Reviewed in Royal Service, March, 1989 by Lois Ames, Albuquerque, NM
When a "burning in the bosom" flames in a Latter-day Saint studying the Book of Mormon, he declares he has found his testimony of the truth. Now he must believe whatever told about the Mormon religion.
James R. Spencer in Have You Witnessed to a Mormon Lately? offers Gods truth to set these captives free. Once bound in the cult himself, Spencer quotes "there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is destruction." Whenever he gives a Mormon his book exposing the cult, he writes Pauls messge of Romans 10:1-4 on the flyleaf.
Spencer explains we need to witness because many disillusioned Latter-day Saints are leaving the church. The Book of Mormon is under attack by anthropologists at Brigham Young University. Even patriarchal authoritarianism is being challenged. Spencer feels a growing hunger in the Latter-day Saints that results in a cm tot deliverance. He and other Mormon-watchers believe that "cataclysmic upheavals in Mormonism will cause tens of thousands to exit the church in the next few years My motive in witnessing to Mormons is that they may come into the same freedom I myself have experienced in Christ."
Spencer says our witness can be truthful as well as loving...bold and sensitive, tough and tender. ... we will need to take inventory of our attitudes, prepare ourselves for battle, and pray for direction."
Leading a Mormon to Christ is not an easy task. "Talking about spiritual things to a Mormon," says Walter Martin (an authority on cults), "is like trying to describe a rainbow to a blind man."
Mormons are not Protestants with different doctrines, as some people think. They are not Christians. Mormonism opposes Bible basics.
Consider these Mormon tenets: Jesus Christ is "spirit brother" of Satan. He was physically conceived by God the Father and the Virgin Mary. The wedding in Cana was Jesus own when he married three women: Mary, her sister Martha, and "the other Mary." He had children by them. Every worthy Mormon can progress to become a god just as the Father did.
Spencer lists other topics he says we should understand about Mormon beliefs. Even Mormons feel repugnance when crude ones are mentioned. The doctrine of the holy Trinity and salvation by grace
are "the two Great Heresies of Christendom," said Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie.
Because people "are won to Mormonism by carefully constructed arguments," Spencer says, "they will be won out of Mormonism as we take their arguments apart, brick by brick." The rules for his method of witnessing: isolate the subject, qualify a response, and verify your
Getting a Mormon away from the "burning in the bosom, " we can lead him to look objectively at the Book of Mormon, even though it has been changed over 4,000 times in the last 150 years. The Book of Mormon teaches a type of monotheism, but the church teaches
Talking about the nature of God to a Mormon Spencer says, is the most rewarding of al the foundational doctrines. "You will see results more quickly than you will in any other area. Spencer exposes Mormon salesmanship, which is to overpower with a barrage of flawed, out-of-context material.
To answer a seeking Mormon, Spencer offers replies for nine frequently asked questions. He says resist easy answers to complex problems; discuss presuppositions; read every passage in context; and, of course, isolate, qualify, and verify.
We do not need to refuse the Mormon missionaries knocking on our doors. We can witness to them of the truth they do not know. Remember that they are the enslaved. They do not know your all-sufficient God.<