Part 16 Moving past feelings to the truth

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Moving a Mormon from Heart to Head

In the previous post I used 2 Corinthians 11 as a strategy to move a Mormon away from utilizing their prayers and feelings in the heart as a method for testing all truth.  Now I would like to give you some key points to accomplish that objective.

  • Point out Satan is crafty and could be fooling one of us (2 Corinth. 11:3).  Some of you may not be comfortable with admitting you could be deceived.  You have to understand I am not admitting I am wrong but that it is possible.  The Apostle Paul did this in 1 Corinthians 15 when he said if Jesus was not raised from the dead our faith is useless.  Paul pointed to evidence and said if it is against us, we are fools to believe.  We can use the same strategy with our Mormon friends.
  • This admitting I could be deceived is a tactic that is extremely attractive to Mormons.  They have told me most Christians cram their beliefs down their throats.  However, talking with me is different because I am willing to admit I could be wrong.  I tell them I am not God and therefore, don’t have all knowledge.  This is so attractive they have said they love to talk spiritual issues with me.  Again I didn’t say I was wrong, just it was possible.
  • Use 2 Corinthians 11:4 to show one of us is bringing a false Jesus, a different Holy Spirit, and a false gospel.  Ask them if it could be them?
  • The following are good verses to counter the Mormon when he says look at all the good works our church does.  Tell him Satan also acts like He is from God, masquerading as an angel of light (2 Corinth. 11:14).  An angel of light gives the impression of a good angel.  Satan’s workers say they are Apostles of Christ, representing the Christian church but are actually false apostles (2 Corinth. 11:13).  Satan’s workers also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.  They look like they represent God by doing good works but they really represent Satan (1 Corinth. 11:15).  I have asked, could this describe the works of the Mormon Church?

If you can get your Mormon friend to admit it is possible their hearts are deceived, you have won a great victory.  You can now move towards presenting evidence against their beliefs.  Share the information I gave you in earlier posts concerning Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  Just remember to present evidence slowly and end your statements with questions.  Always put the ball back into their court.  Keep in mind, they are meeting with you to answer your questions, so follow that rule and ask them tough questions.

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