Q. I have a Mormon friend who believes and practices everything her church teaches her. I have witnessed to her many times but to no avail. After sending her bible tracts and dozens of online articles pointing out failed prophecies by past Mormon elders, and being continually ignored, I feel it is time for me to step aside. Perhaps someone else will manage to convince her of what I couldn’t. My question is this: if, for some reason, she never does change her viewpoint and dies with her same beliefs, is she saved?
A. Very few people are ever persuaded to change their beliefs by being told they’re wrong, even when evidence is offered. All one can do is show them the truth and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them into understanding. If you’ve done that, you’ve done all anyone can do. Stop debating her but keep praying for her.
Salvation is ours only by grace through faith, and not by our own works. (Ephes. 2:8-9) If your friend has confessed the Lord as her Savior and believes He did everything necessary to provide for her salvation then she is saved. But if she thinks she is even partially responsible for saving herself she is not, because she has denied the sufficiency of the Lord’s work on her behalf and relegated His death to the same status as the animals of Old Testament sacrifices.