While I do not plan on regularly blogging on this radio show, a recent episode was particularly relevant to my interests and ministry. On the first hour of the March 22, 2006 show, Todd Friel and Ray Comfort witness to a couple of inactive Mormons.
I have a couple of quick thoughts about their encounters. First, I welcome their striving to challenge these Mormons with the gospel. If only more evangelicals were so eager! However, I still finished listening and wondering: how effective were they? Don't get me wrong, they made some good points. I also know that the Holy Spirit can work through any presentation of the good news of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, they didn't seem to properly contextualize their message to Mormons, nor did they provide the necessary differentiation between their message and LDS beliefs.
I could easily see these Mormons "responding" to what they had heard and yet returning to the LDS church. In a matter of fact, I think Friel and Comfort may have realized this as well when Comfort said, "Hey Todd. I was just going to say to Chris and Eric that our aim isn't to drive them back to the Mormon church. God forbid." I'm glad for this thought, but also believe that a properly contextualized gospel would automatically show them that they cannot stay in Mormonism as true disciples of Christ.
I just don't believe that a canned, one-size-fits-all approach to witnessing is the right way to witness, even if it is rooted in the biblical law/gospel contrast. We need to understand what the one we are witnessing to believes and then relay the gospel message to them in an understandable and relevant way.