(Link): Infamous Mormon Anti-Gay Therapist Now Says He Wants to Date Other Men by D. Jackson
David Matheson is a well known Mormon and gay conversion therapist who confessed that he found a “new life-giving path” and now wants to date men. Matheson was a prominent member in the anti-gay movement and even authored the book “Becoming a Whole Man.”
In a 2010 interview with ABC’s Nightline, he suggested that gay men needed help with finding a new way of living.
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I regard Mormonism as being a cult, not a form of legitimate Christianity (Mormons don’t believe in the Jesus of the Gospels, for one thing), but I think there are some parallels between Mormons and Christians, such as the over-emphasis upon marriage.
When your church makes an idol out of marriage, as Mormons and Christians do, it drives people away. Because sometimes people stay single by choice, or due to factors beyond their control.
And if you’re single in a religion that over-values marriage, there is a tendency to be ignored, set aside. Churches care more about marriage than singlehood. Churches care more about meeting the needs of married couples than they do adult singles.
There is no incentive for a single adult to remain in a church or denomination that marginalizes them constantly, or that behaves as though singleness is a disease or a second-rate life station.
(Link): Who is leaving the LDS Church? by Jana Riess
We know, or can infer, some things about them from prior research. There is a correlation between certain life situations and leaving. This does not mean that being any one of these things will cause a person to leave, only that there is a relationship.
- Being single. There’s been some tantalizing research over the last two years about singles in the LDS Church.
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Do Mormons Worship The Family?, by J. Riess (This Is Applicable to Christians As Well)
What this Mormon author says about Mormon views on family can also apply to Christians. Christians most definitely make an idol out of Family.
(Link): Do Mormons Worship The Family?, by J. Riess
- …. But Mormons need to stop acting as if family is the only way to God. Being a parent isn’t the only way to learn the lessons that I’ve learned and value in my own development as a person. Family relationships are not the only important kinds of relationships.
- Many people have families that aren’t part of the church, or they don’t have families of their own.
- None of these people should be made to feel that Mormonism is not for them, that they are less a part of God’s family, or that the lessons in church on Sunday don’t speak to them.
- As a people, we need to be mindful of what we say to single people, divorced people, and those in difficult family situations. Talking about eternal families to those who have been touched by sexual abuse is problematic at best.
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