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Some reflections on Sola Fide and Mormonism.

That’s all you have to do? Believe? That’s it? That sounds too easy!" This is a refrain I hear anytime I explain the Gospel, and specifically what it means to be made right with God by faith, to Mormons. Here in America Sola Fide translates to easy-believe-ism. But that isn’t a fair representation of this doctrine for several reasons. And the opening phrase helps to demonstrate various facets of this misunderstanding: "That’s all you have to do?

First, easy-believe-ism turns faith into our work, — “That’s all you have to do?” — which stands in direct contrast to the idea of faith alone. If, in fact, it is faith alone that justifies us, then faith cannot be a work that we do, otherwise we would be justified by the product of our efforts: Our faith. It may be that the verb “believe” conveys this to the American mind, whether Mormon or otherwise. But Ephesians is clear: Faith is a gift of God, not of our works, so that no one can boast. 

Second, this conception of Sola Fide lowers the bar: “That’s all you have to do?” Whereas in the natural religious bent of the human heart toward law-keeping as a means of bribing God (we’re all naturally the Pharisee of Luke 18) we see the Law as an attainable goal and view perfection as a prize possible to be won, Sola Fide sees the perfectly Holy nature of God and understands that if we stumble in even one point of law-keeping, we’re guilty of breaking the whole law. Sola Fide doesn’t lower the bar to simply having faith; it raises the bar so we have no hope but that God would give us the gift of faith! It puts the Law of God back in its rightful place: As a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ, our savior, who gives us faith and leads us in righteousness for His glory.

I hope this helps you to see some of the reasons why God justifies us “by faith, apart from works of the Law.” God bless.



Today at lunch with Mormons.

  • Elder: Many plain and precious things are missing from the Bible.
  • Me: It doesn't seem like you could know that for sure unless you had a copy of the Bible with those plain and precious things. Otherwise how would you know those things were missing?



Do any Mormons want to defend their faith in a public debate? I’d be more than happy to participate.



samuelh98:

Scripture of the day James 1:5

And yet it doesn’t say that we should pray about whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. How odd…

samuelh98:

Scripture of the day James 1:5

And yet it doesn’t say that we should pray about whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. How odd…

(Source: samuelhernandez98)



The Miracle of Forgiveness

johnbobbin:

I recommend this book to any and every Latter-day Saint.  This book applies to you no matter where you are in your life.  The book offers heavy insights into sin and repentance, and I would recommend it to any teen.

This book is a perfect example of why I fear for Mormons. Spencer W. Kimball says that unless you have completely repented of all your sins, you cannot be forgiven. If that is true, I have to ask, have you, as a Mormon, completely repented of all your sins, or are you still in your sins? If you still have sin, you cannot be saved (Alma 11:37). If you haven’t denied yourself of all ungodliness, God’s grace is not sufficient for you (Moroni 10:32). So according to the BoM, and Spencer W. Kimball, who wrote The Miracle of Forgiveness, most Mormons who I talk to are unforgiven, unsaved, unclean, and will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. And why is that? Because Mormonism offers no hope! Mormonism cannot give you righteousness, it can only reveal your sinfulness. This is why the true Gospel is so much more powerful than Mormonism.



Adam fell that men might be? Do you mean when God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply,” they couldn’t actually keep that command until after the fall? This leads to some interesting questions…

Adam fell that men might be? Do you mean when God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply,” they couldn’t actually keep that command until after the fall? This leads to some interesting questions…

(Source: alternativecheese)



Prepping for the Mormons coming over tonight.

We’re gonna feed them! Yayyy! Pray for Olivia and I to show them the Truth of Jesus and the Love of God.



#mormons! #mormonism  (Taken with Instagram)

#mormons! #mormonism (Taken with Instagram)



Well this should be interesting. #mormonism (Taken with Instagram)

Well this should be interesting. #mormonism (Taken with Instagram)

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Anonymous asked: By the power of my Holy Melchizedek priesthood, I rebuke you. I command you to stop hate-mongering on the only true church on the face of the earth, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Your priesthood is powerless, when I have Christ for my priest. If you feel hatred is being taught, then perhaps you’re not actually reading what I’m saying. And I would like to point out that by claiming to be the only true church, you’re conversely saying that my faith is false. Can I call you a hate-mongerer now?