60+ books that ought to be in every Christian’s library

Occasionally I am asked which books I recommend for the Christian who is interested in doing apologetics. Owning your faith is important, for sure, and certainly all serious apologetics ought to start with the Bible itself. However, with just a few dozen books as a foundation, every layperson can be “thoroughly equipped unto every good work.” Allow me to include a limited selection from my library as well as give few short sentences explaining why I recommend each one. (Links to each selection are given that goes directly to Amazon, so feel free to add these books to your personal library.)

80+ Awesome Verses to Use in Apologetic Encounters

Have you ever tried to memorize scripture but it was just too hard to remember all the words in a verse? Or have you ever been in a witnessing situation and wanted to use a particular verse--it's at the tip of your tongue--but you forgot where it was located? ("It's in the Bible...somewhere.") Consider learning snippets, which are short 4-6 words explanations of a verse and the reference. Using flashcards to build up your memory verse capability, you can have a variety of verses to use in different situations, equipping you with the ability to better share your faith. Included in this article are 70+ verses used regularly by the author in his coversations with Christians and nonChristians alike.

Justification by Faith and the Book of James

When the subject of salvation comes up, many Mormons use certain biblical passages to support the LDS idea that good works are necessary for a person to receive salvation. It is clear Mormonism is a religion that stresses good works. Latter-day Saints are generally good people who are known for clean, wholesome living, volunteer service, and a rabid dedication to their families.  So, when a Christian says “salvation” comes by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), the average Mormon bristles. “What about James 2:20?” they oftentimes say, referring to the passage possibly quoted more often by Mormons than any other.

The Inspired Version: Why isn't it officially used today?

According to Mormonism history, Joseph Smith was commanded by God to make a new translation of the Bible. Then, a few years later, these compiled changes were finished in 1833. While Mormon leaders continually cite from Smith's work, the Joseph Smith Translation (or Inspired Version) is not officially used by the church. Instead, the King James Version continues as the official version. If Smith corrected the errors in this version, it seems strange that the Inspired Version is not "official." Why not?

Should LDS Church art coincide with the facts?

For many years the LDS Church has used staff artists to provide illustrations for its church manuals and magazines. Book of Mormon and Bible stories are commonly depicted, as well as historical church events.  One favorite scene for LDS articles is Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon. For example, the front cover of the Feb. 2001 Ensign magazine shows Smith looking at the gold plates and translating them by running his finger over them. Is this really how the Book of Mormon was translated? 

Becoming Like God

In its fifth essay of a series published on lds.org meant to explain hard teachings, the issues of godhood and new worlds are discussed. "Becoming Like God" was first published on 2/25/2014, with the doctrines of preexistence and exaltation serving as the focal points. We have reprinted this entire article, with our commentary scattered throughout. Can the information in this article be supported by the Bible? Is what is written here corroborated  by other LDS leaders and manuals?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

A 24-page pamphlet titled "The Gospel of Jesus Christ" was produced by the Mormon Church in 2008. It describes the LDS gospel by using words such as salvation, grace, mercy, and baptism. What exactly does Mormonism mean by these terms? We will take a look at the entire pamphlet (the words of which are underlined) and then provide commentary to show that Mormonism's gospel is not the same as taught in biblical Christianity. 

Were the reasons behind the priesthood ban on blacks based on "theory"?

During the week of January 6, 2014, Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson spoke on Viewpoint on Mormonism about issues related to the ban on black males to the priesthood. Here are some quotes in response to an article on www.lds.org titled "Race and the Priesthood." Is it really true that the ban was based on nothing more than "theory" and that second Mormon President Brigham Young is really to blame? Are other leaders who concurred with Young and continued to enforce the ban less culpable?


Warren Jeffs: Jesus Christ, Message to All Nations

Say the name “Warren Jeffs” out loud in a public place in Utah and you will get raised eyebrows. Latter-day Saints are very sensitive about having their religion tied to polygamous groups, which many ignorant bystanders have done over the years. Today, Jeffs—who is serving a life sentence behind federal prison bars in Texas—remains the official “prophet” of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is still based in two bordering towns, Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ. Although he was characterized in his free days as being shy in public and even a recluse, Jeffs was known for ruling the world’s largest polygamous group with an iron fist. This lenghty review considers the series of "revelations" compiled by Warren Jeffs that he titled Jesus Christ, Message to All Nations. What "Jesus" writes may...or may not...surprise you. 


Five New Articles in Spanish (Espanol)

For years, we've had only one article on our site translated into Spanish. This article was one of the most popular articles on our entire website. Over the past few months, a wonderful volunteer has translated four new articles (and we rewrote the fifth) into Spanish. Having someone translate the articles is much more natural-sounding than having the computer translate them. Let your Spanish-speaking friends know about this resource, and we hope to translate at least a dozen more in 2014! Please pray! For the foreign language articles, go here. (If you are a Christian who is fluent in a foreign language and want to participate, please let us know by writing us at [email protected])

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