INTRODUCTION: When Mormons come
EDITORS' NOTE: The following information is adapted from the North American Mission Board's www.4truth.net apolgetics website.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Someday it will happen to you. You are about to sit down for a late breakfast on a Saturday morning. The French toast smells delicious! A glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee will make the start of a great day. You pour the syrup and prepare to take that tasty first bite, when there is a knock on your door. Perhaps it is the neighbor's child asking for your daughter. Maybe it is the guy next door who would like to borrow your Craftsman tools -- again.
You open the door and ... oh! ... it is the Mormons!
Sharply dressed and very friendly, they ask if they can come in and tell you about God's good news. But you are unsure. You remember your Sunday School teacher talking about these visitors who claim they are Christians. Some of the points the teacher made are vague in your mind and many are forgotten. You desire to share with them and feel that you should, but you do not want to get into a conversation unprepared. So you politely say, "I'm too busy" and close the door.
Ah, yes. Where were you? That is right, back to your breakfast. You slice off a piece of French toast with syrup and take a bite. Mmmm! However, while sipping your coffee you feel a sense of disappointment. You know that you just passed up a valuable opportunity to share your faith because you were unprepared. You say to yourself, "If Jesus were here, He would have spoken to them."
If you want to be ready the next time they come, the following six articles are for you. Their purpose is to provide the knowledge you need to see why these groups do not represent God's truth and to share this information effectively with Mormons the next time they knock on your door!
Mike Licona is the director of apologetics & interfaith evangelism at the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board.