Salvation

 

 

The blood of Jesus alone can’t cleanse a Christian from certain sins

 

 

 

Mormons teach that in the case of grievous sins, a Christian must add his own blood to the blood of Christ to atone for his transgressions. Joseph Fielding Smith said: ‘Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf. …. Man may commit certain grievous sins – according to his light and knowledge – that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone – so far as in his power lies – for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail’ (Doctrines of Salvation, I, 135,134). Bruce McConkie wrote in Mormon Doctrine: ‘… under certain circumstances there are some serious sins for which the cleansing of Christ does not operate, and the law of God is that men must have their own blood shed to atone for theirs sins …’ (Mormon Doctrine, 1958, page 87). The Encyclopedia of Mormonism confirms this doctrine somehow; listen to what it affirms: ‘However, if a person thereafter commits a grievous sin such as the shedding of innocent blood, the Saviour’s sacrifice alone will not absolve the person of the consequences of the sin. Only by voluntarily submitting to whatever penalty the Lord may require can that person benefit from the atonement of Christ’ (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York-Toronto 1992, vol. 1, page 131). As you can see, the penalty is not specified but it is very easy to suppose it in the light of what Joseph Smith affirmed, as he said: ‘And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come. And again I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall die’ (Doctrine and Covenants 42:18-19).

This doctrine called ‘blood atonement’ was practiced in the past by Mormons (according to John D. Lee ‘the most deadly sin among the people was adultery, and many men were killed in Utah for that crime’, Confessions of John D. Lee , 1880, page 282) however it is not practiced by faithful Mormons today. The principle on which it is based, however, has not yet been denied by the Mormon church. Some of the polygamous cults which have broken off from the Mormon church still strongly advocate the doctrine of blood atonement.

 

Confutation

 

The Holy Scripture says: “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7) and also: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Christ atoned for all our sins, there are no sins for which we must shed our own blood, Jesus Christ “is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:1), in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace (cf. Ephesians 1:7).

The doctrine of blood atonement was absolutely foreign to the early Church, for James, the Lord’s brother, in his epistle wrote to those saints who had become enemies of God through their sins and among the sins they committed there was even murder (as it is written: “You murder and covet and cannot obtain” James 4:2 – NKJV), the following words: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:7-10).

All those who teach and advocate the doctrine of blood of atonement are of the devil, because they advocate murder and we know that the devil “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44 – NKJV). Beware of them for they are merciless people.

 

 

 

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