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What is the Purpose of the Law?

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Mormon Chat with Bishop Lee Baker

Mormon Chat with Bishop Lee Baker


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One of the Key Differences between Biblical Christianity and Mormonism is their teaching that Salvation is by Faith alone and not by Faith plus Works

James 2:14, 20: "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? ...But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

In this passage, James is refuting the idea that a person can have a true faith without producing any good works. He is emphasizing the point that genuine faith in Christ will produce a changed life and good works. James is NOT saying that justification by faith plus works creates salvation, but rather, he is teaching that a genuine faith will produce good works in the life of a believer. If a person claims to be a believer but has no good works, it is likely that this person doesn't have genuine, saving faith. 

THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW - To make us Conscious of our Sin - The Law Cannot Save Us. Only the Grace of Jesus Christ saves us.

Romans 3:20, 22: "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. ...Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.

See also: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:1-3, 10, 23-29; 5:1-6; 22-23, Romans 3:18-23; 7:4-6; 8:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-10.