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Christians are corrupt?!

>> Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Over the last 13-years that I have brought the Gospel to the LDS here in Mesa, some common questions or objections come up:

"Why are you attacking us? Shouldn't you be respectful of other religions? Do we come to your church and bother you?"

This is one of the most common complaints we hear. To answer these questions honestly and fairly we have to take a look at the LDS church's "official" first-vision account (actually there is more than one, and they don't match each other):

"My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)--and which I should join.

I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof."

He again forbade me to join with any of them"

It is clear from the LDS church's official first-vision account that it is not the Christian church that has initiated the attack. The Christians are and have been on the defensive with regard to Mormonism. Mormonism teaches a corrupt view of God and His Gospel. Christians are commanded to preach the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20), to give a reasoned defense of the Faith (1 Peter 3:15) and to put up a stiff-fight for the Faith (Jude 3). We are lovers of God and His Truth. It would be the ultimate act of hatred to the Mormon community to leave them to an organization that is leading them to destruction. If you love someone you will tell them the truth, regardless of how painful it might be. I admit it is difficult. But, I have seen countless people that God has drawn to Himself through our outreach and that of other Christians who are willing to lay their lives down and suffer ridicule and shame for the cause of Christ.

So, when my Mormon friends ask me why I come to their event to dialogue with them, to that I say:

"First of all, I love God. Second, I love Mormons. Also, every-day you come to my door and to doors around the world telling people God's church is not to be joined, that the teachings of Christians are an abomination and that Christians are corrupt. You come to our homes and tell us that! I have a right as a Christian to preach the Gospel and defend the faith against any false-prophet that attacks the God of the Bible and His precious Gospel--- I am in-fact commanded to do so."

This is an older video. But, it might give you a good overview.

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