A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were walking down the street, and there were a couple of Mormon missionaries walking towards us. I asked them if they’re Mormons. The guy said they were, and asked if I knew much about their church. I told him I knew a little bit, and he asked if they could come to our house to have a discussion. I agreed, and we scheduled it for a couple days later. They never showed up, and I thought that would be the last I would hear from them.
Eight days later, the doorbell rings unexpectedly, and they apologize for missing the appointment. They offer to make another appointment, but I asked if they have time to do it now. Matthew asked what I believe, and I considered saying I’m a member of the church of Jesus Christ of former day saints, but I refrained. I just said that I believe in the trinity, and that we’re all going to stand before the Creator on Judgment Day.
They started a little spiel about how important family is to them. It was nice, but I just wanted to hear what they thought they needed to do to get to heaven, so I politely interrupted them.
He responded that in order to get to heaven, they have to keep the commandments, and I couldn’t help but stop him right there, and ask if he had done that. He said he had kept them, so I went through a few of them. He admitted to lying stealing, blasphemy, and lust. They assured me that that was okay, because Jesus died for my sins.
So I asked if there’s anything else I need to do to get to heaven. They mentioned that you must be baptized. I couldn’t let that go either. If we’re trusting in our own good religious works to get to heaven, even as just an addition to trusting in Jesus, we can’t be saved. Salvation is a gift, not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). God wants all the credit for saving us, and He’s not interested in sharing the glory. They said that this is one of the verses that has been corrupted. I mentioned that there must be a lot of verses on this subject that have been corrupted, including John 1:12, John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5 among others.
Then, I explained that the other problem is that they have the wrong Jesus. If I believed that Jesus was a 3’ tall green Martian, how will that work out on Judgment Day? Obviously, it’s not going to work. The 3’ tall green Martian can’t pay the penalty for my sins.
I told them the Mormon Jesus is completely different from who Jesus truly is. I had them look up Exodus 3:14, where God the Father calls Himself “I AM”, then John 8:58 where Jesus called Himself “I AM”. Then we went to Isaiah 44:6 where it says there is only one God, and He calls Himself “The First and the Last”. Then, Revelation 22:13 where Jesus calls Himself “The First and the Last.” I’m not sure how on point these particular Scriptures were; I think they may be more beneficial for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Certainly where Isaiah 44:6 says there is only one God would help correct a Mormon’s polytheistic beliefs.
So, I left them with the understanding that if the Bible is correct, they’re guilty of breaking God’s law, and they don’t have a savior. In addition, they’re trusting in their own good works, rather than Christ alone. And they will spend eternity in outer darkness/hell. Your eternity is an enormous bet to place on the reliability of Joseph Smith (who I think even they might admit was unreliable).
The law is a schoolmaster that brings people to Christ (Galatians 3:24). The Bible is a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) that will cut regardless of whether they believe it’s corrupted. I went over the law and several verses. I’m incapable of convincing anyone, and I’m sure I could have done so much better. All we can do is pray for them, and leave it up to God to convince them. Please pray for Matthew and his friend.