Why Respond to Mormon Claims?
by Jamie Pellew
“In apologetics, the concern is not with those who throw rocks but rather with their publicized attacks against Christianity that, if left unanswered, are potentially deceiving to multitudes of people.”
If you decide to take a stand for Biblical Christianity, and take the claims of the cults head on, one question you can expect to have asked of you is, “why are you trying to tear down someone else’s religion? Why can’t you just believe what you believe, and let others believe what they think is right.”?
Often times, this question can come from a close friend, or a family member. It is easy to be taken off guard by this sort of an accusation. Our defenses are usually raised immediately, and we either respond to the person face to face angrily, or if you present the claims over social media sites, such as Facebook, we hammer out an angry message back to the person. While this might make us feel good for a moment, we typically are still left angry, and hurt. And secretly, maybe you wonder if it really is your place to speak up against someone’s beliefs. “After all,” we reason, “I have no shortage of my own problems, and I don’t have everything figured out…perhaps I will just stop witnessing to this person”.
While this is in part true, that each of us have our own problems, and we are all sinners, and far from perfect, it does not mean that we should not contend for the faith that we have given our lives to. What’s more, you can be assured that the enemy does not cease to pit itself against the truth of the Bible. While we may decide to stop witnessing to people, or providing an apologetic defense for Biblical Christianity, those who raise themselves up against the truth of the scripture are still on the offense, proclaiming that the message of the cross is foolishness.
Recently, I was reading in a book, entitled, “Reasons for Faith” by Norman Geisler and Chad V Meister, this statement from apologist Kurt Van Gorden, who has participated in debates against leading Mormon apologists, which says, “In apologetics, the concern is not with those who throw rocks but rather with their publicized attacks against Christianity that, if left unanswered, are potentially deceiving to multitudes of people.”
From this statement, we see that we as apologists, do not defend Christianity, as if Christianity cannot withstand the attacks leveled against it, but that those who are attacking Christianity, choose public forums, to level their attacks against Christianity. So if Christians do not provide a defense against the claims these groups make, they could potentially deceive a large number of people…
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