Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Adventures of Mormon Missionaries


Christian Guy Totally Owns Mormons - Watch more Funny Videos

When I selected the html code from this video, it automatically brought over the phrases at the bottom, including "Watch more Funny Videos." I was going to remove it, but it speaks to where a heart should not be.

Sitting in my hotel room this morning I came across this clip of a man confronted by two young Mormon missionaries. In the end, it was rather a man confronting two Mormon missionaries. These Mormon kids end up like deer caught in the headlights by the end of the clip. Sure, it's easy to chuckle at them squirming. But as you watch the clip, notice... that's all that happens.

Perhaps these young men were challenged to rethink their Mormonism. Perhaps.

If you're going to rip someones beliefs down, I don't think that is enough. That's just... riping someones beliefs down. Wouldn't a less harsh approach against these particular Mormons been more appropriate? Wouldn't at least an attempt to present the Gospel have been a requirement of interaction? Lest anyone thinks I'm pointing fingers, the first finger pointed was directly at myself.

9 comments:

Brigitte said...

We have some very good Mormon friends; "archmormons" I like to say--very high in their ward or stake. They have not actually read the Bible.

When you want to discuss a passage, they come with a list of "cross-references" which make no sense.

RPV said...

It was the comments afterwards that smacked of pride. But otherwise, as far as my experience with the Mormon missionaries locally, they got put in their place as they should have been. Most of them know nothing of the Scripture and merely invite people to the Mormon movie they show. If anything they can only quote the Bk of Mormon when challenged about anything. But if 'we'all believe the Bible" how come we can't talk about it? That was a solid hit. And from there it was downhill for our two young gentlemen.

Ken said...

Wouldn't a less harsh approach against these particular Mormons been more appropriate? Wouldn't a least an attempt to present the Gospel have been a requirement of interaction? Lest anyone thinks I'm pointing fingers, the first finger pointed was directly at myself.

James,
I agree with you, the brother forgot the last part of 1 Peter 3:15, "with gentleness and respect". And I have done that before also, in the heat of the moment; and that is not good.

and PRV is right about the pride at the end.

It was not glorifying to God, even though he was right that the Bible is true and Joseph Smith was a false prophet.

We can be right; but if the way we deal with people is not done right, we loose and God is not glorified.

Cameron said...

I had similar feelings when I first watched this, which was quite some time ago. What I immediately noticed at the end of the clip was how much more patient the Mormons were than the black guy (yes I'll say "black" since blacks call other black people "black" - get over it). They patiently let him act like an idiot, and that's probably all they remember about him.

I've been listening to Ernest Riesinger lately, a wonderful Reformed man with a huge heart for the gospel (and his book 'The law and the Gospel' changed my life), and he said "so many Calvinist Christians have a foundation to their house but then they have no doors or windows, while others try to have all the doors and windows but have no foundation". I really love that man.

Truth Unites... and Divides said...

Seems like this post and the comment thread is about condemnation. Condemning both the Mormon missionaries and the black fellow who engaged in counter-apologetics with the Mormon missionaries.

To some limited degree I understand James Swan's condemnation of the Christian's attitude in his rebuttal to the Mormon missionary.

James Swan said...

To some limited degree I understand James Swan's condemnation of the Christian's attitude in his rebuttal to the Mormon missionary.

I'm all for proclaiming the gospel and knowing full well it is an offense to sinners.

Rather, I'm against offensive people. sometimes the dividing line can be hard to determine. With this video clip, I don't think it is.

Adriana said...

I once had a regularly visiting Jehova's Witness who laughed with every sentence he made much like this guy.

It was highly annoying and profited none of us.

Adriana said...

Rats. I'm using my wife's account and not mine. -Mike

Jason Landless said...

It is refreshing to have such humility and willingness to self-examine oneself displayed by Mr Swan and I agree with his assessment. I too am guilty of such things at times.

One of the things Reformed folk are sometimes often accused of is an unswerving devotion to doctrine but a failure to exemplify and demonstrate "gentleness and respect" and a love for those with whom we speak. If we do not proclaim the gospel from a motive of love, and instead promote it from a desire to triumph intellectually over others, what is the point? Ungodly methods lead to ungodly results, sometimes even with the purest of doctrine.