How to Answer Protestants Forum: Latter Day Saints
Latter Day Saints QUESTION from Howie on April 19, 2002 Advise on best literature for responding to Mormons; and or any of your suggestions.
ANSWER by Mr. Troy Martz on July 4, 2002 Dear Howie:
Thank you for your question. I have not had much experience directly debating with Mormons. Most of my apologetics efforts have been directed at defending the Church from non-Catholic Christians. I have not worked much with the non-Christian cults such as the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses.
I don't say non-Christian to insult or degrade them. I am only stating the fact since many Mormon leaders try to portray their cult as Christian in an attempt to soften their public image and open Christians up to their appeals. The truth is that a faithful Mormon cannot say:
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
This portion of the Nicene Creed -- accepted by all Christians -- expresses the truth about Jesus that the Mormons deny: that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are One in Nature but distinct Persons. Mormons deny the Trinity and Jesus' oneness with the Father. For a simple start in learning about the Mormons, see the booklet by Fr. Frank Chacon and Mr. Jim Burnham Beginning Apologetics II: How to Answer Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons with can be ordered directly from San Juan Catholic Seminars at www.catholicapologetics.com/. This booklet (less than 50 pages) will provide a foundation and includes references for further study.
Remember, just because they claim to have another Gospel of Jesus Christ doesn't make them Christian. If Jesus did go elsewhere and preach another Gospel (as Mormons believe), then He lied to the Apostles when He told them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth (John 14:26).
The Peace of Christ (true God from true God) be with you. Pax Christi,
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