Appealing to the Mormon Conscience
It was another great year in Utah, as always, at the Mormon Miracle Pageant! Before arriving, I was a bit concerned because this past year, the LDS Church bought part of the street where the pageant is. I thought that it might hinder our witnessing opportunities, but it sure didn’t! Nearly all the Christians were able to get into conversations with the Mormon people in spite of these changes. The Mormon Church may think that they own the main street in front of their temple, but I know the Creator and Owner of all things.
The first night I was at the pageant I was able to talk with a Boy Scout that was handing out programs. His name was Hunter. He was a sophomore at the local school. He was really nice. We talked about repentance a lot. In Mormonism, one has to repent of all their sins in order to live in the Celestial Kingdom which is the highest of heavens where every LDS person hopes to live with their family forever. In their scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) it says:
“For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance; Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven; And he that repents not, from him shall be taken even the light which he has received; for my Spirit shall not always strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts (1:31-33).”
We talked about this passage for awhile. He said that he is able to repent of all his sins. I asked him how he was doing with repenting, and he said he repents every day. I pointed out to him that if he keeps repenting that means he keeps sinning. We kept going back to D&C 1:31-33. Hunter kept telling me that he was doing his best not to sin. I said that is great, but if he still has sin in him that still means he can’t be in God’s presence according to the Mormon “gospel” plan. Alma 5:27 in the Book of Mormon states:
“Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? … Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God.”
I think that he understood what I was saying, but he kept trying to tell me that he can make up for a lot of it in the temple, which, of course, he cannot do. For more on how to break the Mormon’s trust in his own works by bringing the Mormon law to bear upon the Mormon’s conscience, see this article on our website:
QUESTIONS FOR LDS ON THE IMPOSSIBLE GOSPEL OF MORMONISM – http://www.4mormon.org/questions-for-lds-on-the-impossible-gospel-of-mormonism/
We then switched topics to eternal marriage. The Mormon Church teaches that people can be sealed to their family for time and eternity in the temple which means that they can be together in this life and the next life in the Celestial Kingdom, together forever if they keep all the commandments. Hunter said that he would love to get married for time and eternity. I then brought up Matthew 22:23-30 which talks about there being no marriage in the next life. He understood what I was saying about the fact that this teaching is not in the Bible so he kept telling me that through modern revelation we can know that we will be sealed for time and eternity. Our conversation stopped after that but I am grateful I was able to plant a few seeds of truth for him to think about.
I had another great conversation with an LDS Apologist that goes by the name “Wolf Bob.” We talked for over an hour. The Mormon Church teaches that many gods exist. The Bible teaches that only one God exists. He was going through several passages in the Old Testament which he believes proves that multiple true gods exist. It was hard to keep up with him because he was talking so quickly. I do not know if I really made an impact on him, but our conversation is continuing over Messenger. He gave me some biblical scriptures, videos, and articles to study on the topic of polytheism. After I study these, I will dialogue further with him on this topic.
Mormons believe that many plain and precious truths were lost when the Bible was translated through the ages. They believe that there are many truths in the Bible, but whenever their doctrine contradicts the Bible, they fault the translators of the Bible for the error. Therefore, it is essential to challenge Mormons not only with the Biblical evidence for textual accuracy but also the historical evidence for textual preservation. See this article on our website:
SHOULD WE TRUST THE BIBLE? —A Response to Mormonism’s Attack Upon the Bible’s Accuracy – http://www.4mormon.org/should-we-trust-the-bible/
Thank you to all of my supporters who helped me through prayer and gifts! I could not continue this ministry without your help and I appreciate each of you so much! Please pray that Bob and Hunter’s hearts will be softened, along with the multitude of those who are not walking in truth, so that they will come to know and love the true Lord Jesus!