I recently listened to a man speaking about the importance of eating correctly and exercising regularly. He talked about how important this was – even for those in the audience who appeared quite physically fit. For example, there was one young man who ran half marathons but who admitted he didn’t watch his diet that closely. The speaker said that he too should take the talk to heart because the inside of his body might not be looking as good as the outside.
That is just an example of two things that were very evident. 1) The speaker took being in good health very seriously and 2) he was concerned for everybody in the room. Some might not have bought into the extremely strong emphasis he put on correct eating and exercising, but nobody denied that he thought that these were very important issues.
What does this have to do with witnessing to Mormons? Just like people have many different motivations for speaking on good health, so there are many different motivations for witnessing to Mormons. I can only speak for myself. The reason I witness to Mormons is because I believe that the teachings of Mormonism pose a grave, eternal danger to people – that Mormonism isn’t a path leading to life with heavenly Father but one that leads people to outer darkness. I write this with the full realization that many don’t agree with me – that this infuriates many people. But I don’t say that to upset people – I say that in spite of the fact that I know it will upset people. I say that because I am totally convinced that people need to be warned. In fact, I feel that if I didn’t do this, I would be unloving. Not warning people about a danger you know is approaching is nothing less than criminal. It was obvious that the above-mentioned speaker felt that way about physical health. That is how I feel about spiritual health.
Again let me repeat that I know many of you don’t agree with my assessment of the dangers of Mormonism. Disagreeing with my assessment is one thing. But if this is what I truly believe – and I’m telling you this is what I truly believe – then at least respect my motivation. But attributing wrong motives to me or calling my character into question don’t do that. To be honest, I think that says more about the person making the comment than it does me.
Why do I witness to Mormons? Because Mormonism, in many ways, states that people, to some degree, have to contribute to living with heavenly Father. One example: “The phrase ‘after all we can do’ teaches that effort is required on our part to receive the fullness of the Lord’s grace and be made worthy to dwell with Him.” (True to the Faith, p. 77) The Bible, however, teaches that it is all by God’s grace and that grace and works don’t mix. “And if by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more works.” (Romans 11:6) To God – and God alone – be all praise and glory.