MG-30 – Counting the Cost

Quite often when we are presenting the problems of Mormonism to an active member of the LDS Church, we find that they are not really asking if the evidence we are presenting is true but whether or not they are willing to risk losing their family, job or spouse over this information.”

Because Mormonism is a culture of its own, leaving the Mormon Church often has a significant cost attached to it that may seem to outweigh the benefits of leaving for the truth.

If you find yourself in that place, we want you to consider what we have found in our journey out of Mormonism even though it has cost us nearly everything in our relationship with some of our adult children.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:37, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

When it comes to the possibility of losing your family, we know that it is hard to hear, but a relationship with Jesus is worth far more than any family relationship. And that comes from a heart-broken mother and father who dearly miss our relationship with some of our children and grandchildren.

When we were Mormon, we could never be sure we had done enough to be saved.

Within the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 25:23 it says, “…for we know that it is by grace we have been saved, after all we can do.” This scripture had been so ingrained into our minds that we truly believed that we had to work our way to heaven! We did not realize that grace was a free gift from God, and that all we had to do to receive it was to just believe in Jesus Christ Alone!

So at what point can any Mormon be sure he has done all he can do for salvation? Doctrine and Covenants, Section 82:7 says, “go your ways and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God.”

So if repeating one sin can bring back the former sins, how can any Mormon be assured of forgiveness and salvation?

Again, the works-based religion of Mormonism is the exact opposite of the biblical grace-based salvation offered in Christ who removes our sins “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12).[1]

[1] See also Ephesians 2:8-9; John 5:24; Romans 8:1.

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