If they were wearing name tags, they were probably official LDS missionaries. Even if not, Latter-day Saints are allowed to (and in fact, are encouraged to) proselytize informally and refer potential converts to official LDS missionaries. The LDS have a specific set of procedures and practices for seeking out, encouraging, vetting, and accepting new members, ...
This answer presupposes that the claims of Christianity are true. Since Christians believe this, and this site is meant to give a "Christian" view of things, that's the presupposition required to properly answer this. I realize that many people don't believe the claims of Christianity, but the Truth of the claims isn't what's being asked or what's relevant ...
The LDS Church has a manual called "Preach My Gospel" that serves as a guidebook for missionary work. It is mostly directed at full-time missionaries, although non-missionaries use it for study or reference as well. As of today, in the ninth chapter, titled "How Do I Find People to Teach?", under the section on "Finding through Your Own Efforts", it provides ...
Jesus told the disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and
you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and ...
It's because of The Great Commission given by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am
with you always, to the very end of the age.”
It's the ...
The Latter Day Saints allows investigators and seekers of truth to take the sacrament and to join church activities and quorums, for nearly full transparency.
You only become a member if you get interviewed by the Bishop/rank holder and get baptized.
They pray quietly the prayer of acceptance over you without your knowledge.
That's like if a Mormon ...
There's a lot of baggage that comes with belief, but it's simple to explain:
God exists and he is pure spirit
God made Angels which are pure spirit
Some Angels are good
Some Angels are bad
God made the world
God made people with a body and a spirit
Humanity's ability to comprehend this ends at "people with a body". Philosophers can come up with the rest ...
First of all, some people may evangelize in ways that would be considered "aggressive", but many others are not. In fact, the situation often determines the appropriate approach, so the same person could approach the same person in completely different ways, depending on the situation.
When my mother saw me as a child wandering close to the ...
Yes, He talked about it after His resurrection:
Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and
lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew
C.S. Lewis answered this question:
During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods' appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of ...
Of course the answer will depend on which Christian tradition the answerer comes from, but since you requested passages from Scripture on the matter, here are a few to consider:
Is Jesus your Lord?
if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved -Romans 10:9
Do you live for Jesus?
I admittedly did not attend seminary; but ...
The general advice I've heard in homilies (and in at least a few videos by prominent Catholics online) was reminded to me a few weeks back at a Bible study when I mentioned to the group about the pitfalls of arguing God, religion, morality, etc. on Facebook. The advice, in brief, is that our main purpose in ...
First, at the question : "do you really believe all of this ?" you can confidently answer "Yes". We can have faith in our faith, because it is utterly compatible with reason and science.
Regarding your question, I should decompose it in
1/ possibility of existence of such a thing as demonic possession
2/ necessity (or probability) of it happening
I would suggest the answer is found in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. There, Paul shared the gospel in various ways, such as popular culture (Acts 17:23, the unknown god) and local poetry (17:28).
Then later he gave his personal testimony to the Jews of how Christ saved him and gave him a new purpose in life (22:1ff). Later he was taken and put in a ...
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians
Paul, indeed said that we should follow his example, which is to follow the example of Christ. The ultimate goal in Christian life is to become like Christ. Therefore,
The Ideal Christian to be imitated is not only Paul, but all the
The Ideal Person ...
This practice is mentioned in the New Testament, specifically in 1 Corinthians 14:
23So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are ...
John Calvin starts by reminding us that Jesus commanded them to begin at Jerusalem (Acts 1:4,8), and says that it makes sense that they would stay there until "being brought into some other place by his hand":
But here may a question be asked, forasmuch as they were commanded to preach the gospel throughout the whole world, (Mark 16:16) why they stayed at ...
Around 180 CE, Irenaeus summarises the account in Acts 8, then writes:
Against Heresies III.12.8: This man was also sent into the regions of Ethiopia, to preach what he had himself believed...
The account in Against Heresies does not prove the existence of an earlier Ethiopian record, given that, while he was familiar with Acts of the Apostles, Irenaeus ...
Your friend may be confusing a "secret" prayer of acceptance (whatever that may be) with the Mormon practice of what had been their secret "baptism for the dead".
This practice came under scrutiny and criticism by other groups and LDS now says the dead have a choice whether to accept the baptism by proxy or not. Presumably if there were some sort of "...
From experience as one who has both been one of those two men on the street, and am currently serving as a Ward Clerk, and whose responsibility it is to keep the records of my local congregation (positions in the church are all lay positions - we don't get paid anything), I can confirm that your friend has some misconceptions (though I don't speak for the ...
Asuming that there is one objectively True form of Christianity, the mere existence of the wide array of beliefs, some exclusive and contradictory to others means that some forms of Christianity must be false. Simply logic tells us that two mutually exclusive things can't both be true.
Therefore, it follows that if some forms of Chrisianity must be false, ...
Intimacy is the key:
God is relational, and even within the Trinity, we know that God is “three persons” that are relational. In His creation, God fashioned man for relationships. If one had to identify the Bible or God Himself with one word, “love” would be the most likely candidate. The reason is that “love” speaks specifically to “relationships”. ...
This sort of teaching actually doesn't conflict with Calvinism. Ray Comfort's emphasis on the law and the penalty of sin as an evangelistic tool is not new to him; it has been employed by Calvinists for centuries. For example, Charles Spurgeon:
I say you have deprived the gospel of its ablest auxiliary when you have set aside the law. You have taken away ...
It is the Engel Scale. Originally it went from -8 "Awareness of supreme being, no knowledge of Gospel" to +5 "Stewardship" but now it is often shown as going from -10 to +10 (see eg Bill Hybel's Just Walk Across The Room).
A quick Google search will reveal multiple variations, see eg this YWAM variant:
Christians go to missions inspired and commanded by the book of Matthew. Precisely:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me
in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I ...
Some argue that "throughout the whole world" here is best interpreted as an
indication of the universal offer of the gospel to all nations, i.e. outside the confines of the Jewish community.
This is possible since the literal meaning of the word for "world" here is "the inhabited area," and often indicated simply the Roman Empire or the known world.1,2
Great question. As far as I know there is not a definitive list separating the two types of teachings. But perhaps a good reference point is those who first introduce non-members to the teachings of the Church: the missionaries.
LDS missionaries start by teaching people the plain and basic doctrine of the gospel. Every lesson is custom-tailored to each ...
What the Bible says
For starters, the Bible says in (Psalm 100: 1,2)
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
RC Doctrine and reaction
Doctrine will be addressed later on, I'll start with reaction to the piece since its release.
Whatever reservations or objections the ...
To answer your question: no. There is no secret adding to the church done by members of the LDS faith. The only way to become a member is to become baptized which takes a process of proving your interest and going through interviews, none of which could be done behind your back :)
The two members that talked with you were simply sharing their faith hoping ...