Should Christians invite Mormons in their homes?

Should Christians invite Mormons in their homes?


PHIL: Hi, John, my name is Phil Holland and
I’ve been with you for 31 years and still… JOHN: Thank you for your ministry. PHIL: And I just have one quick question that
I’ve…it’s been on my mind for quite some time. Both my wife and I live in Burbank, we have
a lot of people from the Watchtower Society come to our door. JOHN: Right. PHIL: And I have such a great compassion for
these people that I actually invite them in so we can talk and I can get a chance to share
the gospel. And my question was, out of, of course, John’s
second epistle in verse 10, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do
not receive him into your house and do not give him a greeting,” and then John goes
on and on. How would you respond to that? And…. JOHN: Well we have to respond…good question,
Phil,….we have to respond to that in its context, okay? In the period of the New Testament and after
and before, there were itinerant teachers. Basically people travel around and taught
and preached. They were dependent upon the care and the
reception of people in the towns and villages where they went to receive them into their
homes to give them lodging, to give them food. That’s the context here. What John is saying is, when an itinerant
teacher comes to your town who is not faithful to the gospel, do not provide for him a home,
a place of reception. That’s the context here. It does not mean that you should not have
a conversation with somebody with the objective of communicating the gospel to them. In fact, Jude tells us that we need to snatch
people like brans from the burning without getting our own garments burned or we need
to reach down for people who are corrupted without staining our own garments. So, you remember perhaps the best illustration
of this, of course, on the positive side would be Jesus sending out the 70 in the New Testament
and saying, “Wherever you go where people receive you into their home, you know, give
peace to that home. Where they spurn you, you know, shake the
dust off your feet and go somewhere else,” that’s a picture of the itinerant preacher
moving around the countryside going from village to village, that’s how they plied their
trade. It still goes on to some degree in parts of
the world today. But it would be the idea of a welcoming reception. If in the Jewish kind of social world, having
a meal with someone was tantamount with acceptance of that someone. That is exactly the way they viewed that because
that’s why the leaders of Israel condemned Jesus, they said He eats with sinner. And the Pharisees, you remember, wouldn’t
eat with anybody but a Pharisee. So the idea of opening your home, receiving
somebody in, having a meal, giving them hospitality, caring for them, meeting their needs which
is aiding and abetting their enterprises is exactly what it’s talking about there, I
don’t think that it is specifically referring to the fact that we should not have a conversation
with these people geared to communicating the truth to them. I think we should. Now having said that, you have to be very,
very careful that if you’re going to engage yourself with a Jehovah’s Witness, or with
a Mormon, or with any other person that comes along denying the truth, that you take the
position of the offensive. It’s very easy for them to twist and manipulate
a new believer who can get tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine. So someone as mature as yourself, I would
say they have no idea what they just stepped in to, and that’s a good thing. So keep it up, Phil.

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