How do I talk to a Mormon? - 11/07/2002
My next door nieghbor is a mormon. And I have been for a long time trying to convince him that Joseph Smith is a false prophet, and he in return is trying to convince the Book of Mormon is the real deal. No matter what amount of evidence I present him, he always comes up with a weird and outrageous explanation, and even worse, seems to honestly believe in it. What do I do to help break him down to the point where I can actually reach him?
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Greetings, and thanks for contacting us at Contender Ministries. First, I want to thank you for contending for the faith! God's army needs all the soldiers-of-truth it can get, and you are to be commended! It is clear that you have a love and burden for your neighbor, as Christ has commanded.
The scenario you've described is all too common. The threads of Mormon faith are thin, and when they begin to unravel, most mormons will shut out logical discussion and fall back on their "testimony," which is entirely subjective. It's very sad, and it illustrates the indoctrination to the point of brain-washing to which Mormons are subjected.
I've got good news and bad news. First, the bad news. As hard as this is to accept, you may never reach your neighbor and cause him to see the truth. This is far from an ideal outcome, but it is unfortunately a real possibility. I recommend a couple of things. First, read the article we have on our website on Witnessing to Mormons. Second,and most importantly, PRAY! This is the good news. God is powerful! We cannot convince anyone of the truth in and of ourselves, but the Holy Spirit can. As you speak with your neighbor, do so in love. Pray constantly that the Holy Spirit would open his mind and heart to the truth. Finally, as you share with him the fallacy of the religion to which he belongs, don't forget to share the truth of the Word of God. Study the Bible to protect yourself, and to arm yourself against Satan's lies. And then remember: no matter what the outcome, you have honored the Lord by your obedience and willingness to share His Word with others. You may ultimately find that the Holy Spirit has used you to plant a seed. Someone else may water that seed, and perhaps you will someday find that your neighbor has been born again -- thanks in part to your willingness to share your faith with him.
Our prayers are with you, and may the Lord bless you as you contend for the faith.
Ben and Jennifer Rast