When many of our teens graduate from high school, they grab their books and a beer and go off to the college dorm (A. They've hammered out their theology on our doorsteps.
Their souls and minds have been steeled and sealed into Mormon orthodoxy through their fanatical commitment to the accomplishment of their version of the Great Commission.
Can you imagine a youth group that challenged every teen in the youth ministry to meet at 6am every day of the school year for a class on Christianity?
That's exactly what Mormons do with their high schoolers and their belief system! Let's learn from the Mormons and turn our kids into missionaries.
There's a great line in the movie Braveheart where Robert the Bruce is commenting on William Wallace to his father. I want to believe like he believes."When I look at the Mormons I think to myself, "They believe.
I want to believe like they believe." Now don't get me wrong. Mormon theology is far from what the Bible says about Jesus, God, sin and salvation. Having said that, Mormonism pushes their kids harder and takes them deeper and farther than even the most ardent of evangelical youth ministries would ever dare.
We may even think about how much more superior our youth ministry strategies are compared to theirs. We don't.-Mormons require their teens to attend seminary every day of high school.
We don't.-Mormons ask for two years in the field of every graduating senior. Maybe that's why we don't meet a lot of ex-Mormons, while there are hundreds of thousands of former church attendees in the true church of Jesus Christ (of everyday saints) who flee the church after graduating from high school.
Maybe that's why Mormons give more, work harder and are exploding as a religion. When Mormon teens graduate from high school they grab a backpack and a bike pump and go off on a mission.
In 1985 there were 4.5 million Mormons and now there are over 12 million. They know what they believe and why they believe it.
These sins range from drinking alcohol, coffee or tea, or smoking cigarettes, to 'major' sins such as adultery, murder, etc." Johnston said.
The punishment, Johnston said, is that you don't get to reach the third heaven, where God dwells."There is no hell (in the Mormon religion)," she said.
We get excited if once a year at am, while Mormon teens are coming back from their daily seminary lesson on Mormonism, our teens gather around a pole and pray. We need to build consistent opportunities for service, outreach and training. Armed with the power of the true gospel our teens could mount a comeback and help us win this thing.