The Amish way of life has captured the imaginations of TV viewers and novel readers for decades. The romantic ideal of simple living within one’s own community is attractive, but the one thing that’s often missing is grace.

In 2014, Charles Morris traveled to Lancaster County to host an event featuring current and former Amish people who discovered grace in a world too often dictated by stringent rule-following and legalism. There are many wonderful tenants of Amish life, but today’s episode focuses on a core aspect of faith that too often cultivates a sense that believers must earn their place in Heaven.

Ephraim and Amanda Stoltzfus, who were also featured in the BBC documentary “Leaving Amish Paradise,” discuss how they became excommunicated from their church and shunned by family and friends after joining a local Bible study and getting baptized outside of their community. Jacob Dienner and Manny Zook are current members of the Amish church and talk about how they came to an understanding of grace within their congregation.

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Ephraim Stoltzfus and his wife, Amanda, grew up in the Amish community. Soon after getting married, they realized there was something wrong with what they believed. They began looking closer at Scripture, started attending Bible studies, and were eventually baptized outside of the Amish church. Having broken several rules by doing this, they were excommunicated from their church and shunned by family and friends.

After this, Ephraim and Amanda decided to stay as close to the Amish culture as possible so that they could continue to minister to those who remained in the community they were forced to leave behind.

Watch as Ephraim tells how he came to know grace in Christ and why it allowed him to leave everything he knew in order to follow Jesus.