Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Foray into Mormon Territory

Tomorrow I leave with some friends from church for a 9 day trip to northern Utah.  We will be doing evangelism and assisting a new church.
I've been reading Wurmbrand's Marx and Satan lately.  In it he shows surprisingly compelling evidence that Karl Marx was a deeply devoted satanist who strongly believed in God -- and hated Him. Normally we think of Communists and Socialists as being pure materialists: believing that life is all atoms and molecules.  Doubtless that is true of many of Marx's followers, but definitely not of the man himself. 

We tend to think that to witness to an unbeliever we need to have all kinds of facts and scientific data.  There is, to be sure, a rational basis to our faith.  But the problem runs much deeper: there is always satanic interference at some level. As Paul says,

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  (2 Corinthians 4:1-4, NASB, emphasis added)
So if Satan has blinded their minds, how are we to respond?  Paul answers in the previous two verses:

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  (verses 1-2, NASB)
That is what we hope to do in Utah.  Although Mormonism is at the opposite end of the political spectrum from Communism, it is nonetheless also demonic.  Mormons need more than better information; they need eyes that see.  We feel compassion, not scorn, for those deceived by satan into following Joseph Smith.  Pray for us, and them.