Mormons tend to be somewhat more difficult to witness to,

especially if the ones you meet are the ones who come knocking at your

door. Some principles that will be presented here, are valid when

witnessing to any non-Christian religious group. Above all, remember

that the object is to present the Gospel, not engage in verbal


Although much informational data has been presented about

Mormonism, this information may not be able to, in itself, sway a

Mormon to rethink or re-evaluate his way of thinking. Typically, when

questions arise about the reliability, accuracy, or inspiration of any

of his beliefs, a Mormon would respond, "I know this to be true,

because I have a burning in my bosom!" This refers to the Mormon

belief (and habit) of confirming their position through the supposed

discernment of the Spirit. No allowance is made for any other

position. Some questions to consider:

1. Why doesn't the feeling that I have about my position have the same

validity as the Mormon's feeling?

2. Can this feeling be deceptive? What differentiates this feeling of

conviction from other feelings (for temptation, immorality, etc.)?

3. Can this feeling be substantiated through any external evidence, or

is it just exclusively personal?

(These questions should be considered by both yourself and your Mormon


The most useful tool in reaching a Mormon, or any other non-

Christian, is the personal testimony. A well prepared and timely

testimony will exceed the ability of most non-Christian counter-

moves. Why is this?

A personal testimony about a personal relationship with God

through Christ, implies something which is hard to refute. First of

all, we are talking about a subjective experience. This can be

compared to the Mormon's own subjective experience. It is very

difficult to speak against a personal experience, because to do so

implies that the claimant is lying. The contrast here, though, is

that the personal experience is NOT based on feelings, as the Mormon's

is. Rather, the experience is substantiated by a historically based

belief. Additionally, the belief is one of a PERSONAL relationship

with Christ. This is a personal relationship with DEITY! Few other

religions claim a truly personal relationship with deity, much less

with the maker of heaven and earth. Secondly, the belief that we talk

about is the SAME as presented in Scriptures, despite the fact that no

two people claim the same personal testimony. In other words, the

experience is subjective, but the conclusions are NOT! It may be

useful to have others also give their testimony. Be prepared to give

your testimony. (1 Peter 3:15)

A personal relationship with the Mormon is vital! It is

unreasonable to expect a Mormon, who has mainly Mormon friends and

activities, to stride into Christianity, especially if you are only

recently known to him. If you are unwilling to devote the time, as

Christ did with His disciples, it is better to find someone else to do

the job. You are asking a Mormon to abandon all that has made up his

life, for a good deal of time past. Something must replace that which

will be abandoned. Needs must be understood and met.

Everyone has personal needs. For many who become involved in

non-Christian movements, the most common denominator in their choice

to join has been the needs-meeting attributes of the organization they

are now part of. The same is true, to an extent, for those who become

followers of Christ. Rarely does a new Christian rely totally upon

Christ to provide for his needs, and we should not expect it to be any

different for those in non-Christian groups.

Rather, then, we need to seek out the needs, and satisfy them in

light of God's Word. This does not mean that we should seek only to

satisfy needs, be a people-pleaser, and just hand out niceties. If we

insist on putting on a false front, we will be discovered, and labeled

as insincere and deceitful. Again, I stress that if you will not

devote the time to a relationship, it would be better that another

brother or sister in Christ takes your place in this witness.

The principle, then, that we want to emphasize, is replacement.

We must seek to replace the old with the new, in relationships,

encouragement, edification, and love. That is, we must place our own

self in the position that is ordinarily taken up by Mormon friends and

contacts of the person we truly desire to share the Gospel with. We

must introduce this person to our friends, family, and those we

fellowship with. We must be confident in the manifestation of the

Holy Spirit within the body of believers that we know; so much so,

that we may allow ourselves to share openly and without hesitation,

those that we surround ourselves with.

Another important principle is that of abiding by the Word. How

often we find, that Christianity is dismissed for reason of hypocrisy.

No! Let the argument fall by the way. If we are constantly abiding

in Him, our shortfalls become His glory. Our constant vigilance, and

admission of weakness, sheds light upon our dependence upon the Grace.

Let us be confident in direction and "make your 'yes' yes, and your

'no' no. Anything beyond this comes from the evil one." (Matthew

5:37) If we are guided by the Word, our shortfalls are covered (not

hidden) by the grace and forgiveness of Him.

Additionally, pray. For we are not combatants in the world of

flesh and blood, but of the spirit. (Ephesians 6:12) We do not enter

where He does not lead, and His hand is a constant path-opener. Our

strength and effectiveness are all due to Him.

Especially for yourself, know your God on a daily basis. Know

Him that you believe in, and know why you can believe in His

everlasting and promised faithfulness. Be careful to know the

confidence that you have in the Lord, lest you be swayed by clever and

deceiving arguments. (2 Timothy 3:13-15)

Finally, treat the beliefs of Mormons with an amount of respect,

which regards the value of the one you are trying to reach out to.

Although your Mormon friend may be deceived, he very sincerely has

embraced his beliefs. We must rebuke gently, yet boldly expose the

falsehood and untruth of that which he has so unfortunately been drawn

into. Be confident in the Word of God, the sword and arm of the Lord.

(2 Timothy 3:16)

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