person, fasts twice a week which isn’t even commanded in Scripture! Kind of like how Mormons don’t drink coffee.)
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Sure, Mr. and Mrs. Mormon, you’re not a murderer or an adulterer. Well, actually you are in your heart according to Jesus in Mat 5. OK, but you’re not as bad as others, right? Well, in one sense you are because a single sin is enough to separate anyone from God for eternity, just like it did with Satan and Adam when they sinned for the very first time.
Here is why. God is holy, holy, holy, thus if we break God’s law by thought, word, deed, and/or intention then we’re found to be sinful, sinful, sinful! This is true. If you’re a Mormon reading this, then let the KJV, which is part of the Quad, ring in your ears like a Beijing gong.
James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Galatians 3:10 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”
On top of all this, if this wasn’t enough, Scripture will again put a bullet in your righteousness. If you claim to be a good person and say that God ultimately accepts you because of your awesome self, then you’re actually making God the most mad. Congratulations!
Proverbs 6:16-17 says, “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue…”
If one does not admit to themselves that they are sinful, then they are guilty of the sin of pride. It’s a big one. It got Satan kicked out of Heaven. Further, one would be lying to themselves if they said they were good on their own. It takes humility to realize one’s sinfulness. This is a pathetic weakness in the world’s eyes, but is enormous strength in God’s eyes. His grace gives us the strength to have humility and admit that we are evil, thus greatly in need of Jesus Christ.
So Mormon, my question to you over this impersonal blog is: “Why do you call yourself good by minimizing your sin? Why do you act like you’re more holy than you are and pretend that God is less holy than He is when it comes to the atrocity of your eternal God-separating sin? And finally, why is your confidence ultimately in yourself to be good, not Christ?”
If you’re a Mormon, an un-believer, or a professed Christian who fails to see yourself as a sinner exposed by the full Biblical gospel, then you need the real Christ to help you realize the truth about yourself so that you can truly embrace hope in the real Jesus Christ. If the way you’re used to thinking and talking about the “gospel” is not anywhere near an acknowledgement that you’re a sinner justified apart from works, then you have the wrong Jesus. It may be the same name, but it is a very different Jesus. What you need to do is make sure you don’t just have the name Jesus, but have the right Jesus. The former will not save you. The latter will. It’s an eternal matter at hand, yet the real Jesus is at hand for those whom believe in the real gospel and repent of all false gospels.
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