I will make this post short and to the point for all my Mormon friends who steadfastly believe they belong to the “Only True Church” and perform countless “Good Deeds” of charity and donate endless hours of “service” to their CHURCH.
Good works (which involves keeping the Law of Moses) are performed by mankind for basically one of two reasons: 1. to HONOR Christ and Glorify Him because we truly love Him and truly realize our INDEBTEDNESS TO HIM, or 2. Because we HAVE TO PERFORM THEM in order to be saved in the highest heaven and achieve the highest Award – EXALTATION! We HAVE TO “do all we can do” in order tally up another spiritual “Merit Badge” in order to EARN an eternal REWARD and HIGH RANK – i.e. to make God indebted to us, and stack the ledger in our favor. Mormonism teaches “legalism”when they declare that Christ’s totally free gift of Grace is only valid “after all we can do”. See B of M 2 Nephi 25:23 – https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/25.23?lang=eng The first reason for Good Works as stated above is the core of true, biblical Christianity, while the 2nd Reason is undoubtedly motivated by SELFISH PRIDE and GREED.
Are Good Works inherently bad and evil? Of course not. What is EVIL in this equation is performing good works controlled by the mindset of LEGALISM – which in a nutshell is being so prideful and arrogant to subscribe to the damnable heresy that God owes us when we do good and righteous activities. The more “good” we do, then the more God owes. Thus, we must “DO ALL WE CAN” in the form of WORKS, in order to become saved, let alone exalted.
It’s what I like to call the Santa Clause syndrome – you better be “good” cause “He’s making a list, and checking it twice.” Just like “Santa Clause” this heresy is completely false and SATANIC, and when embraced is damnable in the extreme!! This is the same mindset that ruled the ruling elitist “Pharisees” during Christ’s ministry. Christ declared to them quite often: ‘How can you escape the fires of hell?
Legalism is the Pure False Religion of the God of this World – Satan! It is the twisted doctrine that governs the carnal flesh and guarantees hell in the afterlife. For instance, who can deny that it is the ruling force of professional sports – arguably the single largest “False Idol” of today’s America and the West! You want a big contract in free agency, Mr. NBA Player? Then you’d better make sure you are in the top ten in double doubles. The corporate mantra is forever: “What Have You Done for ME?” Or simply: “What’s in it for ME?” This is exactly why the “carnal man”will forever be an “enemy” to God.
The process of being “born again” unto Christ means literally sacrificing the false ego – the “self” – aka the “carnal and devilish” man, and then replacing the “self” with the pure Love of Christ and becoming a new creation whereby the “carnal man” is destroyed. Unless and until that happens, you will never gain the “Kingdom of Heaven” and be an heir of Christ. You will NEVER “know” Christ unless this happens. Legalism then, is what forges and forms a very real spiritual and mental prison that honors ONLY the fallen and rebellions demons masquerading as angels. A careful reading of Paul’s letter to the Galatians – Chapters 3 and 4 clearly teaches this very critically important concept.
Now consider a few Mormon scriptures which are plain and simply nothing but PURE SATANIC LEGALISM:
D & C 130:20 – 20 There is a LAW irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to THAT LAW upon which it is predicated. (This is PURE Satanic Legalism – If one is obedient to the Law – and thus also to the Leaders who make and interpret the law – then you WILL get rewarded because the Mormon God, the CORPORATE CELESTIAL CEO OF THE UNIVERSE OWES YOU. Clearly, under “Legalism” NOTHING FROM GOD is freely given – not even Grace – therefore salvation MUST be earned.)
D & C 82:10 I, the Lord, am BOUND when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no PROMISE. (This is exactly the “bewitching” that Paul feared had befallen the Galatians. The Law and “Good Works” performed by a true Christian are done out of pure love, and are ONLY to shine forth in order to GLORIFY GOD – not to EARN PERSONAL GLORY AND ELEVATED HONORS TO THE INDIVIDUAL.)
Now let’s look at Christ’s view of Legalism. Of course, the parable of the Prodigal Son is all about the sin of self-righteous legalism and thus ignoring the weightier matters – specifically that EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS GIVEN TO US BY A LOVING CREATOR — EVERYTHING. We didn’t earn our life and our place in mortality by our valiant, PRE-MORTAL WORKS, We have literally been given everything by a loving creator. This is the lesson that JOB had to learn. We owe God literally everything – for He created everything.
This is all wrapped up on His declaration in Matthew 7:21 – “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”