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What’s the best way to witness to a Mormon?

Posted by truthtalklive on December 13, 2006

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11 Responses to “What’s the best way to witness to a Mormon?”

  1. Anonymous said

    The best way is be a good example in your everyday life. The best leaders and teachers do it this way. Then you will earn the respect of and have a positive impact on everyone you meet.

    Or, you can be one of those so-called witnesses who go out of their way to be seen and heard being a christian. Then everyone will continue to associate christianity with bad manners.

    Oh, well…we know which way Stu wants you to choose.

  2. Brad said

    There are some problems with this, anonymous. For one, Mormons in general are very moral people, often more moral than many Christians. So just “living a good life” and “being an example” won’t necessarily be a witness to an active Mormon, b/c they are generally doing that, as well.

    Now it is important to be a good witness and to earn that respect of those you seek to witness to, I agree. But at some point, the gospel must be shared with them, so they know they’re in error. Scripture tells us to do so, and not just with our lives. If all they see of a Christian is a good moral life, they can look at themselves and also say “Hey, I’m living a good moral life too, we must believe alike.” And that is then a very hard presumption to overcome, if you don’t actually talk to them about the gospel.

    There are some who “go out of their way to be seen and heard”, I agree. And there’s nothing I can do about them except pray for a change of heart. But that can’t stop us from doing what we are commanded to do in Scripture, with a loving heart.

  3. DOug Bonds said

    The problem with simply being a good example is that almost anyone you ask will proclaim themselves to be a good person. So in being a good person around them you are actually affirming them in their belief that they have all they need. “Good examples” don’t confront those who are lost with the truth. Think of it this way. Burning building. you are a fireman. would you just stand there and model your new uniform, shiny boots, and bright red truck- hoping that those inside the house will come out to ask you how you got to be a fireman? Or sensically, would you rush in and help them to get out of the immense danger they are in…
    Law- show them they have sinned against the One True God. Grace- show them the F R E E gift of grace through Jesus ( not satans brother.. as the Mormons believe!)

  4. Anonymous said

    False comparison there, Doug. The fireman who performs his duty is the right example. The christian whose life is an example for others’ to follow is the true christian. The christian who boasts and loudly proclaims his faith is the false exaample of christianity.

    Who is more like Jesus:

    Two claim to be christians. One does so loudly in a bragging way and the other does so humbly whether or not any one is listening.

    It is enough to be a christian example. Going to Utah and “witnessing” to Mormans is …well, blasphemous, isn’t it?

  5. Brad said

    Wow. Anonymous, I’m sorry but this is simply not true. Where in Scripture does it tell us to not talk to people about our faith, that it is “blasphemous” to do so? Nowhere. In fact, we are told to go out and teach what He has commanded! It seems you may be confusing bragging or boasting with witnessing, possibly b/c you’ve seen it done the wrong way by others, or maybe had it done the wrong way to you? I agree that there is a right way and a wrong way to approach telling others about Christ. It must be done in love, and out of a sincere desire to not only follow God’s will but also to give them the information they need (and may have never heard) to be saved from an eternal hell. That is compassion, not boasting. It shouldn’t be approached with an “I’m better than you” attitude, but rather a “Jesus changed my life, and I would love to tell you about Him” attitude.

    Do you see the difference?

  6. Mike S said

    Here is another example:
    Let’s say you’re in a building w/ a group of people or maybe just a friend. Let’s say you found out that the room had an odorless gas seeping into it that was deadly. Would you tell your friend to get out of the room? I would hope so. What if you told that person and they said, “Oh, I’ve heard people say that before, that’s a bunch of hogwash, I don’t believe that. Would you just say “oh well, I tried”, and go on your way? Or would you confront that individual and do all that you could to convince them to leave that room? I would certainly hope that you would do the latter.

    But what if that person thought you were crazy for saying such a thing. Would you stop and go the other way for fear of ruining your reputation? You certainly wouldn’t want people to think your crazy, or a fanatic. Do you then begin to doubt yourself? What if this person was very influential among your peers? Would that make you stop and go the other way?

    What if that person said, “Well maybe so but I really love this room because it makes me feel good.” Would you say, “OK, suit yourself”! Or would you continue to attempt to convince them to leave?

    But what if that person says, “Look, I told you that I don’t believe that. Stop judging me and telling me how to live my life”. Should we stop then, and let them die, because we really shouldn’t judge others? Hey, even Jesus said, “Judge not lest you be judged.” Or do we realize that we are not really judging that person, but loving them enough to tell them the truth?

  7. Anonymous said

    You guys ban justify bad manners all you want, but you know what there is a difference being boasting about living a christian life and actually living that life.

    Drawing attention to yourself and not the gospel is what make witnessing in that manner blasphemous.

  8. trans-siberian said

    I agree to a certain extent. We need to remove the plank out of our own eye before asking our friend to remove the speck out of theirs.

  9. Brad said

    Anonymous, where are we justifying bad manners? I would challenge you to point that out in any previous post.

    In fact, I said that there is a right way, and a wrong way, to witness to others, and that it is dictated by the intent of your heart in doing so. You said that “there is a difference being boasting about living a christian life and actually living that life,” and I couldn’t agree more with you. I’m not saying there one in the same, anywhere!

    You also said that “drawing attention to yourself and not the gospel is what make witnessing in that manner blasphemous.” Again, I agree with you. I have not condoned anywhere that you should witness in an offensive manner, only that we NEED to witness period, but that it be done in the correct, Biblical, loving way which Christ would have.

    I agree – if it is done wrong, it is probably better to have not been done at all.

  10. Anonymous said

    What did Jesus say? What did His apostles do? Read your Bible nowhere will you find. Preach the gospel us words if necessary . You can be nice all day and people will still be lost and headed to hell. They need to hear the gospel . How will they believe if they never hear? There are people in church that have not even heard the gospel its very sad.

  11. Anonymous said

    Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God in the flesh (John 1:1). Jesus became a man by the virgin conception and birth (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18). He lived a sinless, perfect life while on earth (2 Cor. 5:21) and started His public ministry around the age of 30 (Luke 3:23). He performed many miracles proving that He is the Son of God and God in the flesh. He preached the truth to thousands of people, calling them to repent and follow Him (Mark 8:34-38). He laid his life down into the hands of lawless men, who beat Him, crucified Him and put Him to death (Acts 2:23). He was buried in a tomb (John 19:38-42). He rose again on the 3rd day, defeating sin, death and the grave (1 Cor. 15:4). He showed Himself to his disciples and taught them for 40 days (Acts 1:3). He ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, praying for the saints (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25). He is coming back a second time to punish all who do not know God and who do not obey the Gospel (2 Thess. 1:7-10). Fornicators, drunkards, thieves, homosexuals, liars, idolaters, murderers, hypocrites and all sinners will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God, but shall be cast into the Lake of Fire (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rev. 20:14-15, 21:8). God commands ALL men EVERYWHERE to repent and believe the Gospel, because Judgment Day is coming (Mark1:15; Acts 17:30)! God is patient with you and merciful towards you, but everyday that you reject His offer of forgiveness and don’t repent, you are storing up wrath for yourself (Romans 2:4-10). He does NOT want you to perish in your sins (2 Peter 3:9, Ezekiel 33:11)! While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us on the cross to forgive us, cleanse us and reconcile us back to God (Romans 5:6-11). What are you doing with the sacrifice of Jesus? Are you rejecting it or are you believing it and following Him who died for YOU?

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