In the discussion following my post of December 10th, I was asked what might be something specific that the average Mormon might struggle with in Robert Millet’s writing. Millet answers that question himself. For example, throughout his book, Grace Works, he sprinkles in examples of how grace is not emphasized much in the Mormon Church. He talks about how a person’s comment that the LDS Church is willing to talk about mercy and grace makes the brethren nervous and uncomfortable.
He also relates how his father reacted when he, before going on his mission, asked him about being saved by grace. “He stared at me for a moment and then said firmly, ‘We don’t believe in that!’ I responded, ‘We don’t believe in it? Why not?’ He said promptly, ‘Because the Baptists do!’” He continues by saying that that statement speaks volumes to him now.
I know many LDS people today who would still respond as Millet’s father did. And I submit that they would respond that way with good reason. They would respond that way because Mormons still don’t hear about grace very much from the church. For example, I did a word search on the word grace in the last General Conference. It was mentioned only once and that mention was not even in the context of salvation. Millet’s emphasis on grace is not only not being echoed by Church leaders, it is often repudiated by grass-roots Mormons.