By Duane S. Crowther
Information about the audio download Are You Saved? A Latter-day Saint’s View of Faith, Works, Grace, and Salvation
Are You Saved? A Latter-day Saint’s View of Faith, Works, Grace, and Salvation deals with profound questions which have eternal significance for all mankind. Is man saved by grace? Can a person be saved merely by believing in Christ and accepting Jesus as his Savior without doing any works? Are repentance and baptism necessary? This discussion gives solid scriptural answers to these questions as it compares the Mormon perspective of salvation to the parallel Protestant viewpoint. He recognizes that man is saved through the grace of Jesus Christ; that all have sinned and are in need of Christ’s saving grace; and that Adam’s fall subjected mankind to sin and both physical and spiritual death. He asks the probing question: “Is your concept of salvation a something-for-nothing insurance policy?” In a series of fourteen probing questions and answers, the author discusses Christ’s redeeming grace, sin and its effects upon man, the fall of Adam, why the atonement was necessary, how the Lord was able to pay for man’s sins, faith, works, and being born again. He defines “sin,” “faith,” “works,” “justification,” “sanctification,” “born again,” “Adam’s fall,” and Christ’s “atonement.” The author also focuses on seven areas in Protestant practice concerning “being saved” which he feels are in serious conflict with the scriptures: (1) lack of true repentance, (2) rejection of the need for baptism to be performed by one holding authority, (3) presumed guidance of the Holy Ghost, 4) antinomianism–assumed invulnerability to losing salvation, (5) assumed freedom from ethical and moral responsibilities, (6) failure to seek eternal rewards, and (7) lack of knowledge of after-death events. He observes that the real question is not “Do you accept Jesus?” but rather, “Does Jesus accept you?” The messages of Are You Saved? A Mormon’s View of Faith, Works, Grace, and Salvation have great potential to touch the hearts of honest seekers of truth.
(Talk length: 76 minutes)