When we witness to Mormons, is sharing Christ’s subistitutionary atonement on the cross for our sins enough to convict an audience at Brigham Young University that they are following a different Gospel?
Perhaps not. For those of you following Dr. Albert Mohler’s speech this week at BYU, you may have cheered his clear message about the differences between Christianity and Mormonism.
But not so fast. Many Mormons are enthusiastically nodding their heads in agreement with Mohler, as they believe the same thing. Consider this comment from a Mormon believer:
Mr. Mohler, when you say “I believe that salvation comes only to those who believe and trust only in Christ and in his substitutionary atonement for salvation.” What makes you think that Mormons do not believe that?
As a “card carrying” Mormon, allow me to quote from the LDS Book of Scripture called the Doctrine and Covenants. In it, we believe that Christ Himself is speaking to Joseph Smith. He says:
” 4 Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;
5 Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.” DC 45:4-5
I do not know where you got the false impression that Mormons do not believe in the atonement of Christ. We may have differences of opinion on the importance of Greek Philosophy on the nature of God, but never doubt that Mormons believe that the Son of God Jesus Christ willingly gave His life so we could find mercy. Source
That leaves us with more questions than ever about how to effectively reach out to a group that follows a completely different Jesus.
- Christians and Mormons in dialogue (standupforthetruth.com)
- George Wood, Al Mohler and more questions about Mormonism (standupforthetruth.com)
- Should Christian Leaders Lecture at BYU? (standupforthetruth.com)