The last Presidential election cycle saw a huge increase in discussion about Mormonism with Mitt Romney running for President of the United States. For some this conversation is new, but for many like me who live, work and minister around Mormons, Mormonism is nothing new. The area I live in, Boise, Idaho has one of the highest per capita populations of Mormons in the world. Being that as it may even before I moved to the Boise area, I have long been interested in reading books on Mormonism in order to better understand what they believe, so that I can faithfully engage them with the Gospel.
In my experience ministering and witnessing to Mormons, Mormons are confused on the essentials of the Gospel. For the sake of clarity allow me to state upfront, I know about Mormonism not only through reading books about them, but also because, I have multiple Mormon neighbors I’ve walked through the Gospel with in order to see what they understand of the Gospel from the Bible. In doing so I’ve asked open-ended questions, given Scripture and taught the Gospel to them. I have one Mormon neighbor who I’ve done this with, and he did not respond to anything I said, but when I mentioned something else about a Christian radio station in my area, he immediately lit up with excitement and became passionate about the Christian music he listens to. In my experience Mormons demonstrate not biblical literacy but rather spiritual blindness.
In their helpful updated and expanded edition of Answering Mormons’ Questions Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints authors Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson write in order to help Christians understand such questions as “Why don’t Christians accept Mormons as Christians?, “Do you believe Mormonism is a cult?”, “If the LDS church is not true, what church is?, and “How can you explain the many contradictions found throughout the Bible?”
This book takes an approach that I think is helpful in that the author begin each chapter with a question and then gives response questions. Each chapter begins not with assuming what Mormons teach but rather with a direct quote from Mormon leaders, then give a summary of their official doctrine, and then proceeds to show where Mormons error by taking a biblical-theological approach to address the question.
The approach of this book resonates well with me, because it deals with the whole person and their worldview. The authors don’t assume that the reader understands anything about Mormonism but rather helpfully point out what Mormonism teaches and what the Bible teaches. Whether you’re new to studying what Mormons teach, or you live and work around Mormons, Answering Mormons Questions is an important book that will help you as a Christian to be prepared to answer Mormons questions and to ask your own. This updated and expanded book weaves biblical and theological insight with great knowledge of Mormonism in order to give Christians an insightful and easy to use reference guide with answers to the most common questions Mormons ask. I recommend you read this book along with Is The Mormon My Brother? Discerning The Differences Between Mormonism and Christianity? By Dr. James R. White.
Author: Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson
Publisher: Kregel (2012)
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