Little Orphan Andy


     I like to tell the story of little orphan Andy.  Andy lived in an orphanage.  His greatest desire was to be adopted and become part of a family.  This is what he thought about every night before he went to sleep.

     One day a couple came to the orphanage and told Andy that they were thinking of adopting him but. . .    But they wanted to take him home for a month to see how it would work out.  After the month was up they would decide if they would adopt him.

     Andy went home with them and tried to be on his best behavior.  But every night he couldn’t help but wonder if he was good enough.  Talk about a stress-filled month!

     Let’s say, however, that this couple, instead of waiting for a month to make a decision, had come to the orphanage and told Andy that they had already adopted him. The papers were signed.  He was their son.

     Imagine the joy Andy felt.  Imagine how he would show his gratitude by trying to be the best he could be.  He would act even better than in the first scenario because he wouldn’t have the pressure of having to work to be accepted.

     By bringing obedience into the discussion of salvation, Mormonism puts people into the position of Andy in the first scenario.  Many Mormons feel tremendous stress as they work at becoming acceptable to God.  Just this past week, a former LDS member was sharing how pressured she felt by Mormonism.

     By his perfect sacrifice, Jesus took all the pressure off.  We now can be like Andy in the second scenario.  We too try to please God – not however to become accepted, but because God has already accepted us through Jesus.  That difference in motivation makes all the difference in the world.


2 Responses to “Little Orphan Andy”

  1. 1 Jesse
    August 11, 2008 at 9:12 am

    This is the beautiful gospel of Christ that Mormonism teaches:

    “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” -2 Nephi 25:26

    “And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

    “For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.

    “And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.” -Alma 34:8-9, 16

    Repentance is preached OFTEN in the Bible (at least 75 times). Repentance requires true remorse and sorrow for the sins committed, a change of mind and attitude, and a change of works and lifestyle.

    It is unfortunate that Mark has come across so many members of the LDS faith who are “stressed” and “pressured.” Jesus Christ himself knew there would be many who would have feelings like this, and who would sometimes feel like giving up. However, His beautiful invitation contains the true source of peace and joy:

    “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

    God bless to all.

  2. August 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Mark how would you feel if LDS people started going out and finding those who had given up on your church (or mainstream Christianity or whatever you want to call it) and then held up their feelings as examples of what’s wrong with your doctrine? There’s simply nothing to be gained from that approach.

    In fact I’d love to see you change methods and find a way to open up some lines of communication with LDS people (there are a number of us visiting your site now). The current approach of trying to demonstrate through Biblical scripture, contrived examples, and former member’s feelings, how our doctrine is wrong really isn’t causing anything except back and forth contention (I’m guilty from my side too). There is common ground to be found, even if we always disagree on several fundamental points of doctrine. It takes the Spirit to convert a person and the Spirit is never present where contention prevails.

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