I have just returned from a trip on which I had the opportunity to give a number of presentations on the differences between Mormonism and the Bible. One simple comparison I make in those presentations is that the Bible talks about God giving us salvation while Mormonism talks about God giving us a plan of salvation. There’s a whole lot of difference between the two.
I realize that Mormonism often defines salvation differently – sometimes equating it with resurrection; other times including within it exaltation (Mormonism’s belief that people can become gods). But to me, the important word is the word “plan”. Plan implies that it is not completed. As the popular saying goes, “Plan the work and then work the plan.”
Significantly, the Bible never once uses the word “plan” or mentions a “plan of salvation”. But it does talk a lot about salvation. “O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation; (note not his plan of salvation), his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.” (Psalm 98:1-2) Note how it is a done deed.
Again, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10) The garments of salvation are already made. The Lord even puts them on the person. There’s no plan here. Rather this describes a wonderful gift.
Salvation or Plan of Salvation. A simple comparison. But also a profound difference.