About 5 minutes into the message at Lincoln Park on Sunday, 3 young men in dark pants and white button down oxfords walked down the aisle and slid into a pew about 1/3 of the way back. My immediate thought--"hmmm. got a couple Mormon missionaries here this morning."
Not thinking much more of it I went on teaching from Matthew 25. After our worship gathering I noticed that these three young men were at a table talking to a regular attender and Moody student. Confident that these 3 missionaries weren't actively confusing people or trying to recruit the confused, I headed over to Lakeview for our 10:45am gathering.
On Monday morning I bumped into the young man from Lincoln Park who talked to the three "undercover missionaries".
"I'll bet you had some interesting conversation yesterday morning, huh?"
"What do you mean?"
"The guys you were talking to at the table after yesterday's worship gathering."
"Oh, yeah. They were interesting guys. I mentioned that it was funny they were wearing the same shirts and pants. They said something about wanting to let people know that they were together or something like that."
"Um, bro, I think those were Mormon missionaries. That's why they were dressed like that."
"OOOOHHHHH. MANNNN. I didn't even think of that! That makes sense."
I just about hit the floor I was laughing so hard. Love it that he mentioned the matching shirts.
Here's the thing--Mormon missionaries can visit our church all they want--as long as they stay quiet and don't try recruit people. Maybe they'll trust in the real Jesus instead of the Mormon jesus. But if they try to recruit, its time to ush them to the door and out. We're going Jackie Chan if you try to deceive people about the gospel right in our worship gathering.