When Mormons and Christians discuss their beliefs and dialogue with each other, it can easily come off as nothing more than stimulating discussion of two different viewpoints. This obscures the sobering fact that eternal consequences are at stake.
Therefore, in many ways, I appreciated what Geoff wrote in the last thread. He wrote: “You mentioned that seeing someone “convert” to denominational Christianity is “priceless”. Hardly. There is a STEEP price to pay. You, IMO, will share in that price. When someone breaks his covenants, turns his back on truth and the Holy Ghost there is a price! I wonder when that realization will hit you?”
Just to clarify. I didn’t say converting to denominational Christianity was priceless. What I said was priceless was “seeing the wonderful change in people’s lives when they experience the free forgiveness and eternal life in Christ”.
But I really don’t want to distract from the important point Geoff makes, namely, that the stakes are high. He very sincerely believes that I will suffer some pretty serious consequences because of my witnessing activities. I thank him for again highlighting that there is much more to all this than interesting discussion.
Just as Geoff sincerely believes that I will have a steep price to pay, so I believe Mormons will have a steep price to pay. I don’t say that as an angry retort to Geoff – “You told me that, so back at you – you too!” Not at all. If I didn’t wholeheartedly believe that, I would never be doing this. No offense – but if I didn’t think there were eternal consequences involved, I wouldn’t be doing this even if I thought the discussion sometimes was stimulating.
On a related note, this is why I find it so frustrating when the difference between entering Heavenly Father’s presence only by grace or by grace plus works is brushed off as insignificant. That is the heart of the matter. That is why in this blog I have addressed it repeatedly from different angles. “And if by grace, then it is no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace, otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6)
It is my wholehearted belief that anyone who does not rely solely on God’s grace to enter Heavenly Father’s presence will suffer the consequences of spending eternity in the otuer darkness of hell. That’s not stimulating. That’s sobering. That’s why it is priceless seeing the wonderful change in people’s lives when they experience free forgiveness and eternal life in Christ.