Monday, April 13, 2015

The Atonement of Christ is Power

I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith—History, Joseph Smith—History 1)

When 14-year-old Joseph Smith went into what is referred to now as the Sacred Grove to pray to pray concerning the welfare of his soul and to ask which church to join. Joseph Smith received a marvelous and miraculous heavenly visitation of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

During this heavenly visitation Joseph Smith asked which church he should join.  His Christian father was disallusioned by organized religion.  His mother and siblings were drawn to the Presbyterian while he preferred the Methodist.  Christ's response surprised Joseph. Never before had he considered that all the churches were in error.  One reason Christ gave for their error was that they "denied the power of godliness".

What is the power of God?  What does it mean to deny the power of godliness?  How do other churches deny the power of God? 

Power is a physics principle, specifically the ability to do work. Power equals work divided by time.  Work is also a principle of physics and natural law, specifically force times time. However, the interesting aspect of work is that if you push against a wall, you may have exerted a lot of effort and energy; but, if the wall doesn't move, then no work has been performed.  And if no work has been performed, there is no power.

False religion likes to talk about the Atonement of Christ that is all grace without power.  Power to do what?  Power to repent, power to change, power to receive personal revelation from God, to confer priesthood authority, to experience miracles, to continue to call living prophets, apostles, and seventies, to build sacred temples, and for husbands and wives to be married in this life and to continue to be sealed together for eternity.  

For many religions, it is enough to want to repent and change and resist the natural man without being given hope that they can actually do it. For many religions it is enough to ponder the meaning and purpose of life without actually expecting to receive an answer. However, in the true Church of Christ, Christ's Atonement has the power to transform us, sanctify us, perfect us in Christ and reveal to us the answers to the important questions of the soul.  The atonement of Christ is power to divide the seas and move mountains, even personal ones.


Carol said...

Hello David,
I have a few things I would like to respond to in this post, but for now I will stick with the atonement.
This link helps on understanding Eternal marriage
I would like to hear what you think Romans 10:1-13 means ?
10 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them[a] is for their salvation! 2 I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end[b] of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them.[c] 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven?”[d] that is, to bring Christ down7 or, “Who will go down into the abyss?”[e] that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.[f] This is the message of faith that we proclaim: 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame,[g] 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.[h]

You said “False religion likes to talk about the Atonement of Christ that is all grace without power”
Believing that Jesus makes us righteous with his blood shows incredible power.( 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 1:17, Romans 4:25, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Ephesians 1:7,ephesians 2:1-9)
As a born again believer one knows that God moves in and starts changing you (James 2). A born again Christian loves God and follow his commands out of complete gratitude for a gift (free you cannot possible pay back), (eternal life).
We do believe in the power of God to change us, however we also know we could never become perfectly righteous here on earth otherwise Jesus would not have had to come, only accepting the gift of the atonement can do that for us. John 1:12
Jesus tells us that we don’t need anyone (man) to teach us that he will through the Holy Spirit 1 John 2:27
Are you saying you believe LDS can perfect themselves here on earth? If so have you? Do you know a LDS member that has?
Jesus tells us we will have trials in this life (John 16:33 ) but that we should have faith that he has overcome the world and let his peace completely fill us through the good and the bad. (Philippians 4:7)

One last thing, do you trust all that is written in the bible or do you believe it has been corrupted?

Thanks in advance for your response

David B said...

Thank you Carol. Yes, no one is perfect and no one will be perfect in the flesh. But through the grace and power of Christ, Christ's righteousness is imputed unto us such that we can enjoy the Holy Ghost. Perfection will come one day after our bodies are renewed and ressurected. However, that being said, Christs atonement still has power to change us in this life. We can repent and foresake sin. That is good news. Who wants to feel like they are helpless to stop an destructive addiction. But we know with Gods help, all things are possible. We can move mountains with Christs power, even the personal kind.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (New Testament, Romans, Romans 8)