Is God's grace sufficient?
God's grace is difficult to comprehend.
Mormonism teaches that we can be "like" God. Their version of grace comes with many conditions. This contrasts sharply with the biblical teaching that grace is an unconditional gift that can only be received by faith.
How can we share the true teachings of grace with a Mormon?
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)
Mormonism is a man-centered religion where grace becomes the apple on a stick pushed out in front of a horse. Grace is a gift from God, but it can only given after you have done all you could do to finish your journey. In reading a well-known article entitled, "His Grace is Sufficient" (by Brad Wilcox, Ensign, September 2013), a Christian can receive valuable insight on the LDS version of grace.
When sharing God's Word with a Mormon, we can refer to this article and ask the question, "What is grace sufficient for?"
According to the article, a couple of versions of grace are presented. In one way, grace is a gift from God that allows everyone to be in God's presence to on judgment day, so a Mormon can say that grace is sufficient. However, God will judge a person's obedience to determine their degree of glory. A Mormon can "practice" their obedience and work hard to change through a process of repentance. Therefore, in that process, grace can become sufficient by providing a supply of energy and strength to endure and be obedient until the end.
A wonderful opportunity now presents itself to share the biblical concept of grace.
In contrast to Mormonism, a Christian can state that because of God's gift of grace, they already know their status on judgment day. While a Mormon works hard to feel comfortable about their righteousness when God judges them, a Christian relies on Christ's work to receive comfort that they will be judged worthy to live eternally with Heavenly Father.
We can present these verses:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any many should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Grace is a gift extended by God as an act of favor to an undeserving people and humbly received.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
By believing in his promise of grace, we receive eternal life. No other conditions are applied.
The miracle of grace is that by believing in God's promises, a person receives the status of being fully forgiven right now. Faith receives the full benefits of what Christ completed for us on the cross. His perfect obedience becomes our perfect obedience. He became our substitute on the cross and took upon himself the punishment for all of our sins. A believer is declared justified by faith alone.
We can conclude our discussion on grace by sharing with a Mormon about God's perfect love. Since God is perfect, He provides perfect gifts. One of the greatest gifts he gives to us is a ticket to heaven that was purchased for us by Jesus Christ. This ticket is sufficient for a believer to be declared worthy. God places this gift into our hand. Our faith clutches the ticket and keeps it as a valued possession. On judgment day, God takes the ticket He gave us and opens wide the gate into His eternal presence.
That is the grace I know and have already received from God.