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Sharing Christ with a member of another faith tradition can be frightening. And some traditions seem to cause more angst than others. In my experience, one causing a great sense of trepidation is Mormonism.
This need not be the case.
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Let’s consider a few ways to reach our Mormon neighbors as effectively as possible, so they will turn from false religion and follow the Jesus of Scripture.
Mormons - Religion - Questions - Differences - Mormonism
First, we must establish that Mormons are involved in false religion. Two questions summarize well the differences between Mormonism and biblical Christianity:
Who is God?
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Who is God in Christ?
Answering either incorrectly leads to the judgment and wrath of God. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe in a deity (Elohim) who was created and reared on another planet. There, Elohim married, had children, and eventually gained a “sphere of existence” into which he and Heavenly Mother could place incarnated spirit children—children created through their heavenly, intimate, physical relations.
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The first spirit child born to Elohim and Heavenly Mother was a boy named Jehovah. Eventually, Jehovah was adopted as the Messiah, came to earth, and incarnated as Jesus. As humans, if we follow the plan set forth by Elohim—doing all we can (Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 25:23)—then we can become like Elohim one day after death. As former LDS Church president Lorenzo Snow famously put it, “As man is now, God once was. As God is now, man may become.”
Needless to say, this is not historic, orthodox Christianity.
Mormon - Neighbors - Friends - First - Christian
How, then, can Christians effectively reach out to Mormon neighbors and friends? First, the Christian must know the message of Jesus and know it well. The preferred method of presentation does not matter; knowing the gospel is what matters. Practice with a friend and ask for critical feedback. Make sure to remove any “churchy”...
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