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A conversation with Richard Pratt

photo: Jim Southard

photo: Jim Southard

BENYOLA: Now I’d like to ask a few questions about Third Mill, not only Gospel Through Colombia, but what you’re doing as a ministry. According to the Institute for Religious Research out of Cedar Springs, Michigan, non-Christian cult systems such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism are spreading faster with their missionaries and their materials in Latin America than Evangelicalism. We can’t keep up fast enough to produce counter-materials. Have you found this, and if so, in what ways have you found this to be a specific challenge for Third Mill?

PRATT: The reason why cults spread so rapidly not just in Latin America but other parts of the world, especially in developing cultures, is that their advocates are much more enthusiastic than ours. This is not rocket science. They are sold out. When you’re driving around in the United States and you see two guys on bicycles with white shirts on, you know who they are. They’re Mormons. They’re not the local Baptist church, they’re not the local Presbyterian or Methodist churches. They are Mormons.

Well, the same is true in other parts of the world, too. Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the members of other cults are extremely devoted. Knocking on doors, meeting with groups, going to churches, whatever it may be, they will do it. They go through training and they will devote themselves to mission. The important question is this: Why is it that First Baptist Church or First Presbyterian Church or First Methodist Church are not doing that?

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