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Share how to be completely worthy

 A number of years ago I read about Chinese water torture. A person is tied down and then water is slowly dripped on his forehead. It may sound completely harmless at first, but after hours and hours of incessant dripping, the localized pressure of the constant dripping creates great stress and agony for the person.

 

I have noticed in the Mormon church that there is an incessant urging to its members to be worthy or to become perfect. Hardly a week goes by without being told, in some way or another, to strive to be worthy. Matthew 5:48 is quoted often which reads, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” All this emphasis on striving to be worthy or becoming perfect can be nothing less than torturous with great stress and anxiety for many in the LDS church. It can often lead them to despair.

 

In striking contrast, think of the tremendous comfort that Christians receive from passages like Hebrews 10:14 which says: “by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Christians don’t have to strive to become perfect or become worthy because we receive perfection through Jesus. Jesus came to keep God’s law perfectly for us because we could not do it alone. He came to pay for all our sins with his death on the cross. He became our substitute. By faith, God now considers all those who trust in Christ as their substitute to be perfect and worthy enough. That is the great message He wants us to hear and to accept.

 

That message of Jesus’ being perfect or worthy for us is the message Mormons desperately need to hear. That is the message you need to share with them.

 

My name is Mark Cares, encouraging you to speak the truth in love to Mormons.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Share how to be completely worthy”


  1. July 21, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I really enjoy reading some of your opinions, and I truly mean that. I hope all people everywhere could always be as caring as you seem to be.

    That is a beautiful message about Jesus being perfect for us, and becoming our Mediator between us and God the Father, to allow us into Heaven even though we never will become perfect in this life.

    I obviously cannot speak for all members of the LDS Church, but I can speak for myself and say that this has never been a source of stress or anxiety for me. I know that I will never reach perfection. However, I do know that the Lord does require my personal best.

    One of the living apostles in our church recently wrote an article where he said this statement which fits perfectly to this topic:

    “There may be times when we feel overwhelmed, hurt, or on the edge of discouragement as we are trying so hard to be perfect members of the Church. Be assured, there is balm in Gilead. Let us listen to the prophets of our day as they help us to focus on the things that are central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The Lord knows us, He loves us, He wants us to succeed, and He encourages us by saying: “And see that all … things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that [men or women] should run faster than [they have] strength. … [But] it is expedient that [they] should be diligent” (Mosiah 4:27).”

    When I was a missionary, I used to use the analogy of the Church being like a hospital. It is made for people who are sick and in pain (spiritual sickness and pain, that is), and as a place of refuge for them.

    God bless.

  2. 2 markcares
    July 21, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    The Lord himself tells us what he requires. He tells us that in Matthew 5:48. “Be perfect”. He didn’t say strive to be perfect, prgress to be perfect, he demands perfection now. Perfecton is the entry requirement into his presence.
    I too could never be perfect in and of myself. That is why we desparately all need Jesus’ perfection. The only way that I can be perfect right now is by clothing myself with his righteousness (perfection). That is why Hebrews 10:14 is so wonderful. Note the past tense. Already perfected in Christ! That’s all the perfection I need.

  3. July 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    You hit the nail right on the head…

    “Perfection is the entry requirement into his presence.” That is exactly right! When we die, and are brought before the judgment-seat of God, if we are not perfect, we will not be able to enter into His presence.

    However, since we have not entered into His presence yet, perfection is not a requirement in this life on Earth. He expects no one to be perfect the entire duration of their lives.

    I hope this makes clear what our beliefs are :)

  4. 4 markcares
    July 22, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I have trouble with your statement that God expects no one to be pefect in this life when he says> “Be perfect.” Matthew 5:48. That’s not a future tense. That’s a present command. That seems pretty clear to me.

    Jesse, I think this is the heart of the matter. God does require perfection in this life. And the only way that anybody can meet that requirement is by making Jesus’ perfection their own. People who cover themselves with Christ’s righteousness are saints – one of the more common designations of believers in the Bible.

  5. July 22, 2008 at 2:50 am

    I believe me way be getting too nit-picky with our words :)

    You are right. God does require perfection of us, as you correctly pointed out in Matt. 5:48. However, He also knew that we will make mistakes in our lives, and would fall short of perfection. Here is seen the importance of atonement of Jesus Christ. Only through Him can we reach and maintain perfection.

    How does one make Jesus’ perfection their own?

  6. 6 markcares
    July 23, 2008 at 12:51 am

    We make Jesus’ perfection our own by faith. It is as if I told you I put a million dollars in the bank in your name. If you believed me, you would go to the bank, and the million dollars would be yours. If you didn’t believe, it technically would still be yours, but it would do you no good. In this regard, please also see my post about faith as a gift of God uner July 19th.


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