Mormon No More – with James K. Walker
How a former 4th generation Mormon became an asset for God’s kingdom.James Walker’s journey out of Mormonism to a biblical faith in Christ led through a “no-man’s land” where untangling truth from a lifetime of Mormon teaching wasn’t easy.
Then he found Watchman Fellowship.
The path God had placed Walker on was the road to ministry and today, as president of Watchman Fellowship, he leads an organization that is “bringing real hope to real people through Christ.”
Walker joins Dr. Robert Stewart at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, May 19-23, for a week-long workshop, Cult Theology. Walker will teach on Mormonism.
Walker shared his story during his presentation at the 2013 Capstone Convention in Salt Lake City that is captured in a free video available at www.watchman.org. [See “Why would Mormons leave the church?”] In that presentation, Walker looked at research examining disbelief among Mormons. To view the video, click here.
Raised as a fourth-generation Mormon, Walker’s good standing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had earned him a temple recommend—permission to enter the Salt Lake City Temple and do Temple Work, such as baptism for the dead. As a faithful Mormon, Walker’s life was invested in Mormon culture, doctrine, and practice.
He began to question his Mormon beliefs and was led to faith in Christ because of “friends who cared enough to build a bridge to the Gospel,” Walker said.
“For the very first time in my life I had an assurance that my sins had been forgiven,” Walker told the Capstone audience. “I never had that as a Mormon.”
Working through his beliefs after coming to faith in Christ was hampered as Walker found himself wondering whether a point of doctrine was biblical or whether he was remembering something out of the Book of Mormon.
When Walker went to a Christian bookstore to find resources on Mormonism, the clerk made note of the armload of books he brought to the register. Walker said he was a little embarrassed to admit he had once been a Mormon, but told her he wanted to study. The clerk insisted he needed Watchman Fellowship and picked up the phone right then and put him through to David Henke, Watchman Fellowship’s founder, in Columbus, Ga. Henke and his staff were well-versed in Mormonism.
“They understood at Watchman,” Walker said. “They knew the lingo.”
Watchman Fellowship serves both the Christian and the secular community as a resource for education, counseling, and non-coercive intervention and evangelism training though church presentations, personal counseling, the website and other activities.
When Walker enrolled at Criswell College, Dallas, Tx, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M. A. in theology, he learned that students were required to serve in an active ministry. Walker asked if he could start a ministry like Watchman Fellowship as his friend and mentor David Henke had established in Georgia.
The “class project” took off and within a short period of time, Walker was renting office space for his new full-time position with Watchman Fellowship. Walker has been with Watchman Fellowship since 1984 and became president in 1994.
“I’m not only the president,” Walker quips. “I’m also a client.”
A writer and a speaker, Walker has more twenty years experience of ministry experience in the field of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics, and discernment and has made appearances as an expert on network television programs including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout the United States and internationally, and serves as an adjunct professor on the faculties of The Criswell College and Arlington Bible College. He, with the Watchman Fellowship staff, authored The Concise Guide to Today’s Religions and Spirituality.
Walker called himself “one of the first people Watchman Fellowship helped.” It’s an investment for God’s Kingdom that has certainly paid off well.
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