Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Joseph Smith on Grace

I was recently reminded of Joseph Smith's discussion of the doctrine of grace. I post it because the doctrine of grace has been being replaced by a false protestant version.

"The doctrine that the Presbyterians and Methodists have quarreled so much about--one in grace, always in grace, or falling away from grace, I will say a word about. They are both wrong. Truth takes a road between them both, for while the Presbyterian says: "Once in grace, you cannot fall"; the Methodist says: "You can have grace today, fall from it tomorrow, next day have grace again; and so follow on, changing continually." But the doctrine of the Scriptures and the spirit of Elijah would show them both false, and take a road between them both; for, according to the Scripture, if men have received the good word of God, and tasted of the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, it is impossible to renew them again, seeing they have crucified the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame; so there is a possibility of falling away; you could not be renewed again, and the power of Elijah cannot seal against this sin, for this is a reserve made in the seals and power of the Priesthood." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 308)

Grace, as understood by Joseph Smith, was to have received the good word of God and tasted of the powers of the world to come, to be bound up by the power of Elijah. For one who has grace and has fallen away it is impossible to renew them again, because they have crucified the Son of God afresh.

That is quite interesting. Clearly, in Joseph Smith's mind, grace as he used he word wasn't something that was received at baptism, because there were members that were baptized, and then fell away, but were later renewed unto baptism. Nor was it received simply by being made an elder or a high priest, or being endowed, or even being sealed. Men and women have been "renewed" after falling away from any and all of these. Grace as Joseph Smith felt the term applied, required tasting of the powers of the world to come. In fact, one who was in grace did so to such a degree that if he or she were to fall away, it would be impossible to be renewed.J

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