Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons
by Ron Rhodes and Marian Bodine
It may seem odd to recommend a book entitled Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons, since official Mormon doctrine declares that the Bible is not the inerrant Word of God. If they believe the Bible has been corrupted over the centuries, how could Christians use that Bible to convince them that theyíre wrong?
Thatís a fair question. But there are at least two reasons why Christians must depend on scripture when defending their faith in discussions with Mormons.
First, almost every Mormon you meet will adamantly proclaim that he is a Christianóhe does not believe that his worldview differs significantly from the Christian worldview. An emphasis on the LDS Churchís rejection of the foundation for Christian knowing, Godís Word, helps the Mormon to see just how far they are from orthodoxy.
More importantly, God promises that He will use His Word as He wills, and we should take that promise seriously even when it seems that others are close-minded about the Bible. ďAs the rain and the snow come down from heaven,Ē God says in Isaiah 55:10-11, ďand do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.Ē
Humanly speaking, itís hard to imagine that Godís Word could convict someone who doesnít believe the words are Godís. But humanly speaking, itís also impossible to imagine one man leading another man to the saving knowledge of Christ. Good news! The work of salvation is the Lordís, and we must trust Him to do the work through His Word, even in unlikely circumstances.
by Jeff Baldwin