The policy was wrong. They were wrong.
There is no defense. No apologetics can justify. Until we as a people can accept the full implications of fallible leaders, there is no moving forward together as a church.
They were wrong. Period. Full stop.
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Of course, that is an opinion asserted as a fact.
Exactly, Glenn. The 2015 policy was opinion asserted as fact.
“Shut up!”, he explained.
“It was a yell rather than a thought.” C.S. Lewis, _A Grief Observed_
Glenn and Nat,
Would you care to explain your reasoning on the policy and its reversal? Was it divine will and now it isn’t? Was is it a mistake then or a mistake now? Was god testing us, then or now or both? If the reasoning behind the initial policy was concern for the children, which is what Elder Christofferson said in his official press interview, where are we now with that argument? Do tell. We are all decently good at following logical arguments around here so lay it out for us.
Let me try this another way. Nothing short of “I’m sorry” will begin to heal the wounds from the 2015 policy.
Always a smallaxe to grind.
I imagine you were (or would have been) moaning at the 1978 correction as well, instead of celebrating with the rest of us.
Mixed feelings are certainly possible. I celebrate this one step forward; and grieve that it came after we took two steps back in 2015.
BTW, if you were an ardent supporter of the Church’s pre-1978 position you don’t deserve to celebrate the 1978 correction without a broken heart and contrite spirit.
People keep calling it a “policy”. I humbly differ. It seems to me that a policy of a church would be those changes in the earthly organization designed to meet current needs. They are a policy because they have little or no bearing on one’s salvation. Current examples of policy would be the 2-hour meeting, forsaking the moniker “Mormon”, and aligning the CES study with the family study.
A doctrine of the Church is something that directly affects one’s salvation, either enabling it or restricting it. This why I believe, and believed in 2015, that adding restrictions that would deny a group of individuals the opportunity of baptism was much more than a policy. The same goes with reversing it.
We claim our leaders are not infallible, but we are very reluctant to point out specific instances. This is one. We ought to get some mileage out of this and use it as a reason to embrace a more realistic view of revelation and human fallibility.
Small ax is wrong.
He has no defense. No apologetics can justify. Until we as a people can accept the full implications of mutinous bloggers, there is no moving forward together as a church.
Small a is wrong. Period. Full stop.
I own up when I’m wrong. My church taught me to do so. Our leaders should do the same.
2015 was a revelation. We were told so. This, and recent backpedaling, says much about revelation and more about revelators. And our acceptance, about us.
I was in a leadership meeting when the reversal was discussed. One senior leader said “It is just another testimony that God loves all His Children”. No one balked. I am ashamed for not having said “Wait. What?! Does that mean He did not love all His children from 2015 until now?”
I’m okay with it being implemented and then reversed. Times change and people change. A few things happened between 2015 and 2018 and its a new day. Let’s celebrate and not look back.