Have you ever studied with any of the Mormon ‘missionaries’ that come calling at your door? Most of these young men carry the title “elder”, and they have devoted themselves to a two year period of spreading their message door-to-door. Their zeal and dedication are commendable, but their message is full of error (Romans 10:1-3).
Not only is the message that the Mormons teach wrong, so is their approach. As you probably know, the Mormons base their religion heavily upon the teachings of Joseph Smith. He was a man who lived in New York during the first half of the 19th century. He claimed to have received a special revelation from God. The details of how he supposedly received this revelation are all very strange. Smith proceeded to write several books. The most famous of these is the Book of Mormon. While the Mormons claim to believe the Bible, they argue that it has been corrupted over the centuries, and that the writings of Joseph Smith represent a more accurate “latter day” revelation from God.
It seems obvious that there is a huge burden of proof that accompanies these claims. If the Book of Mormon and its companion writings are from God, then those who believe in them ought to be able to provide compelling evidence of their authenticity. After all, this is what we do when we meet someone who does not believe the Bible. In fact, we put a good deal of emphasis on studying ‘evidences’ so that we can answer those who question us about our faith (2 Peter 3:15).
The Mormons typically refuse to engage in such a study. Their standard response is to ask us to pray to God, promising that He will give an answer by way of a “warm feeling” in the heart. This is the wrong approach. If the Mormons won’t supply their ‘evidence’, we have no ‘common ground’ upon which to study with them.
– by Greg Gwin