7 Habits of Highly Effective Mormons – I promise to only use this phrase once a week or so:
Mormons are experts in using the same vocabulary as Christians, but they use a different dictionary.
That sums it up rather well. Different God, different Jesus, different salvation, different Heaven, etc.
Answer 20 out of 50 Answers to 50 Mormon Answers to 50 Anti-Mormon Questions – A fantastic analysis of the faith/works topics, highlighting several key issues and the deceptive use of out of context quotes and logical fallacies.
We will address the word of God in a moment, but let’s just look at some of the quotes listed at the link entitled “Early Christian views on salvation.” First, the first quote from Justin Martyr, a quote that is taken so far out of context it may never find its way back:
Justin Martyr (110-165 A.D.) said “works deliverance from death to those who repent of their wickedness and believe upon Him.” (Ante-Nicene Fathers 1:249, chap 100, Dialogue with Trypho)
Let’s look at the ENTIRE quote:
And by her has He been born, to whom we have proved so many Scriptures refer, and by whom God destroys both the serpent and those angels and men who are like him; but works deliverance from death to those who repent of their wickedness and believe upon Him.” (Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho 100)
What an outrageous abuse of a quote! “Works” is a verb for something God is doing in the original context, but the Mormon apologist cuts it off mid-sentence to treat it as an adjective for deliverance done by humans.
But let me tell you the way it really is: You see, to a Mormon, grace is nothing more than Financial Aid. God stands far away, and says, “You have a debt to pay. You pay off as much of it as you can, and I’ll make up the difference.” But that’s not how it is. Salvation by the grace of God means this: That we owed a debt–A 3 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT–and there was no way we could even begin to pay it with our own righteousness. Because the little trinkets of our “good deeds” are nothing more than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). No, my friend, God does not command us to “do good works,” and then promise to save us “after we have done all that we can do.” He pays off the debt completely, wiping it out with the blood of Christ.
What is interesting is how the Mormon apologists don’t deny the role of works in salvation as many of their followers do here. They embrace it and insist that the early church did as well.
The rest of the post and the whole series are very thorough and accurate. I highly recommend them.
Top 10 False Beliefs of Mormonism – thorough and loving comment thread helps explain the problems with this belief system.