There are some wonderful people who are Mormons. We need to always remember this when we consider sharing the Gospel with them or anyone. As Christians, we are not better than anyone is, just better off. We, too, were once deceived and lost, and we need to remember this truth. Because they are prepared and steeped in their belief, you will probably not have much time with them. Your job is to make them think and examine their theology through Scripture instead of viewing Scripture through their theology. The following are some important points that you need to know. You will notice a few talking points listed below. Choose one or two of them to memorize and bring up the next time they knock on your door.
Mormons are often very schooled in their theology. They are taught exactly what to say and what objections to expect. They are also taught that you are lost if your belief differs from theirs. If you think about it, their motive is to see you saved, which is a good motive. The problem is if your belief is not the truth, all the sincerity in the world will not change this fact. First, it helps to understand their teachings a bit. When you speak to Mormons, they have the habit of agreeing with your stated beliefs, when in truth they do not. You need to dig deeper and ask them direct questions.
TALKING POINT: They often want you to think they are Christians. A good question to ask them is, “If we are both Christians, why are you trying to convert me?”
Mormon beliefs differ greatly from Christians is some of the most important areas. There are a number of topics that you could raise with them. They believe that there are many gods, which goes directly against the teaching of the Bible that there is only one God. In fact, they believe that as Mormons, they are in training, so to speak, to become a god. If they follow the teachings of Mormonism explicitly, they believe they will one day be god and have their own universe. One of their foundational beliefs is, “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be. God was once just a man! Man can become God!”
TALKING POINT: Memorize a few of these twenty-eight verses that clearly state there is only one God: http://mit.irr.org/28-biblical-passages-which-explicitly-teach-there-only-one-god
Mormons do not believe in Hell. They believe that those who die and are not Mormons will still go to paradise (a lower level of Heaven) unless they have been extremely evil, in which case they could be cast into outer darkness. If they do end up in paradise instead of outer darkness, Mormons believe those people will be given another chance to become Mormon. If they agree and convert, then they will need to learn their teachings, and someone who is still alive on earth will need to be baptized for that person.
TALKING POINT: Because of this second-chance belief, I have pointed out to Mormons that I am better off believing in what I do than becoming a Mormon. After all, if they are correct, then I will get another chance. If Christians are correct, however, there is no second chance. This is shown in Hebrews 9:27: “….it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” Hebrews 9:27. Ask them to consider this point.
Today, Mormons prefer the name, “The Church of Latter Day Saints.” This is because they believe that much of the true Gospel message was lost, and Joseph Smith was given the correct and updated revelations. Since they claim the Bible has been altered, they view the Bible with suspicion. They do use the King James Version, but claim that wherever the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrines and Covenants or their current prophet contradicts the Holy Bible, the Bible is incorrect. Ironically, they will still use the Bible that they do not trust fully, to argue for the truth in the Bible. They also teach that they are the only true church and believe that Jesus is a created being and the spirit brother of Satan.
TALKING POINT: Another great question that you can ask Mormons is “If I could prove to you that the Bible we have today (which teaches salvation by grace alone) is the same as what was originally written, would you abandon Mormonism and become a Christian?” This is a very pointed question. If they say no, ask them, “Why would you not want to adhere to the Bible if you are assured that it is the same as what was originally written?” If they don’t give a satisfactory answer, point out the fact from Hebrews. “It is once appointed for man to die and then the judgment.” Tell them that you believe you are better off trusting in what the Bible says and being a Christian. Ask them, “Doesn’t the lack of a second chance make it reasonable to investigate it for yourself?” If they say agree, show them a great video by Biblical scholar Dan Wallace found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lEmch2OAhs. You should definitely watch it yourself. Go here http://www.csntm.org/ to see Dan Wallace’s enormous project of digitally photographing 2,600,000 manuscripts.
Mormons will say people are saved by grace, but what they really believe is that people are given grace by God to do good works in order to be saved. They do not teach that you are saved by grace through faith alone, even though they initially may try to tell you this. They have fallen for the same deception about works as the Galatians. Works appeal to the flesh because the flesh likes to boast. The flesh wants to say I did it.
TALKING POINTS: You need to ask direct questions like, “Do you believe we are saved by grace alone through faith?” You could also ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Mormons may lead you to James 2:17 which states, “Faith without works is dead.” However, it’s vital to examine the entire Scripture. Here (https://carm.org/verses-showing-justification-by-faith) are twenty-seven verses that say we are saved by grace alone through faith. Ask the Mormons, “How do you reconcile this fact?” Point out that the weight of the evidence is clearly on the side of salvation by grace through faith. You cannot build your theology on one or two verses when a whole host of other verses contradict it.
Considering all of the verses, we interpret the couple of verses in James as telling us that faith cannot be seen by simply stating, “I have faith” any more than Jesus’ divinity could be seen when he said, “Your sins are forgiven.” To display evidence of his divinity, Jesus did miracles. To display evidence of your faith, your life should display good works in line with your statement of faith.
TALKING POINT: Mormons think we place too much emphasis on the teachings of Paul simply because he spoke of salvation by grace through faith, which goes against their teaching. You should encourage them to continue to read beyond James 2:17. When they do, they will see that Abraham was one of those whose faith is shown as an example. If you stick with the context Mormons want you to believe, Abraham must have done good works for that to happen. This is what they want you to think. But if you investigate further, you discover that the Bible says, “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath where of to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:1-3 KJV). Scripture tells us clearly that Abraham was declared righteous before he did any works. Point out to them that “Good works are a fruit and not a root of our salvation” (Galatians 5:6). Another place to take them is the entire book of Galatians where Paul clearly teaches against works based salvation.
A verse that weighs heavy with Mormons is Matthew 5:48 which states, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”(KJV) In a book that so heavily emphasizes salvation by grace alone, we see these words of Jesus as a warning that God’s standard is so perfect that we need a savior. Mormons see it as a call to do good works, to be perfect to be saved. It puts a lot of pressure on them.
TALKING POINT: Another way to approach them is to emphasize this pressure and make them focus on it. This would be similar to what Jesus did in Matte 5:48 and other verses where Jesus says to cut off your hand or poke out your eye if it causes you to sin. Ask them why they do not follow these instructions? Ask them how they are doing at being perfect? If they ask you if you ever mess up, tell them yes but it is not about you, it is all about the saving grace of God as taught in the Bible. Take them to Romans 4:1-3 again.
There are many great resources online to help you share with Mormons. Some sites have a list of questions you can ask them which will help them see the errors in their theology. One I found that really cares for the salvation of Mormons uses the approach of emphasizing Matthew 5:48 – http://tilm.org/. On their site, there is a great dictionary of Mormon terms (http://tilm.org/dictionary/#j) to help you understand their beliefs in in comparison to Christianity.
TALKING POINT: My favorite way to awaken Mormons to their predicament goes along with Matthew 5:48. I like to give them the good person test. In Galatians 3:24, Paul tells us that the law is a schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. The good person test is very simple to administer. Here is a great short video I discovered, giving the test to Mormons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRUwL1ACjc0 . You will also see much of their theology exposed in this clip. The good person test is also perfect for non-believers. You can learn the good person test here: http://www.livingwaters.com/ .
Another great website that will really equip you to share the truth with a Mormon: http://mit.irr.org/.