WITNESSING TO MORMONS- Introduction
Are there some practical strategies for dealing with Mormonism? What’s the best way to witness to Mormons?
WITNESSING TO MORMONS- Getting Started
Harry L. Ropp, a Christian author who, by the way, served as a missionary to Mormons, said that creating doubt in a Mormon’s mind is an effective way to overcome ingrained teachings which inhibit Mormons from accepting the gospel. Let’s look at these teachings and consider some effective ways to deal with them.
WITNESSING TO MORMONS- The Bible Corrupted
First of all, Mormons are taught that the Bible has been corrupted through the years and is no longer reliable. In response to such claims, show that the Bible has been copied and translated accurately, and that modern scholarship has vindicated the reliability of Scripture. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946, for example, texts were found that were about 1,000 years older than any previously-known Old Testament manuscripts like the Masoretic Text. And when compared with the later texts, these writings proved to be virtually the same.
WITNESSING TO MORMONS- Inconsistencies in Doctrine
After establishing the Bible’s trustworthiness, show Mormons that they should instead focus their doubts on the Mormon scriptures. Try to concentrate on a single topic — such as the nature of God — and demonstrate the inconsistencies among Mormon doctrines and scriptures. For instance, while Mormons teach that there is more than one god, the Book of Mormon is clear in proclaiming that there is only one God.
WITNESSING TO MORMONS- Filling the Void
By pointing out the internal discrepancies which plague official Mormon teaching and canonical writings, any subjective testimony that Mormons may offer concerning their scriptures becomes either minimized or nullified. And once a vacuum has been created, it may then be filled with sound Christian doctrine, further emphasizing the unbiblical character of Mormon theology. At this stage, take care to define terms since Mormonism has attached its own set of meanings to biblical persons and concepts.When speaking with Mormons let us, above all, allow God’s Holy Spirit to direct our attitudes, our words, and our actions. And remember, if you need further information on the reliability of Scripture and the inconsistency of Mormonism just write to CRI.On witnessing to Mormons, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.