by Sharon Lindbloom 20 December 2017 According to a recent Deseret News article, back in 1980 it became apparent that Mormons didn’t understand that “grace” had a place in their religion. Latter-day Saints who had been interviewed for a Newsweek article titled, “What Mormons Believe,” so described their Mormon faith that the journalist concluded, “Mormons […]
During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. The quotes from Hinckley are in bold, with my comments […]
Note: The following was originally printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever When speaking to individuals who place a strong emphasis on personal performance when it comes to being justified before God, one can unwittingly fail to emphasize that the New Testament has much to […]
Note: The following was originally printed in the September/October 2016 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. By Bill McKeever John Newton (1725-1807), the slave trader turned Anglican pastor, wrote many hymns during his lifetime, but none have enjoyed as much fame as “Amazing Grace.” According to Newton biographer, Jonathan Aitken, “Amazing Grace” is […]
Compiled by Eric Johnson Highlighted parts are key quotes that may have been used on the radio shows 5 questions for chapter 4 (to answer before you study chapter 4) According to verse 4, it is possible to be “adopted as sons.” Do you know someone who was adopted by parents? What was the motivation of […]
Compiled by Eric Johnson 5 questions for chapter 1 (to answer before you study chapter 2) In verse 2, Paul says he wanted “to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.” It appears he was doing a self-check. In what ways have you in the past done a periodic review to […]
Response to Kevin Graham Rejoinder by Eric Johnson (Editor’s Note: In order to make this review easier to read, all original quotes used from the Mormonism 201 rebuttal are boldfaced and italicized to separate these from the rest of the rejoinder.) Though Kevin Graham writes one of the longer rebuttals in the Mormonism 201 project, he is […]
Brad Wilcox is a religion professor at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University who also serves on the Sunday School board. He gave a devotional address at BYU on July 12, 2011 that has been widely circulated on the Internet. The talk, titled “His Grace is Sufficient: How does God’s Grace really work?” tries to make sense of biblical grace in the light of Latter-day Saint teaching. An edited version of the talk was included on pages 35-37 of the September 2013 issue of the Ensign. This article takes a closer look at the original talk and determines whether or not Mormonism’s version of grace coincides with biblical Christianity. An 8-part series on Wilcox’s talk will air on the Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast in October.
Grace. Generally refers to the general salvation everyone receives by being born onto this earth, through the work of Jesus and His atonement. Exaltation, or individual salvation, requires many works. As twelfth President Spencer W. Kimball said, “One of the most fallacious doctrines originated by Satan and propounded by man is that man is saved alone by the grace of God; that belief in Jesus Christ alone is all that is needed for salvation” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 206.
It is no secret that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a unique definition for the word salvation. In the words of Mormon Apostle Bruce McConkie, salvation must be understood in light of these two definitions:
- “Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, consists in the mere fact of being resurrected. In this sense salvation is synonymous with immortality; it is the inseparable connection of body and spirit so that the resurrected personage lives forever.”
- “Conditional or individual salvation, that which comes by grace coupled with gospel obedience, consists in receiving an inheritance in the celestial kingdom of God. This kind of salvation follows faith, repentance, baptism, receipt of the Holy Ghost, and continued righteousness to the end of one’s mortal probation” (Mormon Doctrine pp. 669-670).
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