A Summary of LDS and Evangelical Teachings on

Justification and Sanctification

 

       Evangelical Teaching LDS Teaching
J

U

S

T

I

F

C

A

T

I

O

N

A one time event

Synonymous with saved

Declared clean

Received by faith

A gift–by grace

Cannot be earned

Cannot be merited
  

Unconditionally guaranteed
to every Christian
  

Binding immediately upon
accepting Christ as Savior

Cannot be lost

A one time event

Synonymous with saved

Declared clean

Received by faith

A gift–by grace

Cannot be earned

Cannot be merited
But, faithfulness required

A contingent future blessing
provisionally received when
living in covenant

Binding only when
sealed by the Holy Spirit

Lost when unfaithful to covenants    
Cannot be lost after death

S

A

N

C

T

I

F

I

C

A

T

I

O

N

A process

Become clean/pure/holy

A gift–by grace

Begins when saved

Cleansed by the Holy Spirit

Will happen if saved

Should support and cooperate

Required action: REPENTANCE

Become dead to sin

Put off the natural man

Become a new creature in Christ

God will do it all on His schedule     
Man should help

Work will continue after this life
until perfection is achieved

Objective: Become like Christ

A process

Become clean/pure/holy

A gift–by grace

Begins with baptism

Cleansed by the Holy Spirit

Will happen if faithful

Must support and cooperate

Required action: REPENTANCE

Become dead to sin

Put off the natural man

Become a new creature in Christ

Man must do all he can do
God will help

Work will continue after this life
until perfection is achieved

Objective: Become what Christ is!