Throughout the christian world and many different denominations of the christian faith it is commonly held as truth that we can be saved by grace alone. Simply by declaring a belief in Christ we can be saved from our sins.
This is an amazing and fantastic idea. It is so simple yet so far from the truth that it is dangerous for anyone to hold such a view and be saved as most Christians would term it. If it were really that simple to save you from your sins simply by proclaiming a belief in Christ, then living a Christ like life becomes meaningless.
This declaration of such a simple way to be saved is from the book of Ephesians chapter 2 vs 8-9
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The problem with taking something as doctrine based on 2 verses in the bible which contains thousands of verses of doctrine is that you won’t and cannot understand the full doctrine based on such a small amount of scripture. I hope to bring some further understanding to this to explain why you cannot be simply be saved by grace alone.
Before I get to into that however, I think it is important to understand what grace is and how it Applies to our lives when it comes to achieving that ultimate reward of salvation. By ourselves we cannot hope to achieve perfection or that heavenly reward our father in heaven has in store for us. Christ our redeemer and savior suffered in Gethsemane and died on the cross so that we might have the chance to come to live with our father in heaven again. The grace he bestows upon us is that grace which ultimately in the end save us. The bible dictionary defines grace.
“A word that occurs frequently in the New Testament, especially in the writings of Paul. The main idea of the word is divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ.
It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by His atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality, every person receiving his body from the grave in a condition of everlasting life. It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.
Divine grace is needed by every soul in consequence of the Fall of Adam and also because of man’s weaknesses and shortcomings. However, grace cannot suffice without total effort on the part of the recipient. Hence the explanation, “It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Ne. 25:23). It is truly the grace of Jesus Christ that makes salvation possible. This principle is expressed in Jesus’ parable of the vine and the branches (John 15:1–11). See also John 1:12–17; Eph. 2:8–9; Philip. 4:13; D&C 93:11–14.”
The idea that one can live a life of sin and transgression against the laws of God and somehow be saved in the kingdom of heaven simply by professing a belief in Christ is not the doctrine of God, but as far as this blogger is concerned, is the doctrine of the Devil. It is a sweet sounding lie designed to lure away the believers to live a life of indulgence under the false idea that all will be well if they just profess belief. This is a Dangerous lie and should not be accepted or tolerated in any christian household or anyone who professes belief in the doctrine of God.
If we can be saved through grace alone, why then is there a need for repentance of any kind? Why the guilt at sin we commit in our lives. Why the need for church, scriptures, living a good life, loving our neighbour and keeping the commandments. All of this is meaningless if all we must do to be saved in the kingdom of God is to confess our faith and then go on our merry way. Wouldn’t that be nice. It would sure make life a lot easier. Faith is more than just professing a belief however. James explained it quite well in the book of James.