The LDS church has recently published a new article about its own history with racism and how it affected its Priesthood. Many have pointed out while this is welcome information it leaves the church in a precarious place concerning its own authority claims. As this image I saw describes the problem: if Young’s personal racism could so radically define and mislead the church for so long, how can the church’s prophets be trusted? I don’t think this clarification on race will cause any Mormon to immediately question their faith or their trust in modern-day prophecy. But I don’t think it opens the door in regard to future issues. Without realizing it I think the LDS church has undermined its own authority.
That I think is clearly illustrated in this RadioWest discussion of the topic. John Dehlin, a secular Mormon, who has been a leader in many LGBTQ issues immediately uses the full force of the article to question the church’s stance on women’s ordination and same-sex marriage. Most Mormons will not do this as radically nor immediately as Dehlin, but over time I think this single article might be the cause for the erosion of the strong view many Mormons have of their leaders and the source of their inspiration.
I haven’t heard many faithful Mormons speak on this issue. What do you think, did Brigham Young lead the church astray? If you think the prophet can never lead the church astray on “issues concerning salvation” does that statement say anything meaningfully in light of the Universalists views of the LDS church?
You can hear the audio here