Saturday, November 5th, Rob Hughes and I both hit Brentwood town centre. 'Armed' with loads of tracts and a willingness to preach the Gospel to the lost, we were soon joined by Elyske and Ingrid to make a team of four. The High St was consistently busy today which made handing out tracts a lot easier. My first conversation came from a gentleman named Mustafah. He took a tract, read it while waiting for his girlfriend in a shop and came back to me asking questions. He was very amiable and had a great interest in different world religions. I explianed the Biblical view of Creation and fall of Man into sin, Gods Law and how we break it, how Christ came to save those who repent and why the Biblical Worldview is the ONLY way to account for human experience of the world. He appeared to take in every word and we eventually parted with him taking more tracts and an ear full of the Gospel.
Rob also had an opportunity to chat to people -
I had the opportunity to talk with a man who said he was a Mormon. Ingrid had already been talking with him when I came over and joined her. He came across as a man content and quite happy with his life, and spoke a lot about how good the Mormons are, that as a group of people he found them to be the most “caring people he had ever met.” Mormons certainly are a people of “good works.” Their emphasis on striving for perfection as the people of God is driven by their theology, for to attain to the “Celestial Kingdom,” where “Heavenly Father” lives, one must do all he can in this life (in the Book of Mormon it says: “...for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” - 2 Nephi 25:23). As a result the perception of Mormons is that they certainly are a people of “clean living.”
However many Mormons, particularly women, reach a point where they become simply overwhelmed by the many works they must perform. It certainly is hard to be perfect, and even harder when you do not truly have the Holy Spirit to help you, when your mind has not been regenerated by the power of God, when your desire to be holy is man-centred and not God-centred. I explained to the man we were talking to that it is faith in Christ alone
that makes us perfect before God, because Christ has already lived the perfect life for us, the perfect life that we cannot live (see 2 Corinthians 5:21
). I found it peculiar that he wanted to turn to Scriptures that really had no bearing on what we talking about. I had to keep bring it back to the central issue. It is either grace plus works that saves us, or it is grace alone. Ephesians 2:8-9
tells us plainly: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Towards the end of the conversation I had to become a little more direct and said to him plainly: “The Mormon Church is a false church.” He did not like this, so I tried earnestly to explain to him why this is the case. Mormonism is not Christianity, because it deviates most definitely from orthodox, historical Christianity. For that reason it is most certainly a cult, and one which must be exposed as such. Do pray for the man we spoke to, and the many Mormons trapped in this false religion. They “worship” Jesus, but it is not the Jesus of the Bible (the Truth) whom they are worshipping. Do pray for them!