DOMO: It is your personal duty to convince everyone else they are wrong = It is your personal duty to convince everyone else they are wrong
ME: Well, this is nowhere in the Bible, so you can check it off the list. Again, it's a people problem. Not a Bible problem. Or an evangelical problem . Or a Christian problem.
To be honest, though, it's such a bad people problem in the apologetics/discernment/counter-cult "ministry" arena that I am NO LONGER in the apologetics/discernment/counter-cult "ministry" arena. I found, much to my anguish, that there is far less "ministry" going on than there is just straight-up nasty attacking, mean-spirited jabs, and yes, as has been mentioned here -- mocking. That's not what Christianity is about. That's not what Jesus is about. That's not what the Bible is about. Sooo, I have moved on. My most recent release is actually a novel about racism and domestic terrorism. And my next book to come out is about the history/origins of Easter traditions including the Easter bunny, Easter eggs, sunrise services, and Easter baskets, among other things. (It's kind of like a fun devotionnal for the Easter season).
As far back as the release of One Nation Under Gods
several years ago, I tried to tell people I was NOT, and still am not, anti-Mormon. I am an evangelical Christian who, by that definition, disagrees with Mormon beliefs. Now, as someone who disagrees, I have the right as an American to voice those disagreements and explain why I have them. My disagreements with Mormonism are two-fold: historical and theological. Therefore, I produced two books on Mormonism: 1) historical, One Nation Under Gods; and 2) theological Inside Today's Mormonism (originally titled Becoming Gods, which too be honest, was a title a bit too close to the infamous Ed Decker's The God-Makers).
I tried very hard to be as tactful, gentle, and kind as possible in the latter book, which by the way, includes an appendix by Dan Peterson titled "Why I Am A Mormon." I wanted a well-respected Mormon to be able to share from their heart why they, despite what evangelicals say, continue to hold to their LDS faith. I can't imagine a true anti-Mormon allowing in a book of their's to have someone like Dan Peterson to say whatever they wanted to say unedited. My philosophy on talking to not only Mormons, but everyone, can be found in the essay I wrote in 2005 for The Southern Baptist Theological Journal
. I uploaded a copy of this to my own website that you can read at your leisure.
Have I always dealt with Mormons perfectly? NO! No more perfectly than I have dealt with my wife -- and trust me, I have regularly blown it big time on that front. But I have tried to express my faith and views in a way that would please the God I claim to serve. And now, with specific regard to Mormonism, I am through with it. I have said what i felt I needed to say and haev moved on to other projects. I hope to write all kinds of other books -- none of them having anything to do with Mormons.
Oh, and as for you being somewhat offended by my presence here -- if the moderators would like me to leave -- I will do so. Just let me know.