Recently, I met with two Mormon missionaries, where we talked about testing beliefs. Following some discussion, I asked, if evidence shows the Book of Mormon false and your prayers say it is true, which one will you follow? They said they would believe their prayers.
Do you see how they have been trained to believe their hearts over and against evidence? The key to sharing with a Mormon is learning how to move from their hearts to their heads or from an emotional feeling to examining evidence. If you cannot do this, then the discussion is over and they will walk away.
Moving a Mormon from Heart to Head
I began a series of questions to try to get them away from the heart as a way of testing Mormonism. I asked them, in your prayers, could the voice you hear in your heart be Satan? They said it could be. I had them turn to 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 where the Apostle Paul writes, “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.” Paul here was warning the church to be careful because there were false teachers everywhere. In this instance Paul was commending the Corinthian Church for resisting these false teachers. He also told them to be wary of Satan. I told them Satan is crafty and he could be leading you astray from the truth. Is it possible the Mormon Church is proclaiming a false Jesus, a different spirit, and a false gospel? They said yes it is possible.
I then gave them an example of our different beliefs. We believe in a Triune God, one God in 3 persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I asked them, what do you believe? They said they believe the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all separate beings; they are all gods. I said this is an example of how we differ in our beliefs.
Since we disagree there are only three possibilities; 1) you are wrong and I am right or 2) you are right and I am wrong, or 3) we are both wrong. If one of us is right about God then the other is worshipping a false Jesus. They agreed.
We then read 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.”
I said could it be the Mormon Church has false apostles guided by Satan who is disguising himself as an angel of light. The Apostle Paul said Satan is crafty and a deceiver and could he be tricking you by using the appearance of good. This passage also says Satan’s servants disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; which means they look good on the outside, just like the two of you. I said according to this passage, could it be your being clean cut, going door to door and doing good things is all guided by Satan? And they said yes.
One of the elders then said, how did the Apostle Paul know what was true and what was false? I said that is a great question. I said Paul elsewhere tells us to test all things to discover truth. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV) “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” I mentioned one test would be to look for a contradiction between a belief and the scriptures. I said this is where evidence becomes important. They both agreed.