The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for critical or doubting Mormons, charging him with apostasy for supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women and for questioning church teaching.
John P. Dehlin, host of the Mormon Stories website and podcast â€”a hub of discussion for thousands of disaffected Mormons â€” said his regional church leader had scheduled a disciplinary hearing on Jan. 25. Mr. Dehlin said he would be excommunicated if he refused to take down podcasts that are critical of the church and to disavow his support for womenâ€™s ordination and gay marriage....
Ah, Frank, the point is that was pointed out, these people don't think they are lost and want to stay in the Mormon Church, q.v., [URL=https://www.jashow.org/wiki/index.php/Roman_Catholics,_Mormons_and_Jehovah%E2%80%99s_Witnesses]]]Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses[/URL] and as such they no doubt feel as badly as a Christian being disciplined by his Church, though in this case, it is a blessing in disguise--especially if they become Christian.
Oh, even if I formatted the URL wrong making everything underlined in my last message it will still take you to the NY Times article on Scientology.
talking about cults, I just ran across an article about another one, [URL=http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/business/media/documentary-draws-ire-from-the-church-of-scientology.html]]]http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/business/media/documentary-draws-ire-from-the-church-of-scientology I suppose cults do have a right toolts do have a right to excommunicate according to whatever there strange principles may be. in fact the article on the Mormons that I put up points that out. In most cases it's a honor to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
Laurie Goodstein wrote: Each time Mr. Dehlin has been under investigation, he has submitted letters from hundreds of Mormons who testified that he persuaded them to remain in the church. Some ex-Mormons shun Mr. Dehlinâ€™s website for that very reason: They say it is geared too much toward persuading people to stay in the faith.
this is an excerpt from the article.
Of interest is that of a former Mormon and now Christian person on the happenings in the Mormon Church this year on excommunications. See [URL=http://blog.mrm.org/2014/06/mormon-church-kicks-the-beehive/]]] Mormon Church Kicks the Beehive [/URL]