Evangelicals would rather forgive a murderer than a Mormon

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A story, a rumor, is floating around. The conversation goes something like this. A Mormon asks an Evangelical, “Can a Christian who commits adultery be saved?”

The Evangelical confidently replies, “Yes.”

The Mormon, stunned, then asks, “What about a murderer?”

The Evangelical, without hesitation, responds, “Yes.”

The Mormon then asks, “What about an Evangelical who becomes a Mormon?”

The Evangelical thoughtfully pauses, then replies, “I don’t know.”

I must admit that this conversation, if true, is truly astounding to me. This shows that Mormons and Evangelicals really have little, if any, common doctrine.

Talking with a neighbor, I was surprised that he didn’t believe that someone who had once received the Holy Ghost could act in contradiction and lost the same gift. He asked me to find instances in the Bible where that had happened, or at least where the scriptures say it can or does happen. I found several. The Bible’s replete with examples of people who, once having obtained God’s grace, lose it completely. The best example is probably Judas, or even Ananias, or even the numerous predictions of the apostles that there would be a “falling away” before Christ returns to the earth. I though this was as clear as day, that once we obtain Christ’s grace, we must then persevere in Christ’s way until the end. I guess this is one of those truths that the Book of Mormon makes perfectly clear and undeniable.

I suppose you could reverse the conversation, and have it go something like this. The Evangelical asks a Mormon, “Can a Mormon adulterer be saved?”

The Mormon would say, “Not unless they first repent and obtain forgiveness from God. This is not a trivial thing to repent of, and may require excommunication during the period of repentance.”

The Evangelical would ask, “What about the Mormon murderer?”

The Mormon would say, “Again, not unless they first repent, although repentance for murder is hardly a trivial thing. Most likely, the possibility for salvation in the highest degree of glory is lost when someone commits murder who knows full well what they are doing.”

The Evangelical would ask, “What about a Mormon who becomes an Evangelical?”

The Mormon would reply, “If they believe in Jesus Christ, and obtain forgiveness of their sins, then they would be saved from their sins, no matter what church or religion they belong to. However, that is not the same as the Mormon who obtains all the covenants and acts with strict faithfulness during his entire life, who would not only obtain salvation from their sins, but exaltation in the highest degrees of glory.”

In this presidential debate, I can’t help but explain why I cannot support Newt Gingrich, even if he were the ideal candidate. If this were a race between four adulterers, then I would have little choice to choose the lesser of the four evils, but it is not. Three of the four candidates are not adulterers. Even if I agreed with those other three on no issues at all, as long as I can admit that they have some degree of wisdom, then they would be preferable to Newt. Why?

Sin is not something to be trifled with. Those people who have committed the most grave sins, which I consider the sins of adultery and murder to be, have shown themselves to be stained, and likely stained beyond repair, at least in this lifetime. If we have the choice between someone who chose to never commit adultery and murder, and someone who has but later repented, I’d rather wager on the one who has never committed those sins.

Newt has other baggage, of course; all candidates do. But his worst offense, his adultery, is the reason why I cannot support him at all, particularly because any one of the other three candidates have lived their entire lives controlling that aspect of their nature out of the respect that they have for themselves, women in general, families, society, and natural law, respect which at least at one point in Newt’s life, he showed a grave lack of.

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