Unveiling Grace Talk – Lynn Wilder
Listen to Lynn's talk from May 17, 2015
In his letter to the church in Galatia, Paul wrote:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”
Paul admonished those in the church who turned away from the true gospel—that is, from the good news that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Some in Galatia no longer held that salvation was a free gift through the work of Jesus upon the cross. Instead, they spoke a distorted gospel, saying that believers first had to become Jews to follow Jesus. In other words, they believed one had to follow the law to receive salvation in Christ. Paul wrote to tell them that this was a different gospel, a false gospel, a twisted gospel. Similar language was employed in this different gospel, but the heart was completely different.
Almost 2,000 years later, other gospels—distorted gospels—exist. Groups continued to use similar language as Christianity, but the heart—belief in Christ as He is attested in the Scriptures—is completely different. One example is the Mormon church, also called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), whose newest temple opens this summer in Carmel.
Lynn Wilder is someone who can attest to Paul’s words that false gospels exist. She moved to the south side of Indianapolis in the 1960s, and her family attended Southport Methodist Church. After her undergraduate education, Lynn spent 30 active years in the Mormon church and was a tenured faculty member at Brigham Young University. Her family entered a deep crisis when her son, Micah, converted to Christianity while serving on his Mormon mission in Florida. Lynn walked a long, difficult road as the Holy Spirit transformed her heart with the true gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ.
In her new book, Unveiling Grace, she writes of the power of God’s transforming Word while offering a look into Mormon beliefs and culture.
Engage with the Wilders’ story in several ways:
1. Read it: Purchase and read Lynn’s book, Unveiling Grace.
2. Discuss it: Use Unveiling Grace as a study in your Life Group or bible study. To request a discussion guide, contact Bonnie Sims via e-mail, email@example.com.
3. Watch it: Catch an interview with Lynn Wilder at www.UnveilingGracetheBook.com.