This short work by Dr. Mike Licona is a must-have resource for understanding Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, especially from the Christian perspective. Dr. Licona highlights some of the core theological and practical differences between Christianity and these two groups, and then he evaluates the bases for these differences with historical precision. He then offers practical advice on how to handle conversations with Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses if they come to your house to evangelize, which they often do.
While it is certainly important to understand why we put trust in our Christian convictions, it can be an interesting exercise to study belief systems that closely relate to Christianity, and are in some cases based largely on Christian teachings. Studying these religions not only helps us understand the core aspects of Christianity more deeply, but it also gives us a basis for discussion when we come into contact with the people who believe these teachings.
In this 52 page book, Dr. Licona gives us a great place to start seriously studying these two religions. Don’t be caught off guard when their members come knocking on your door!
“Remember that it is only your responsibility to plant the seed. It is the Holy Spirit who works the change (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). The purpose of your discussions… should be to reveal the truth with love, patience, and compassion.”