Sin & Grace

“We believe that men and women will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam or Eve’s transgression.” -Second Article of Faith

The human race is a race of fallen beings. While Adam and Eve were likely the first humans we are aware of the Lord introduced himself to, they were not the first people. They are the first parents of our salvation. Through them both spiritual life and death enter the world. They are the first man and woman we know that received and taught the Gospel to the world. It is because of Adam and Eve humans first learned that through Christ we may repent and return to our Heavenly Parents (2 Nephi 2: 18-25, OPV). [1]

Sin

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” – Paul (Romans 3: 22-24)

All mankind has sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. It is not for us to judge others, but to love and accept our neighbors (Matthew 7: 1-5). Once a person accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they allow His Grace to grow within them. Because of this, they reject sin and spiritual death. This leads us to desire baptism by water and fire. For those wishing to join an officially organized Latter Day Saint/Mormon denomination, requirements will very. The Sacraments of Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands will not be rejected to anyone over the age of 8 years within the Fellowship.

Grace

“…the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.” – Jacob (Jacob 3:8 RAV, 4: 7, OPV)

It is by Grace that we are saved, after all we can do (2 Nephi 11:48 RAV, 25: 26 OPV). In the past, before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, “all we could do” meant obedience to the Law of Moses (2 Nephi 11:45 RAV, 25: 24 OPV). However, with the resurrection of Jesus Christ there are parts of the Law that we no longer follow. These include dietary restrictions, the sacrifice of animals, etc. As to the laws we do follow, the Book of Mormon makes it clear that we can only obey (do Good Works) through Grace (Jacob 3:8 RAV, 4: 7 OPV).

Rather than seeking to live by a set of strict guidelines, we attempt to follow the Spirit to the best of our ability as we grow, Grace by Grace, in Jesus Christ. This means:

  1. Accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior
  2. Loving the Lord with all of our mind, might and strength
  3. Loving our neighbor as ourselves
  4. Following the promptings of the Spirit

All of the Law and the Prophets rest on these (Matthew 22: 35-40). We cannot love the Lord if we do not know Jesus Christ. We cannot love our neighbors until we see them as the Lord sees them – as family. We can only do this through our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

This doesn’t mean that we no longer have to obey the commandments of God, it means that we must follow the Holy Spirit to know the Lord’s will for us. Beyond this, each Mormon denomination has unique views of the role of Grace and Works with Salvation. Some require temple ceremonies, polygamy, and other works. Some require little more than baptism into any Christian denomination.

Have questions? Contact us: info@cjccf.org

1 While the Fellowship is not a church, those with the proper keys can baptize souls into the universal Church of Jesus Christ, making the baptized non-denominational Christians/Mormons. Those requesting baptism are asked a few simple questions before joining about their faith in Jesus Christ and his Resurrection. Those under 18 must have their parent or guardian’s permission. Beyond these it is up to each individual to pray and determine for themselves their worthiness to partake of the Holy Sacraments (1 Corinthians 11: 29)

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