Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Things First

Yesterday I posted an article with several quotes from LDS founder Joseph Smith Jr. I received some comments from Terri, a StreetFishing reader and former Mormon. She made a couple of excellent points.

Here is what she said:

"The sad thing is that most Mormons, unless they start digging into their beliefs and read the history of church, will never realize that these statements were made and will deny their existence, or if they have heard them, will try to explain them away. One main characteristic of Mormons is their blind faith (even though many would deny this). As a result, most will never question their beliefs... unless God is working in them. And since we do not know who God is working on or how we may reach them, it is important to share the truth about Christ at every opportunity, whether we know all of the intimate details of Mormonism or not. For me all it took was someone saying, 'Your Jesus is not my Jesus.'"

One objection I get from Christians enthusiastic about reaching the LDS with the true gospel is that my "method" of using the Law and the Gospel won't reach Mormons because it doesn't address their particular beliefs enough. I believe that they are mistaken because scripture tells us that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. (Romans 1:16) We also read this: "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14-16)

Personally, I try to always get the gospel communicated at the beginning of a conversation no matter what. Then if the person loses patience later in the discussion concerning differing doctrines or has somewhere else to be, I know they have heard the truth.

The true Gospel speaks of a different Jesus than the Jesus of Mormonism. For Terri, that was all it took to really get her thinking.