Tonight I was stunned

Tonight I was stunned

My friends the LDS missionaries were over tonight. One I knew and another just transferred in. We engaged in a wonderful conversation. We were talking about faith based or works based righteousness. I was really impressed with the depth of our dialogue.

I was totally surprised at how much mormons and Christians think the same. If you look at the daily life of both they are fairly similar. On a deeper level the theology is very different, but on the surface the difference far less noticable. I could have been debating Christians, and the discussion would have been the same. The only difference is that the Mormons were more passionate and more sincere. There is little wonder why they recruit so many in to their church.

I so wish that I could see the passion I saw tonight in Christians. If the Christian church is really as connected to God as it thinks it is it would be very different from the way it is now. It really would.

  1. #1 by Anonymous on October 31, 2002 - 2:36 am

    I hope you’re the only one who can read this because what I’d like to say is not for everyone. I think that there is more passion in the morman church because they are very much works oriented. On the other hand, I’m not excusing the christian apathy. I just think that when you are spreading dogma instead of God, you tend to lose a bit of enthusiasm. It also help to actually know God instead of thinking you know him or knowing very little about him. just a thought

  2. #2 by Anonymous on November 1, 2002 - 3:49 pm

    I totally agree with you. I was talking with a Jehovah Witness and the passion they have is truly amazing. I only wish I could see more of that same passion in Christians.

  3. #3 by ryan on November 3, 2002 - 12:09 am

    It’s always nice to say, “The Mormons do it so well… Or, the J.W’s have more passion…” Wait a minute!!?? These are two groups who deny the saving power of Jesus Christ. They are a people bent on “making” their way into heaven. I don’t want to emulate them.

    The truth is that Christ had/has the best model. His salvation allowed us to live by grace, not by works. This thing that the Christian church is missing, and something I see sorely lacking in the Post-Modern movement, is obedience out of faith and love. If we truly believe the Gospel of Christ, what the Mormons and J.W.’s do should be a pittance to what we can do.

  4. #4 by Leighton on November 3, 2002 - 4:50 pm

    There was nothing in my blog entry that suggested we should be emulating mormons. Most mormon missionaries I meet are the products of some intensive training and strict rules. The person I met last week was the product of a deeper spirituality that I had only seen in some Christians. That is why I was stunned.

    I don’t admire Mormon tactics. I’m frightened because there is often little noticeable differece between Mormons and evangelical Christians.

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