Monday, May 20, 2013

Saved by Grace Monday Mormon Myths and truths #3


MORMONS DON"T BELIEVE IN BEING SAVED BY GRACE

ANSWER: I hope you will hear this loud and clear this is 100% FALSE

Amen and Hallelujah!!  If you ever hear someone answer "no" to whether Mormons believe they will be saved by Jesus' grace, then they simply don't understand our doctrine.  The Book of Mormon is laced throughout the pages on this doctrine and teaches us that "there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2nd Nephi 2:8)  THERE ARE MORE THAN TWENTY EIGHT REFERENCES TO "grace" in the Book of Mormon, and the concluding message of the Book of Mormon is this:

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might mind and strength, then is the grace sufficient for you, that by His grace ye may be perfect in Christ"  (Moroni 10:32)

The idea that Mormons believe in salvation by doing good works is not true.  Mormons try to do good works for a few simple reasons

1. we love Jesus and therefore worship Him by striving to follow His teachings and example
(John 14:15)
2. when we do good works, we become more receptive to and influenced by God's spirit, which produces increased joy, love and happiness in our lives (Galatians 5:22-25)
3. we want to be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants  with God that will bind us to Christ eternally.

However, I will say this, even if every Mormon in the world, fed all the hungry people in the world, put clothes on all the naked, gave all they had to the poor, prayed 100 times a day and studied the scriptures until our eyes popped out, we still do not think those works would save us.  So really what we believe is that it is ONLY through the grace of Jesus that we will be SAVED.  There is no end to Jesus' ability to SAVE.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Please address the issue of birth control.
To phrase it as myth(s), how about something like:
The Mormon Church teaches that efforts/methods to prevent pregnancy are unacceptable for healthy, married couples.
and/or
Mormon couples should have as many children as they can afford to raise, with 8 being the preferrable number.

Thanks again,

Jean

Monya Williams said...

Jean--I am not sure where you are getting this information from--but I am loving all these questions of yours--this one makes any of us laugh out loud who are LDS...I will address it, next week .

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I look forward to your post.
These. two myths/questions result from common stereotypes about Mormons. I am happy to entertain you, as you strive to provide information and correct misconceptions.
Jean