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.:ARE YOU PREPARED TO MEET GOD? --A simple test for the honest Latter-Day Saint
“Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? …Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.” — Alma 5:27-28, Book of Mormon
1. Have you done “all” you can do for salvation?
According to Mormonism, Jesus refinanced the sin-debt we owed Heavenly Father. It is now up to us to repay Jesus by complying with the “laws and ordinances” of the gospel. Have you done “all you can do” to pay your sin-debt to Jesus? Are there any commandments you have failed to obey?
2. Have you achieved perfection “in this mortal life”?
“Perfection…is an achievable goal.” It is a command from the Lord. Jesus said, “be” perfect. He did not say, “become” perfect. Perfection is not a process; it is an event. The word “be” indicates a state of existence that must be instantaneously achieved and sustained in our mortal lives. Kimball goes on to explain:
Some may feel that it is unreasonable to believe that God would require total perfection in this mortal life. After all, one might think: “‘The Lord knows my heart is right and that I have good intentions.…’ But will one receive eternal life on the basis of his good intentions?” Kimball asks. He goes on to say:
3. Have you repeated a sin after asking for forgiveness?
“There is one crucial test of repentance. This is abandonment of the sin….The saving power does not extend to him who merely wants to change his life.…Nor is repentance complete when one merely tries to abandon sin....To ‘try’ is weak. To ‘do the best I can’ is not strong. We must always do better than we can....” —The Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 163-165
In your repentance, are you doing “better” than you can? Have you permanently abandoned all of the sins you have ever committed? Gospel Principles explains: “Those who receive forgiveness and then repeat the sin are held accountable for their former sins.” 1.
“And now, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, will not lay any sin to your charge; go your ways and sin no more; but unto that soul who sinneth shall the former sins return, saith the Lord your God.” —Doctrine and Covenants, Section 82:7
4. Have you “procrastinated” the day of your repentance?
Have you confessed and repented of every sin that you have ever committed? Are you confident that you will never repeat any of these sins in the future? If repentance requires the abandonment of sin, and if repeating a sin after receiving forgiveness makes you “accountable” for your former sins, how can you claim that you have totally repented of all your sins?
This is why Jesus said that we must “be perfect” in this mortal life if we are to merit eternal life with Heavenly Father. If you have failed to completely repent by eradicating sin in your life, you are guilty of procrastinating the day of your repentance.
Just as the Book of Mormon states: “If we do not improve our time while in this life,…that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world after you have died.” This is why, if we are to merit eternal life, physical perfection must be accomplished in this mortal life.
5. Have you cleared “all ungodliness” out of your life?
Mormonism teaches that you must “deny” yourself of “all ungodliness” before you can receive the saving “grace” of Christ. Is it any wonder Mormonism makes forgiveness conditional upon your ability to repent by abandoning sin? This is why the Jesus of Mormonism “cannot” save you while you are in a condition of unworthiness, being “in your sins.”
6. Is Jesus sufficient or is He only necessary?
Jesus is either 100% sufficient for your perfection or He is just a “necessary” step in the process. If He is truly sufficient to cover your sins, you do not need to add works to make yourself acceptable to God; for the Bible declares: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” 2.
In order for something to be a “gift,” it must be given freely with no terms or conditions attached. If there is anything that we must do to merit or earn eternal life (or to pay Jesus back for His sacrifice), salvation would not be a gift, but rather, a payment or wage for what is earned. 3.
If we did not have the ability to pay our sin-debt to Heavenly Father in the first place, how could we ever have the ability pay the debt to Jesus? The Bible proclaims that “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” 4. Just as it is impossible for “filthy rags” to clean something to spotless perfection, so it is with our souls. “All” righteous efforts done to merit eternal life are nothing but “filthy rags” of pride.
The standard required for worthiness is physical perfection in this mortal life. Jesus Christ is the only person who met this test. He lived the perfect life and died in your place—paying the full penalty for your sin so that His righteous perfection could be credited to your account. But just as any gift must be accepted before it can be applied, so it is with Christ. You must personally come to Jesus, admit that you’re a sinner and that you can do nothing to save yourself. Why not come to Jesus today and ask Him to give you His righteousness in exchange for your sin?
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