They’ve started tearing down the burned-out buildings. Mark Crane, owner of Mark’s Pizzeria, is rebuilding. He says the new building will look like the old one, and his restaurant will be larger with an open green space next to it where people can eat outside. I applaud Mark for his actions. I am positive his rebuild will be an asset to this village.
We got hit by quite the monsoon today. It came late afternoon. And, of course, water came in the basement again. Ugh. No sooner as I get it dried out, another big storm hits.
I noticed an altercation between one of the anti-Mormons and a newscaster. I’m not sure what kicked it off, but the newscaster yelled something at him and pointed as if to say, “get lost”. I think some of the anti-Mormons do not understand the principle that you catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.
The biggest thing they try to do is convince members of the church that we are wrong because we don’t believe we are saved by grace. Well, first off all, that’s wrong. The Book of Mormon says, we are saved by grace, but they are quick to point out that it is followed by, “after all we can do.”
Well, duh. After all we can do, we still come up short and that’s where grace comes in.
Of course, if you use their argument, everyone is saved.
You’re saying, “Wait, everyone who confesses Jesus is Lord is saved according to them.”
Well, that’s true. They use Romans 10:9…
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Now, before I go on, Mormons (Latter-day Saints, Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) believe this scripture too, but we also believe it does not negate the importance of keeping God’s commandments. However, I’ve been flat-out told by a born-again Christian that if a murder confesses his belief in Jesus Christ on his death bed, that’s all that is needed for him to go to heaven.
That said, let’s read Romans 14:11…
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
By their own belief, everyone will be saved… if they also believe Romans 14:11.
The bottom line is that no unclean thing can enter the Kingdom of God. (Ephesians 5:5)
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
I think that’s pretty clear. Coupling Ephesians 5:5 with Romans 14;11, one must conclude that even those who confess Jesus is their Lord, unless they become clean, they won’t enter the Kingdom of God. And, since we are all unclean, that is where grace comes in, however, we rob the justice of God and make him a liar if we believe we can live a riotous life and still be saved.
Let’s look at a few more scriptures regarding the necessity to keep the commandments (i.e. works):
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
1 John 3:18
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
I simply have to conclude that a mere admittance that Jesus is one’s savior is not enough. You have to live as though you believe it, and even that will fall short, and that is where grace makes up the difference.
P.S. The Book of Mormon speaks more of Jesus Christ than the New Testament. I find it interesting that those who try to discourage people from reading it, haven’t read it themselves. I guess it is kind of like the men who tried to rob Joseph Smith of the gold plates while claiming they didn’t exist.