Recently I had a friendly and heated debate with a Mormon member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints on the topics of what is the gospel, is Joseph Smith a true prophet, and do people go to hell or heaven when they die? The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints doctrine of salvation teaches the following: “The scriptures sometimes speak of salvation from the second death. The second death is the final spiritual death—being cut off from righteousness and denied a place in any kingdom of glory (see Alma 12:32; Doctrines and Covenants 88:24). This second death will not come until the Final Judgment, and it will come to only a few (see Doctrines and Covenants 76:31-37). Almost every person who has ever lived on the earth is assured salvation from the second death (see Doctrines and Covenants 76:40-45).” (link) Almost every person who has ever lived, really? Check out the debate below with Kelly Powers (Christian apologist) debating Robert Gurr (a Mormon) on a very important subject. What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Bible?
In my debate my opponent with Robert Gurr, a Mormon who says he has studied and researched Mormon apologetics for 20 years seemed to affirm what the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints teaches about the doctrine of salvation. In the debate he stated that all those who go to hell or the lake of fire don’t receive punishment or judgment, but rather their fate is eternal regret of what they could of had in this life and regret of what they could of had in the next life, and regretting not being able to be in the presence of God. Therefore the consequences of those who have not trusted in Jesus, evil or wicked people, or some other reason is to be eternally in regret of what you could have had on earth and in eternity!
Is this what Jesus Christ died for? Is this the cost of judgment according to what the Bible teaches? This would seem like a slap in the face of all that Jesus went through to make atonement for sin and defeat the curse of death. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 wide is the road that leads to destruction and many enter by it, and narrow is the road that leads to life and few find it. Jesus warned of false prophets who will look like sheep but are wolves inwardly, and they will mislead many. Jesus went on to say in Matthew 7:21-23 that many would say Lord Lord in the future judgment look at all these things I have done in your name, and Jesus said to those who were deceived depart from Me I never knew you, you workers of lawlessness. The reality is there will be many who have deceived with a false religion (Mormonism), false profession of faith, and will not enter into the presence of the Lord.
Paul warned of false gospels, counterfeit Jesus and spirit, and that those who were deceived by them would judged (2 Corinthians 11:4-15; Galatians 1:6-9). Jesus taught that there is a place of judgment to come for those who are lost in their sins (Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:18; John 5:29). The gospel is good news for those who put their complete trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of the Bible, and believe that their sins are completely forgiven by faith apart from works (John 6:29, 38-40; Acts 15:7-11; Ephesians 2:8-9).
The truth is that the doctrine of salvation according to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints and Mormonism is a false gospel, and sadly leading many to eternal judgment. The Bible teaches in Daniel 12:2, Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 25:46, John 5:29, Revelation 20:10-15, and other Scriptures that the eternal state of those who are not saved will die in this sins will not be some mental state of regret but eternal separation from God and suffering. Mormonism teaches many false doctrines that are unbiblical such as the doctrine men can become Gods, God was once a man who became a God, Jesus is a spiritual brother of Satan, a gospel of works not grace (this is for exaltation), pre-existent life in which a heavenly father and heavenly mother had sex which produced the billions and billions of people in heaven, and much more. Jesus said He is the way the truth and the life, and no one goes to the Father but through Him (John 14:6). Mormons need to trust in the Jesus and gospel of the Bible, turn away from the false doctrines of Mormonism, and be saved, forgiven, set free from their sins.
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