What a Sad Life

My Conversation with One Young Man

Yesterday as I was jogging home from the local gym, I came across a salesman fellow going door-to-door in my neighborhood. After quickly informing him that my family neither needed nor wanted a home security system, we struck up a conversation about sales, travel, and careers.

Soon I found out that he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a perversion of Christianity better known as Mormonism) who had already been on his two-year mission, was currently attending a well-known Mormon university, and was planning on getting married soon. He was saving up his summer earnings for his wedding and honeymoon. Nice plan, I thought.

I offered him a glass of water in our 97-degree heat, and he happily accepted. We sat on the porch as we drank, and I asked him about the Mormon gospel as he understood it. After a few wranglings here and there over terminology, we both agreed that their understanding of the gospel is very different from historic Protestant Christianity (which is why they started their own religion in the first place). And even though he insisted that we our differences didn’t matter much, I made it clear that they did. In fact, I told him, we really didn’t believe in the same God at all.

You see, he explained to me that they believe in a “faith-plus-works” salvation in which, “you do the best and he makes up the rest.” (Yes, he actually did say this line.) I responded to him that such a belief would make for a terrible life because you would constantly be trying to live up to God’s perfect standards, and failing, instead of relying in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection to stand in your place before God.

I told him that he in fact believed in no grace at all because, as Romans 11 says, faith is on the basis of grace, not works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. He had missed the very nature of God Himself – to freely give saving grace as He sees fit and do all of the work Himself on our behalf. This is exactly what Ephesians 2 teaches as well, I told him – salvation is by grace through faith, not as a result of works lest any man should boast.

He changed the subject and moved on, but the point had been made. Mormonism leads to a very sad life, indeed.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

One Response to What a Sad Life

  1. You may find http://www.goodnewsforlds.org to be a helpful resource where you can refer LDS members in conversation. It always comes back to “who do you say Jesus is?” Mormonism has lots of doctrinal problems, and that site addresses many of them – along with presenting the true Gospel – with lots of media available. It’s a very well put together site.
    ~Wendy at JGIG~

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