Evangelical blog touts 5 ways to counter Mormonism online

Salt Lake Tribune/May 22, 2014

By Peggy Fletcher Stack

Mormons are mobilizing online. They’re blogging. They’re posting profiles. They’re tweeting apostles’ quotes. They’re shooting videos (a recent Easter ad amassed more than 5 million Web views). In short, they’re proselytizing — and doing so more and more by sitting at a computer rather than knocking on doors.

And some evangelical Christians are worried, so much so that an online ministry is fighting back.

Peter Guirguis, who founded the Not Ashamed of the Gospel blog, recently spelled out five tips for countering the LDS "social media agenda with love."

First, Guirguis asked Christians to pray for Mormons and other lost souls. He also urged readers to "share Jesus" through Twitter and Facebook and to take part in an online evangelism campaign slated for June 8.

Finally, he advised learning about Latter-day Saints — linking to a lecture about Mormonism on Pastor Charlie Campbell’s Always Be Ready website — and witnessing to them.

"If a Mormon becomes a Christian as a result of you witnessing to them," Guirguis writes, "then you’ve won someone to Christ and that’s also one less person engaged in Mormon evangelism."

The blog emphasizes that "Mormons aren’t the enemy here. In fact, they are probably among some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet." But, Guirguis writes, they are "spreading a fake gospel to vulnerable people all over the world."

The blog states it is part of the TechServants for the Savior ministry, which is affiliated with the Calvary Chapel South Bay in Gardena, Calif.

For their part, Mormons already consider themselves Christian, often pointing to the official name of their faith: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their theology, however, does differ from historic Christianity on key points — including the nature of God and his relationship to Jesus, revelation and scripture.

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