The Barna Group, probably the most highly regarded evangelical research organization, found that “…one-quarter of those who call themselves born again did not meet the Barna Group criteria for born again – which generally meant they rely upon something other than God’s grace as their means to salvation.” Most Latter-day Saints would probably also agree with this statement. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=204
But is there really a fundamental conflict? Perhaps, both Mormons and the one-quarter of born again Christians (referenced above) believe that it is only through the grace of God that we are able to confess His name, be baptized, or “visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.” In that sense, we are saved by grace alone, but in another sense, we are required to “earn our way to heaven,”—to take action, through the grace of God, that will release further grace. In this way, we progress “precept upon precept, line upon line.”
1) As you see it, do the majority of born again Christians and Mormons fundamentally disagree over the role of grace in salvation? Or is the alleged contradiction mostly a matter of phrasing?
2) Whether a self-described born again Christian, Mormon Christian, or William Jamesafarian, do you rely upon something other than grace as a means to salvation? What is it?