Thoughts and Truth from the Impossible Life

Salvation and Works

Does the LDS church have everything 100% correct? Of course not. Does any denomination or church have everything 100% correct? Of course not.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:26

I believe.

Regarding the idea of works being necessary:

1 John 1:7-10
1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

John is instructing us about the obligation we have due to receiving atonement through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness does not remove from us the obligation to keep the commands of God. The law of God is not done away once we are under the blood of Jesus Christ. His death paid for our past sins. Though His death will pay for sins committed after our original forgiveness, we are urged not to break God’s laws. Sinning without serious regard and deep appreciation for Christ’s death brings us into danger of committing the unpardonable sin (Hebrews 10:26, 28-29). A disciplined and robust effort to obey God’s commands witnesses to Him the depth of our appreciation for the grace He gives through Christ.
Consider the words of Christ in Luke 9:23-24:

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

–The words of Christ in Matthew 19:17.
The truth is that we are saved by the grace of Christ which is offered to us through a covenant, a two-way contract: if we accept Christ and do our part, following and obeying him, then Christ does everything else, forgiving us, cleansing us, healing us, and giving us power to return to the presence of the Father – not because we earned it, but because we accepted the terms upon which he offers his infinite grace and mercy. Even in the days of Moses, the Lord proclaimed that God “shows mercy to those that keep his commandments” (Deut. 5:10), a principle that has not changed. The mercy or grace offered through a two-way covenant with Christ is implied in the Third LDS Article of Faith, and in the teaching of the prophet Nephi who wrote in 2 Nephi 25:23:

For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

The Church’s emphasis on personal responsibility and the need for self-disciplined obedience may seem to de-emphasize the role of Christ’s grace; however, for Latter-day Saints, obedience is but one blade of the scissors. All of LDS theology also reflects the major premise of the Book of Mormon that without grace there is no salvation: “For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Ne. 25:23). The source of this grace is the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ: “Mercy cometh because of the Atonement” (Alma 42:23).

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Christian Calling and Purpose

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Calling and Purpose
If you are a follower of Jesus, a Christian, then you share the same purpose as all other followers. Your purpose is to “Know Him, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent”, as THIS is eternal life. So we all have the same purpose, to know, love and serve God. But we each also have something specific to do with our LIFE, that gives our life meaning, that is the means to our provision, that makes us the most effective, and advances the Kingdom of God when it is devoted to Him. This is your and my “Life’s Work”© . Your Life’s Work© is the primary outcome of your life, it is the “works” that have been prepared in advance for you to do.- Eph 2:10. Your Life’s Work© is the work that is referred to in Eph 4:16- …..the body…….builds itself up in love, as each part does ITS work. It the “WORKS” are hands “find to do” in Ecc 9:10. Our Life’s Work© can only be done BY US! No one else can do it for you. Your Life’s Work© is not a job and it is not a calling.

It is important to know that a Calling is a job God gives you and some callings last a lifetime. On my radio show, “God’s Work in Progress” I did a great show with Michael Novak, an Author and Speaker who is also a former Ambassador to the UN under President’s Ford and Carter. On his show appearance we discussed his great book “Business as a Calling”. Michael considers himself called to write. It is what he’s always wanted to do. But if you examine his life you can see that he has a Core Passion to write about certain things, and make certain points, address certain issues. He also has a great ability to communicate which is a more Core Competence than writing as he also makes speeches. When he applies this competence to his passion he has a sense of significance that can only be described as “Divine”. He is atONE with his Creator in his work. There is not a better satisfaction than that!

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