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The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel that is Truly Impossible (Witnessing with Six Verses)

The following article was printed in the Christian Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 04, 2011, 6-7

A doorstep encounter with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) may allow only a brief moment to hopefully make a lasting impression, so we must weigh our words carefully. Too many Christians make the mistake of introducing peripheral topics that can sometimes head the discussion toward an agonizing dead end.

Making the Most of Mormon Missionary Visits

By Aaron Shafovaloff

Mormons tell us all the time to take our tough and deep questions to the young missionaries, because surely these guys know the answers. But that is hardly the case. These are a bunch of young 19 and 20-year-olds who are playing the part of a Mormon tradition that is designed to help them plant deep roots of Mormon commitment and belief. Many of them are on their mission to participate in an adventure and figure things out for themselves, not yet having the deep belief in Mormonism that they wish they had. The two-year-mission largely functions in Mormonism to solidify that belief. It’s a spiritually formative time in their life, and it’s our duty to plant seeds of truth in love.

The Bridge or the Beehive? Mormon Apologetics in a Postmodern Age

The Bridge or the Beehive? Mormon Apologetics in a Postmodern AgeBill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Since the time Joseph Smith, Jr., founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints (Mormon or LDS) in 1830, Christians have recognized this organization as a heretical religion that does not represent biblical teachings. Not long after Smith’s death in 1844, Brigham Young led his followers into the Salt Lake Valley. For many years Christians have considered the state of Utah to be a ripe evangelistic field. In the early years, LDS leaders prized their uniqueness and didn’t seem to care what outsiders thought about their beliefs, which separate them from the rest of professed Christianity. In the past few decades, though, this attitude began to change. Today Mormon leaders try hard to portray their church as more mainstream rather than extreme, sometimes making it tremendously difficult to discern the differences between the two faiths. In recent years, traditional evangelistic methods to reach the Mormon people have been criticized as being too “confrontational” and, therefore, counterproductive. In order to better understand Mormonism, two types of dialogues have been initiated between evangelical Christians and Mormons. One involves private scholarly dialogues. The other includes a casual “bridge‐building” dialogue that is geared more for a lay‐level audience. Some in Utah wonder, however, if this new paradigm is actually hurting rather than helping evangelistic efforts in the Beehive state. In the late 1980s, an Arizona Mormon by the name of Darl Anderson realized that one of the biggest hindrances to the efforts of Mormon missionaries was Christian ministers who were speaking out on Mormonism from their pulpits. Anderson concluded that he could “neutralize” what he called the “ground swell of anti‐Mormonism” in his area if he could only befriend these outspoken Christian leaders. He self‐published a book in 1992 titled Soft Answers to Hard Questions and began giving a lecture series to fellow members called “Win a Minister and Influence a Thousand.”

Should We Dwell On Similarities?

 

In recent years some within the Christian and Mormon community have been espousing a method of mutual understanding that urges dialogue revolving around common ground rather than discussions that make a clear distinction between Mormonism and the Christian faith. To imply that a Mormon could be wrong and run the risk of offense is considered by many in this camp as anathema. I admit I have my concerns about this new approach.

Am I surprised to hear Mormons expressing their appreciation to Christians who refrain from making them answer the hard questions? Not at all. No doubt many LDS like this new approach because it protects them from hearing things about their faith that may eventually cause them to rethink their positions.

 

Should Christians open their homes to witness to Mormons?

By Eric Johnson

With more and more representatives from false religions standing on front door steps attempting to make converts, a troublesome passage for some Christians is 2 John 10-11. It says, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

Should Christians Witness at Mormon Events?

By Bill McKeever

Many people who attend Christian churches see no problem with foreign missionaries exposing paganism and false doctrine by handing out literature and witnessing in public places. However, for some strange reason, some of these same people have a problem with Christians exposing false doctrine in a similar manner here in the United States.

"I feel a spirit of contention!"

By Bill McKeever

It is not uncommon for Latter-day Saints to accuse Christians of having a “spirit of contention” when their doctrinal inconsistencies are being discussed. Such a rebuke is meant to make it appear that the Christian is somehow not exhibiting a Christ-like attitude and/or not playing fair.

Being accused of being contentious should be taken seriously only if you really are. If so, kindly apologize. If you feel this label has been unjustifiably used, you might ask how he defines contention and then show him what Jude states in verse 3.

Don’t Let the Badge Intimidate You

 

I have often said that the modern missionary system advocated by the LDS Church is an ingenious idea. Though the popular slogan “every member a missionary” calls on all members to actively proclaim the Mormon faith, tens of thousands of men and women serve full-time positions in a short-term capacity. Most are young people in their late teens and early twenties.

Despite the fact that the total number of Mormon missionaries have significantly decreased in recent years, the Mormons still have more missionaries in the field than all Protestant churches combined. From a young age members are encouraged to give two years of their lives serving their church (female missionary terms are 18 months), and the positive peer pressure from fellow members make this program a relative success.

 

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