A discussion on facebook last night got me thinking.
Mormons often seem to say, “Why don’t you evangelicals just leave us alone”, or “you speak against our faith, so you are an Anti-Mormon.”
I think the reality by now should be long established that by and large Evangelical Christians by and large do not accept Mormonism as being a Christian movement, therefore we or better I, do not believe that Mormons are in a religion that is going to bring them to salvation in Christ.
That does not mean that every Mormon cannot possibly be saved, however it means that I believe that the system of belief that they have placed themselves in will not bring them to that point. Christ can of course save who ever He wants.
So if Christians (rightly or wrongly) believe this, then what is the loving thing to do? This reminded me of this video from Atheist Penn Jillette (from Penn and Teller)
He says if Christians believe in a heaven and hell, and that if they don’t believe people will go to heaven without them “proselyting” to them, then how much must Christians hate the people around them? Good point.
I think sometimes Mormons need to realise that Christians like myself that believe what we believe about the biblical gospel and its implications for the Mormon people, are actually we are doing what we consider to be the most loving thing we could ever do. That is to bring you to this Biblical true Christ. You can disagree with that last assumption, and that’s fine that’s what dialogue is all about.
For us to believe what we believe about you guys and do NOTHING. Would make us true Anti-Mormons. To believe you are in a spiritual sinking ship, and just leave you there would be a true demonstration of HATE for Mormons and therefore the so called Anti-Mormonism. So in reality my motivation, and the motivation of so many others, is genuine LOVE for the Mormon people. Many will not accept this, but I do not do all of this, and spend thousands on going to Utah etc because I dislike Mormons.
Yes I know we get the methodology wrong sometimes, but please try and understand this point. This can be such a barrier to communication that is in reality such a simple misunderstanding.
Just plain unhelpful