“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 ESV
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 ESV
A pro-Mormon network of Christians that declare freedom in Christ to those in religious bondage, that will transform their lives by enlightening them to God’s way of experiencing purpose. –Concerned Christians’ new Mission Statement
Like efficient businesses, most effective ministries have a mission statement anchored in principles. For Concerned Christians, those guiding principles will be Galatians 5:1 and Romans 12:2 as the theme scriptures driving our ministry. Our overall purpose is still to bring the Biblical Jesus to the Latter-day Saints. So how is our mission taken from these relevant scriptures?
The strategy behind our new mission has three parts, to: Declare Freedom, Transform Lives, and Experience Purpose.
What’s “Pro-Mormon” mean?
Being a “pro-Mormon” ministry essentially means that our motive is purely for the benefit of the Mormon people. However, this does not mean we are positively in favor of the Mormon religion. Unfortunately, too often groups like ours are labeled as a term you are probably more familiar with, “Anti-Mormon.” Which has a not so subtle implication that our motive is against the benefit of the person who practices the religion rather than just the religion itself. So we clarify that the message of freedom in Christ we share is actually a “pro” Mormon initiative that has their best and eternal interests in mind.
Since it is true that Christ set us free from slavery to religion and that we should stop conforming to the pattern of this world then we must share this good news to that world! Most of what Concerned Christians has been known for and will continue to be known for is our unashamed declaration of freedom to those that will listen. Not freedom from a government, but freedom from the institution of religious slavery that our enemy wants the whole world to be bound to. Our particular outpost in the Kingdom of God is to declare freedom those enslaved by Mormonism and to equip other Christians in churches to do the same.
Accepting that freedom in Christ is going to have implications in anyone’s life. This isn’t just a matter of changing church membership but still staying in the same place Jesus found you in. Part of our ministry will continue to provide a safe haven for ex-Mormons to renew their minds with the Bible and be transformed in the process alongside other believers that may or may not have a LDS background.
This may be the aspect of our mission that takes on new dimensions here at Concerned Christians. In one way, we will continue to find ways to partner with area churches to plug in new converts from Mormonism and help them start using their gifts for the larger Kingdom of God. We will also start providing more opportunities to experience community here at the Concerned Christians property with potlucks, occasional worship gatherings, and regular outreach events. Through these events and outreaches, we hope to provide a spiritual family for those who have been ostracized by their biological families after leaving the LDS community. We want whoever is involved in our ministry to not guess if they are living with purpose, but to be experiencing it on a regular basis.
How can you help?
As we go forward, there will be even more ways to help. Along with financially supporting the organization, the next newsletter will explain how to financially support myself, Andrew Gibbons, as I take on this new role as a missionary to Mormons. If you are in the area and would like to be a part of this grand mission, please contact us your weekly/monthly availability.