Latter-day Grace : Comparing Justifying Grace in Latter-Day Saint and Traditional Christian theology
La Mirada, California
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Two roadblocks to effective evangelization of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are: 1) Lack of Christian involvement in evangelism to LDS members; 2) Distinctions between the gospels of LDS and traditional Christian theology are lost due to surface/structural similarities. This project exposes the deep differences between justifying grace (how we get eternal life) in the LDS and traditional Christian faith. For the LDS, faith in Jesus' work is necessary, but not sufficient, for eternal life, whereas, in traditional Christian theology, faith in Christ is necessary and sufficient for eternal life. Based on this distinction, the researcher has developed a method for training Christians and evangelizing LDS members such that Christians are more likely to evangelize to LDS members and LDS members are more likely to hear the gospel clearly as they learn the distinct positions each faith holds regarding justifying grace.