Coming from a restrictive culture, former Mormons must learn to use their newfound freedom responsibly, based on biblical principles.

Key Points:

  • Loss of Certainty.
  • A New World of Choices.
  • Essentials Versus Non-Essentials.
  • Legalism or License?
  • The Goal of Responsible Liberty.

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Talk About It
  1. What are some confusing choices you have faced as you transition out of Mormonism?
  2. What are the most helpful lessons you’ve learned so far about how to approach the loss of clearly prescribed choices?
  3. Is it helpful to you to divide issues into “essentials” and “non-essentials”? Explain.
  4. How would you define “legalism”? What are the dangers of legalism? Why do you think people embrace legalism?
  5. What is “license”? What are the dangers of license? Why do you think people embrace license?
  6. Read Galatians 5:1 and 13. What are Christians set free from? What are the boundaries of that freedom?
  7. Read Matthew 22:37-40. How did Jesus define the boundaries of responsible Christian living? How do these two principles encompass “the entire law”?
  8. How do the principles of loving God and loving our neighbor help us steer clear of the pitfalls of legalism and license?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Mentoring Former Mormons Training series.