Archive for July 19th, 2008

19
Jul
08

Witnessing to Mormons: Use the Word instead of Reason

How many soldiers would want to go into battle with toy guns? Talk about a ridiculous thought. But that is something many Christians do whenever they witness Jesus Christ to others, especially when they try to witness to Mormons.

 

The Bible clearly points us to the right weapon. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.” In his wonderful imagery of the Christian as a soldier Paul lists only one offensive weapon, namely, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” God’s Word is our powerful God-given weapon.

 

When Christians talk to their Mormon friends they too often keep that sword in its sheath hanging over their mantles. Instead of using it, they rely on the tiny toy sword of human reason. They try to reason Mormons out of Mormonism by talking about such things as the size of the golden plates, the skeletons in Joseph Smith’s closet, or the problems with the Book of Mormon. Far too often, Christians debate Mormonism with Mormons without ever witnessing Christ to them.

 

How much better, and how much more powerful it is to unleash the power of the gospel, namely, the message of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. As Paul told the Romans, the gospel “is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes”. Tell your Mormon friends about Jesus who saved them, not by showing them what they have to do to save themselves, but who saved them by doing everything for them. Focus the discussion on Jesus, not on Joseph Smith.

 

My name is Mark Cares, encouraging you to speak the truth in love to Mormons.

 

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