A few hours ago I was excommunicated from the church for apostasy.
"What sins am I guilty of?"
"No, apostasy is your judgment. What sins have I committed that make up this apostasy?"
"Apostasy is the sin."
One truth has come home to me with laser clarity: there are two religions operating side by side in the LDS church today, both vying for dominance. The first is the religion founded through Joseph Smith, which emphasizes dependence on Christ. The other religion requires allegiance to Church leaders above all else. If your devotion to Jesus is stronger than your fealty to the Church hierarchy, you are a threat to their system.
It doesn't matter how forcefully you bear testimony of Christ and His gospel; the Brethren-ite religion has but one focus: replace the organic religion with the counterfeit one, all the while convincing followers nothing has changed.
In the video below, you can hear my wife and I give a report on the hearing and its immediate aftermath. To watch the Mormon Stories interview from the day prior to the disciplinary hearing, Click Here.
(You can find an even more in-dept interview Dr. Gina Colvin conducted with me by clicking on the links in the post that follows this one, Interview With The Apostate.)
Here are links to the blog posts referred to during the interview above:
My Testimony Of The Church
Not Quite The Same
Who You Callin' Apostate?
Go Ahead And Skip That Temple Wedding
Are We Paying Too Much Tithing?
When Tithing Settlement Goes Horribly Wrong
How To Calculate What You Owe In Tithing
Too Bad I Don't Like Beer
[The header illustration above featuring the Angry Stake President is used courtesy Jonathan Streeter and his groovy blog.]