When ministering to people of other faiths, I use the Holy Bible and their own material to help them see truth. You will see listed below, some of the material that I have used over the last month.
I am currently having my weekly study with members of the Baha’i faith. We are still covering Some Answered Questions. The chapter of Mohammad comes up frequently.
The Baha’is see Mohammad as a messenger of God who was sinless. This is where I had to stop the discussion and bring up Mohammad and the holy war. How are Bahá’ís going to try to wiggle their way out of this? They are going to say that Mohammad did it in self-defense and if there were any horrendous atrocities it would have been Mohammad’s followers because Mohammad was a sinless man.
While I was not able to get into depth like I wanted to with the Baha’is because our meeting is only an hour, I was able to send them this link.
One quote that you might find interesting is where an Arab tribe was attacked without warning:
"The Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives" (Bukhari 46:717).
You might find this information useful when talking with Muslims as well. Happy witnessing!
I went to the Raleigh, N.C. Temple Open House with Eric Johnson of Mormonism Research Ministry. We toured the temple right when we got there. We held up signs that said, “SacredorSecret.com” for people to see outside the temple. While Mormons believe everything that occurs in the temple is sacred; they have several acts and customs that they are expected to keep secret from outsiders, including secret handshakes, tokens, and freemasonry handshakes.
There was another lady there named Sally who was helping out at the temple tour and we talked about the forgiveness of sins. It always saddens me that LDS are not able to accept the free gift of forgiveness, rather they feel like they have to work for it.
She admitted to me that she is not doing everything that is required of her to receive forgiveness but she is still trying. I then shared this quote with her from one of the Mormon scriptures, “Trying Is Not Sufficient. Nor is repentance complete when one merely tries to abandon sin” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 164).
She said she agreed with it, but she was trying to justify how hard she tries. She was giving the example of how much more is expected from her 16 year old daughter than her 6 year old daughter. I said that is true. I then quoted D&C 1:31-33 which says, “31 For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance; 32 Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven; 33 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.”
I told her that she has been LDS for a while and she knows what is required of her to live with God. She has to be sinless to be in the Celestial Kingdom. While she knew what it was saying Sally kept insisting that God will work it out for doing her best. How is she doing her best when she has been taught that she can keep all the commandments?
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
1 Nephi 3:7
I gave her my card and we are hoping to continue this conversation. She said that she will be going down to Baton Rouge next month for the temple opening. Please pray she contacts me!
While at the temple open house we get what we call “Yell by evangelism” from LDS people. They frequently yell, “We don’t go to your events!” I would like to respond to the LDS that are reading this. It is an open house where the public are invited to attend. You may not like what I have to say, but your leaders have given me permission to challenge the LDS faith.
One quote that I like is, “If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak” (George Albert Smith, August 13, 1871, Journal of Discourses 14:216).
Also, is there any difference between thousands of missionaries knocking on people’s doors to share their beliefs? I do not think so.
I would also like to bring attention to what some of the characters in The Book of Mormon have done as well:
29 And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught them in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we have also entered into their temples and their synagogues and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again.
30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some. (Alma 26:29–30).
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I will be traveling with Eric Johnson of Mormonism Research Ministry for two trips. We will be speaking at local Christian churches about the differences between LDS temples and the temple in the Bible. We will be attending the rededication of the LDS temples in Baton Rouge October 25-November 2nd. We will be handing out a temple newspaper about the differences.