I saw this post by a disaffected Mormon elsewhere. I’m wondering if I can get your thoughts and comments on it. Was this EQ speaker out of line or was he dead on?
Yesterday in EQ, the lesson given was on false gods. The guy teaching is a regular EQ instructor, but I know he has some issues. Specifically, his opinion is the church isn’t Christ focused enough. True enough. Still, I believe this guy believes in the restoration and certainly seems devout in other ways.
Anyway, the first 2/3 of the lesson was just fairly average, but then it really got interesting. He started saying how the church organization itself can be a false god. He then said that church leaders can be false gods and went on to say that he had some sort of controversial experience when he was attending one of the church schools and it went so far that the church leadership intervened. He went on to say that a current apostle got involved and flat out lied to him. He used those words: “A current apostle lied to me.” I turned off my Palm Pilot at this point.
He said that it was unimportant if the quorum believed that the apostle lied, it was only important that he knew the apostle lied. He then said there is too much attention paid to the leaders of the church and how they are only men and we should spend our time thinking about Christ.
But he still wasn’t finished.
He then opened the hymn book and commented about how many hymns therein have nothing to do with Christ or the atonement. He said that Praise to the Man was a particularly egregious example of putting a man before God. He then gave a few examples of other people (not mormon) who claim to have seen God. He then substituted the names of these people into Praise to the Man and said he had no doubt that the church membership would have a problem with singing the song that way. But he pointed out that it should horrify us to sing it the way it is now. He then suggested the lyrics be changed to “Praise be to God who communes with man …”
The whole time this was going on, I was waiting for someone, anyone to contradict or challenge him, but it never happened. The missionaries didn’t even make a peep. Our EQP is super devout. He’s one of those people who is always talking about how these are the last days and so on. He always has some obscure statement from a past prophet to back up his wacky ideas. So I was sure he would say something. But even he kept quiet. Finally the lesson was over, and the EQP got up to close. I was sure he would say something to at least soften what the teacher said.
But it was like a cherry on top of an apostasy sundae.
He encouraged us to be more Christ centered in our teachings at home and at church and then went on to say that he too had an experience where a GA lied to him.
It was the best EQ lesson ever!