You have a weapon to fight Mormon bashers. It’s called your Testimony
I tweet, a lot. I get into Twitter wars, a lot. I’m civil, mostly, and I love others and respect their right to an opinion, a lot. But there are occasions when I have to get tough, and that’s when I pull out my keenest, most unbeatable weapon; my Testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For decades there have been pastors, and some so-called Christian churches, who spent a whole lotta time trying to discredit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of their tactics is to “reach out” to Mormons who are wandering in darkness–as they would say–and “save them.” Oy! Recently, a certain tweeter with the handle @directorCSS tweeted the following to me:
The link takes you to a video with a pastor named Jeff Durbin. Maybe some of you know this guy, but I have never heard of him. All I needed to know was in the caption to the YouTube video. It read:
Christian Pastor, apologist, and host of Apologia Radio, Jeff Durbin, preaches at Cornerstone in Chandler, Arizona. Jeff teaches on the need to reach members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the false-god and false-gospel communicated by Mormons. With love, respect, and concern for members of the Mormon community, Jeff leads us through the essential elements of the discussion between Mormons and Christians.
Being a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and living my life with Jesus Christ at its center, I wasn’t feeling the love, and the power was not exactly sunshine. But in an effort to make clear my devotion to the Savior I tweeted back to @directorCSS:
Simple enough, eh? According to the video caption, Mormons believe in a “false god.” Testifying of my faith in Jesus Christ–or so I thought–would be an adequate response. But no. This guy persisted.
Not being one to simply follow directions from someone who claims Mormons worship a “false god,” I again bore a sober witness to him.
And then I tried an appeal to his sense of respect, religious freedom, and Christian dignity:
And then I came down with a serious case of “how dare you” Righteous Indignation:
And then I thought my 16,200 Twitter followers should see what this guy was up to, so I exposed him:
But I had enough torque to keep me going. I then suggested he turn his “concern” from Latter-day Saints to the things threatening our religious liberty, and our very civilization.
And then I turned the tables on the notion that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in a “false god.”
Amazing what can be said in 140 characters. And then, just for good measure:
This is a tactic, a strategy of a present war. If someone says that Mormons or members of the LDS church believe in a “different god than Jesus,” or a “false god,” or a “false gospel,” do not hesitate to bear a firm witness of the Divinity of God’s Son to them. After you recount your sincere faith in our Savior, Redeemer, Creator, the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth, then simply say, “Jesus Christ is the God I believe in. If you believe in a different god than I do, as you say you do, you will have to explain to me who god that is.”
Fellow Saints, we are called to fight for our faith and the Head of our Church, Jesus Christ. Whether a Twitter war, a court battle for religious freedom, or a personal conflict with temptation, we must be armed with the right weapons. Mormons, Latter-day Saints, Christians, have all the tools to win. But a personal testimony of Jesus Christ as the Divine Son of God– born to a virgin, Mary, who grew and ministered in a body of flesh and bones, who served, taught, loved, healed and lead, who bled from every pore in Gethsemane, and died an unspeakable death on Calvary, the Christ, the Living Son of the Eternal Father–to bear firm witness of Him, is a sharp weapon against detractors and demons alike.
Lock and load my friends. Lock your convictions upon a passionate and immovable devotion to the Truth. Load your heart with spiritual knowledge and a clear and ready testimony that Jesus is the Christ. There is no weapon more sure, or truth more important in the battles of the latter days.
by Marjorie Haun 6/30/15