Mormon Apostle Offers Solutions To Counter Information on the Web

Note: The following was originally printed in the February 2017 edition of the MRM Update, offered to financial supporters of Mormonism Research Ministry. To request to a free subscription of our other periodical, Mormonism Researched, please visit here.  By Bill McKeever  The December 2016 issue of Ensign magazine carried an article by Mormon Apostle M. Russell Ballard that … Read more

(Short) Answers to the 10 Most Common Responses I Get at Temple Open House Outreaches

Listen to a special 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism on this topic that aired on September 12-13, 2016   Part 1   Part 2 By Eric Johnson (Photo at right is of the author at the Philadelphia Temple Open House in August 2016) Since 1993, MRM has participated in 31 different temple open house events, which is the only time … Read more

Bill McKeever interviewed by Doug Barton, June 2015

On June 26, 2015, MRM produced a dramatic portrayal of Joseph Smith’s 33 plural wives (plus Emma) on the streets of Manti before the Mormon Miracle Pageant. Doug Barton, who has been a part of the pageant since the very beginning and has been known “Mr. Sounds and Lighting,” decided to interview MRM’s Bill McKeever … Read more

To Contend or not to Contend?

By Sharon Lindbloom There’s an article in the January 2006 issue about the fourth LDS prophet, Wilford Woodruff, titled Contending for the Faith. The tag line to this article is, “While contending for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, President Woodruff taught principles relevant for our lives today” (p.20). I was surprised to find that … Read more

¿Es el Ministerio de Investigaciones Para el Mormonismo “Anti-Mormón”?

Por Eric Johnson Cuando el Ministerio Para el Mormonismo lleva la verdad bíblica a las calles en lugares como Manti, Utah, o a las inauguraciones de templos Mormones, solemos recibir comentarios de los Santos de los Últimos Días que creen que nuestros motivos no son sinceros y nos etiquetan con el título sospechoso de “anti-Mormón.” … Read more

Should we let people live a lie in Mormonism?

The following was originally printed in the December 2009 edition of MRM’s Update, a special edition mailed to financial supporters who also receive the publication Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription of Mormonism Researched, please visit here.  A reader asks: Hello, How should one handle their knowledge of the truth of LDS doctrine and history with … Read more

“Why don’t you take your ministry of hate…”?

“Why don’t you take your ministry of hate…”? An angry writer believes that MRM is unfair by targeting Mormons rather than other religious groups and demands to know why we run a “ministry of hate.” MRM’s Sharon Lindbloom provides a succinct and gentle answer. This exchange was originally printed in the June 2008 edition of MRM’s Update, a special every-other-month publication mailed to those who financially support the efforts of MRM. The original letter was not edited for grammar or spelling.


Responding to Those Who Disagree

Responding to Those Who Disagree

By Eric Johnson

The following was originally printed in the March-April 2009 edition of Mormonism Researched. The original headline was “Mormon apostle encourages silence, not dialogue, with perceived ‘accusers.’” To request a free subscription, please visit here

Do I not understand your religion?

One complaint often made against Christians who are critical of Mormonism is that they just don’t “understand” Mormonism. It’s almost as if the Mormon is assuming that a person must be a Latter-day Saint in order to be accurate in any assessement of the religion. When the Mormon makes a statement saying “you just don’t (or can’t) understand,” it might be wise to ask if you could, in three minutes, quickly list some of what you know. If you are in a face-to-face discussion, ask the Mormon to not interrupt as you go through this list. The following are 21 possible points that a Christian could make:

Is This Bigotry? A Response to Latter-day Saints Who Say, "We Never Criticize Christian Churches"

When Dr. Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas referred to Mitt Romney’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a cult, he caused a firestorm among Mormons and those in the media. Sadly, even though Dr. Jeffress carefully explained that his comment was within the context of theology, he has been accused of bigotry, a typical accusation used by our culture when someone expresses disagreement. What has been virtually ignored in this controversy is how the LDS Church has historically viewed traditional Christianity. It is no secret that the LDS Church claims that it alone represents true Christianity and that God is only pleased with the church Joseph Smith started in 1830. LDS leaders have used words like, whoremaster, apostate, heathens, ignorant, fools, idolators, and blasphemous to describe professing Christians outside of the LDS faith. All things being equal, should they not also be considered bigots, and if so, when is the LDS Church going to apologize for these comments?

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.

Are "we evangelicals" guilty of bearing false witness when it comes to explaining Mormon doctrine?

By Bill McKeever

It is a rare event when a Christian theologian/philosopher is allowed to speak in the Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square, but on November 14, 2004, Dr. Ravi Zacharias was given such an opportunity as he addressed the topic of Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Unfortunately, much of what Dr. Zacharias had to say about the depravity of man, the necessity of the cross, the inability of man to save himself, and the all-sufficiency of Christ has taken a back seat due to remarks made prior to him taking the pulpit.

Fresno Bee’s April 1, 2000 Editorial

 A Review by Bill McKeever

Those who have worked with MRM at temple outreaches know that we try very hard to stay low-key. Our intention is to politely hand out our 4-page newspaper that clearly explains things that the LDS Church is reluctant to have visitors know. We don’t seek media attention nor do we try to use sensational means to be noticed.

Is Judging Always Wrong? A Closer Look at Matthew 7:1

By Eric Johnson 

Are making judgment calls always wrong? If not, is it wrong to critique what Christians believe to be doctrinal error? A common proof text used by Mormons who insist that their church is above criticism is Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” “Why do you judge?” is an admonishing question we have heard countless times asked by those who believe that religious criticism is shameful and “unChristian.” They add, “The Bible says that you should mind your own business.”