It was with careful intent that we named our ministry Truth in Love. Those two words embody our whole philosophy and approach.
Acting in love
Everybody talks about love but with widely varying definitions. Therefore, it is only reasonable for us to explain what we mean by acting in love.
Love has various aspects. These are the elements we emphasize:
1) Treating people courteously and respectfully. LDS missionaries are guests in our homes and we want to treat them accordingly. This also involves respecting unique aspects of LDS culture such as addressing missionaries by their titles rather than their first names.
2) Listening carefully. We strive to correctly understand the missionaries. We don’t want to make assumptions, jump to conclusions, or put words into their mouths.
3) Sounding loving warnings. When people are in serious trouble but don’t know it, it is not loving to remain silent. The loving thing to do is to warn them – and to do it with a sense of urgency. We are convinced that Mormonism is leading people, not to heaven, but to the outer darkness of hell. We are compelled to warn the missionaries; not with an air of smugness, but with great concern for their eternal fate.
Speaking the truth
The truth we focus on sharing is the most important truth of all, the truth of God’s Word. We are not experts in LDS history or obscure LDS doctrine. We are students of the Bible dedicated to finding ways of expressing biblical truth in meaningful ways to our LDS friends.
To be even more precise, we especially focus on sharing these two foundational Bible truths:
- The extent, seriousness, and consequences of human sin;
- God’s incredible solution to sin in the life and death of Jesus, the world’s Savior.
The Bible contains many doctrines, all of which are important. When talking to people about their eternal destiny, however, all other doctrines pale in comparison to these two. Consequently, we consciously strive to maintain our focus on these twin truths and not become sidetracked talking about other scriptural truths.
Not only are the teachings about human sin and divine salvation the truths we focus on, they are also the power we rely on. It takes divine power to change hearts. God has infused his word with this power. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Not only does God’s Word cuts through the clutter and convicts people of their sinfulness, it is also the only thing powerful enough to cause them to trust in Jesus for their salvation. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). God’s Word, not arguments from human wisdom, is what the Holy Spirit uses to bring people to faith.
We take our cue from St. Paul who told the Corinthians: “And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power." (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
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