When new LDS convert Darrick Evenson encountered anti-Mormon literature for the first time, it devastated him. He naively accepted it as true, and it led him out of the Church into the ranks of the "Ex-Mormons for Jesus." Darrick learned their "witnessing" approaches and techniques and began functioning with them in their fight against the Mormon Church. But as he became fWhen new LDS convert Darrick Evenson encountered anti-Mormon literature for the first time, it devastated him. He naively accepted it as true, and it led him out of the Church into the ranks of the "Ex-Mormons for Jesus." Darrick learned their "witnessing" approaches and techniques and began functioning with them in their fight against the Mormon Church. But as he became familiar with them and their message, he found himself increasingly uncomfortable in their midst. What they were saying and teaching just didn't match with the scriptures, not with what he personally knew of the Latter-day Saints. And though they professed to "love" the Mormons, he found the "Ex-Mormon" motivation to be just the opposite. Darrick began an extended period of research and assessment, trying to determine just where truth was to be found. As he encountered more and more instances of falsehood and deception in the "Ex-Mormon" teachings, his conscience began to work on him more and more. He finally renounced his affiliation with them and returned to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As he served a mission in California, he found his knowledge of the tactics and techniques of the anti-Mormon movement serving him in good stead. He was able to recognize and rebut many of the ploys of anti-Mormon adversaries. But Darrick is aware that the message and methods of anti-Mormon gainsayers have kept many truth-seekers from hearing and accepting the gospel of Jesus Chrsit. Seeing the need for Latter-day Saints to be able to recognize and refute the assertions of these adversaries of the truth, he has recorded his observations of their methodologies and written strong rebuttals to the things they teach. What is a "gainsayer?" To gainsay means "to oppose or deny, to speak or act against, to contradict, to dispute or declare false." Anti-Mormon organizations such as "Saints Alive" and "Ex-Mormons for Jesus" are modern gainsayers in the truest sense of the word. In this book, the author presents evidence which shows that the same techniques used by those who fought against Christ's Church in the Meredian of time (the "anti-Nazerines") are being used against the Mormons today. Satan's work follows the same patterns down through time. The author describes the techniques used in Satan's counter-mission, showing numerous ancient and modern parallels. He shows that Christ's Church in ancient time was considered a "cult" by the mainline churches of the day, just as major churches in today's panorama of Protestant organizations regard the Mormons as a "cult." And what is a "cult?" It's a word that really says, "You're different than we are." Then he focuses on key Mormon doctrines, showing that they were clearly taughts in ancient times by the Christian community. Key concepts such as the LDS belief that man can attain Godhood and that the temple service existed in Christ's day are carfully documented. That documentation stands as clear rebuttal to gainsayer assertions that those teachings are recent Mormon fabrications. In another highly significant chapter, the author describes many of the missionary strategies currently used by the anti-Mormon movement. He exposes numerous "witnessing techniques" so that Latter-day Saints will recognize them and not be deceived nor influenced by their usage. He focuses on the film "The God Makers," reviewing it as an example of extreme anti-Mormon propaganda. Recognizing that most Latter-day Saints will never see the film but that many of their non-LDS friends will be exposed to it, he summarizes the major scenes so that LDS members will be more aware of the blatant falsehoods and dstortions which are being used in an effort to harm the Church. A powerful chapter is devoted to a presentation of responses to many of the anti-Mormon distortions and misrepresentations currently being used. It is obvious that the author is well acquainted with the nature of yellow journalism used against the Ch...
|Title||:||The Gainsayers: A Converted Anti-Mormon Responds to Critics of the Lds Church|
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The Gainsayers: A Converted Anti-Mormon Responds to Critics of the Lds Church Reviews
I read this book as a convert who had been exposed to many of the lies debunked in this book. Blowing out other people's candle doesn't make yours burn brighter. The Antis seem to forget that in America when you have a better idea you describe what it is. Why pound other people by calling them evil devils. That's just plain stupid. And, it's revealing; hatred for a religion that cannot be justified tells me a lot about the people using such rhetoric. Empty souls. I've always respected people of other religions and attended many of their services. I do not believe that people go to hell, or that God would hate anyone, for a sincere belief in Him. It does, in my opinion, probably grieve God to no end seeing such bigotry and hate expressed by people pretending to speak for Him. Even if you never plan on embracing any religion, you should read The Gainsayers just to understand the negativity some people harbor and how to avoid them.
There were a lot of questions answered by this book, and a lot that I hadn't known to ask, but I've encountered after reading it. It was nice to know the answers! The title may seem a bit off, but it is his term for those who fought against the Lord's Church in ancient times (they gainsaid the truth--its a KJV word). He outlines how Jesus and John the Baptist were resisted, vilified, and treated as a cult for going against orthodoxy, the Jews believed there would be no new prophets, revelation, scripture, new priesthood authority wasn't necessary, etc. And, of course, he draws the modern-day parallel to the restored Church, and shows that the opposition we encounter is better interpreted as an evidence that the Church is worth looking at, rather than evidence of its falseness. I especially appreciated the chapter where he went through the claims of The Godmakers film, and another where he details the common tactics used by antimormons.