As I was thinking about some helpful evangelism tips to share with you, an incident with two Mormons came to mind.
Here is what happened.
Encounter with Two Mormons
Two Mormons came to our front door one afternoon. Instead of shying away hiding under a table panicking, I opened the door to talk with them.
We shook hands and exchanged names. Then the two fellows introduced themselves as Elders from the Mormon church. One of the Mormons quickly pulled out a booklet. It was like a ninja sword (it was that fast). He then began talking about their Mormon beliefs based on the booklet.
What stood out to me at the outset was the fact that he didn’t ask if I was interested or had time to speak–He just started talking.
The man kept talking. Then he talked some more. And some more.
After a while, I politely interrupted and said, “Can I ask you a question?” He said, “Yes.” So I asked him, “What do you think about Isaiah 43:10 where it says, ‘Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me.'”
I often ask Mormons this question believe they will become gods one day. However, this passage teaches that there is only One God and that there will always only be one God. This verse is a huge problem for Mormons because it contradicts their core beliefs. It creates a dilemma between their teaching and the teaching of the Bible.
The man brushed off my question and said he would get back to me. He then continued with his script with no visible intend to answer me. He was like an old school cassette tape where you click play and it picks up where it left off.
So, I respectfully interrupted him again and said that I had an important question for him. He said, “Go ahead.” So I referred to the same question. Ignoring my question, he said that he had to tell me something else, and he continued his script again.
This dance continued for a while until I didn’t let him get away without answering the question. The fellows couldn’t answer the question and after a while, they suddenly got busy and had to leave.
Important Reminder About Genuine Interest
The incident with these Mormons reminded me of a well-known saying:
“People don’t care how much you know until they know you care for them.”
They cared more about their agenda and script than me as a person. It was obvious.
We shouldn’t be like that with anyone.
Show Genuine Care
When you talk with someone about the gospel, make sure to show genuinely interest and care for them.
Here are a couple of things that might help you show love and care for others:
- Learn the person’s name and use it throughout your conversation.
- Get to know the person by asking personal questions if you have time.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Pay close attention to what the person is saying.
- Ask good open-ended questions and patiently wait for their answer.
We should care for all people as individuals. We must not see them as objects, checkboxes to be checked, or projects to be accomplished but lost sinners created in the image of God in desperate need of a Savior.