The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)


What should you EXPECT when the Mormon "elders" come to your house?  How should you ANSWER them?  Some answers to these two questions will be given in this article.
When the two young men (usually in their late teens or early twenties) come by, they will introduce themselves as being "elders." While being courteous, inquire of them if they brought their wives and children with them. They will tell you that they are NOT MARRIED. Then ask them, "Don't you believe the Bible?" They will answer, "yes."  Then ask how they could be "elders" when the Bible teaches that elders are to be married, "having faithful children" (Titus 1:5-6)?
The twentieth chapter of Acts, verses 17 & 24 show that ELDERS and BISHOPS are one and the same office of responsibility, so if you deem it wise, read to them First Timothy 3:1-2 & 4.  Believe me, they will want to "get away" from this point as quickly as possible.  If you want to end the discussion without going further, "hold their feet to the fire" on this matter and make the point, "if you believe the Bible, then you cannot be elders; if you don't believe the Bible, then WE don't have anything further to discuss."
The above is important because the Mormon missionaries want to start out by ASSURING you that they believe the Bible and that their appeal is to the Bible. But that is subterfuge. They only leave that impression as a "springboard" to introduce the Book Of Mormon into the discussion.  The missionaries’ real purpose is to try to convince you that God has given TWO books to mankind, the Bible AND the Book Of Mormon, and they try to use the Bible to persuade you of this, so as to validate the Book Of Mormon in your mind.
They wrest and pervert Old Testament Scriptures such as Ezekiel 37:15-17 in their effort to do this. The Mormons PRESUME to teach that the "two sticks" mentioned in Ezekiel 37 are representative of TWO revelations (Books) from God; the stick of Judah being the Bible, and the stick of Joseph being the Book Of Mormon. That is sheer fabrication on their part because the text clearly indicates otherwise! It is certain from the text that the sticks are DEPICTIONS of the two nations, Judah and Israel, which had been divided upon the death of Solomon (vs. 18-28).
The TWO sticks being brought together as ONE is spiritually symbolic that God's "true Israel" shall be ONE under the kingship of Jesus Christ, who is representatively portrayed by king David.  (Notice such Biblical teachings as II Samuel 7:8-16; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Luke 1:26-33; John 10:14-16; Acts 2:29-36; 13:16-38). There is absolutely NOTHING in the context of Ezekiel 37 to support their teaching that one of the sticks is the Book of Mormon and the other is the Bible!
Remember, the whole Mormon doctrine hinges on "Mormon books," and NOT on the Bible. Mormons go by the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrines and Covenants, etc. Therefore, in discussions with their missionaries, show that the Bible is ALL-SUFFICIENT and that we are to hear Christ (Heb. 1:1-2), NOT Joseph Smith. Insist they listen while you "put together" such Scriptures as Matthew 7:21-27; 17:5; John 12:48-50; 20:30-31; Acts 1:1-2; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:3; Jude 3; Revelation 22:18-19.
Christ and His word are sufficient. Christians DON'T NEED Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon! (nor do we need the catechism, various articles of faith, or any other man-made book or doctrine).
When the young Mormon teen-ager comes to your door, ask if one can be saved WITHOUT the Book of Mormon. If he says YES, then the BOTH of you can easily see that the Book of Mormon is NOT necessary.  If he says NO, then you should take the time to teach him the TRUTH (John 17:17).
Certainly, the Bible is all one needs TO OBEY TO BE SAVED (Rom. 1:16; I Cor. 15:1-4)! Therefore, WE DON'T NEED the Book of Mormon (nor the Articles of Faith, D & C, etc.). It is wrong to "add" anything to the Gospel, and it is wrong to "subtract" anything from it, and those who do so are "accursed" in God's sight (Gal. 1:6-9). The Mormons, with all their "own books" ADD TO and CHANGE the Gospel, and thus stand condemned in so doing! The Book of Mormon scoffs at the idea of the Bible being the ONLY BOOK from God (see 2 Nephi 28:27-29, and 2 Nephi 29:3, 6, 10-11), and teaches that men will be judged by OTHER books in addition to the Bible (cf. John 12:48).
Help the YOUNG MISSIONARY to understand that there are MANY CONFLICTS between the Bible and the Book of Mormon (far to many for us to enumerate here). However, we will cite a few such variances as examples: 

    (1) The Bible says that Jesus was born in BETHLEHEM (Matt. 2:1; Luke 2:1-7), whereas the Book of Mormon says He was born in JERUSALEM (Alma 7:10). Both can't be true!
    (2) The Bible tells us that during the last THREE HOURS Jesus was on the cross there was "darkness over all the land" (Matt. 27:45; Mark 15:33; and Luke 23:44), whereas the Book of Mormon says there was darkness for THREE DAYS (Helaman 14:20, 27). Both can't be true!
    (3) The Bible teaches "God is a spirit" (John 4:23-24), and Jesus said a spirit DOES NOT HAVE "flesh and bones" (Luke 24:39). Mormons teach "the Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's" (Doctrines and Covenants, Section 130:22.). Both can't be true!

    (4) The Book of Mormon has the church of Christ being in existence by 147 B.C. and people being baptized back then (Mosiah 18:17).  It teaches that those belonging to the church were being called Christians by 73 B.C. (Alma 46:14-15). The truth is that baptism is unique to the New Testament (can't find it in the Old Testament), and was first mentioned as a part of John's ministry just before the ministry of Christ (Matt. 3:1-17). And then, during the personal ministry of Christ (in approximately A.D. 32),

Jesus said, "I will build my church..." (Matt. 16:18).

Obviously, it HAD NOT been established when Christ said that (see Acts chapter 2 for date and place of establishment). And it was not until shortly before His ascension that He gave instruction concerning the baptism of the great commission (Matt. 28:18-19). Additionally, the Bible teaches that the disciples were "first called Christians in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). The CONFLICTS between the Bible and the Book of Mormon just go ON and ON!
Concluding thoughts:  the Mormon missionaries will try to monopolize the conversation. They have their "spiel" down pat. They want you to sit there and listen to them "reel it off." Don't let that happen. While being courteous and kind, at the same time be firm. Remember, they want "to get away from the Bible" as quickly as possible because it is THEIR BOOKS they want to teach, NOT THE BIBLE. Tell them you're not interested in their books, but just the Bible! They won't stay around long under those conditions!

Please SEARCH THE ABOVE SCRIPTURES and see whether these things are so (Acts 17:11).

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