There are major points in Ephesians:2:8-10 that do not agree with LDS teaching and it is important to clarify these issues in order to lead Mormons to biblical salvation.Number 1 is their teaching of who Jesus is. Jesus Himself said that unless we believe that He is “I AM”, God, we will die in our sins, and cannot go to heaven. (John:8:24.) God became a man to save us. (John:1:1,14.) Only God can forgive sins. (Luke:5:20-21; Mark:2:7.) Jesus of Mormonism is not God who became a man, but a man who became a god, a brother of all, a created being, which, according to them, all mankind is, contrasting what the Bible says, i.e. that Jesus is God, Creator of all. (Matt:1:23; John:1:1-3, 14; Col:1:16; John:8:23-24.)The number 2 conflict with Mormon teaching is they believe they are “saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” (3rd Articles of Faith) – i.e. that by their works they earn salvation, and that “grace” is applicable only after they have done all that they can do. (“…for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”2 Nephi 25:23.) This is a real problem for Mormons because grace without works is taught to be “one of the most untrue doctrines found in modern Christendom”.(Mormon Doctrine,p. 671.)
In Mormonism ”salvation by grace alone” means “resurrection alone” and if one is not a Mormon working for salvation, resurrection alone will bring only damnation. (See Mormon Doctrine p. 671.) It is important to stress the biblical truth that to be saved, we must follow the One who is the Truth, and whose Word is Truth. (John:14:6; 17:17).
(Higley, H.I.S. Ministries September Newsletter, covering August 2010, 9/1/2010).