The inspiration for What’s Wrong With Mormons? grew out of the countless falsehoods and gross inaccuracies being perpetuated by the opponents of the Church. In the year 2007 (when the book was being written) we had a member of the Church running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. There was the broadcast of a lopsided, inaccurate documentary about Mormons on PBS. There was a weekly television program, about an obnoxious doctor with a supporting character who is a Mormon that perpetuated misinformation about the Church. On top of that, a group of evangelicals produced a video, distributed it on DVD, and claimed it was produced “out of love for our Lord Jesus Christ and love for our Mormon and Christian friends.” Yet the video contains a thoroughly dishonest portrayal of the Mormon faith, using smear tactics and religious bigotry to perpetuate the same tired half-truths and misinformation that have been used for over 175 years. As a result of all this, the Church has been brought to the forefront of the news. And, if I may speak frankly, it got very tiresome reading and hearing and seeing what other people—non-members—outside the Church were claiming our doctrines to be. How ridiculous! The only thing more ridiculous is giving credence to such individuals and their falsehoods and half-truths.
As I mentioned above, a member of the Church was running for the Republican nomination for president. There were endless articles about that candidate and nearly each one, in one way or another, brought up the issue of “Mormons as Christians.” This concern was most prevalent among evangelical Christians. One such article spoke about a recent survey that showed many of these evangelicals were drawn to this candidate’s values but repelled by his Mormon faith. Can you see the irony in that statement? Isn’t that like saying, “I like apple pie, but I am repulsed by apples”? How can one accept the teachings of Jesus Christ but reject the Savior?
Think about it. How many times have you read or heard how people really admire Mormons for their family values, yet their teachings are abhorrent. Mormons are held in high regard because of their work ethic, but the Prophet Joseph Smith was a scoundrel. Mormons are respected for their moral points of view on chastity, honesty, abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, yet their doctrines are of the devil. Mormons are appreciated for their humanitarian contributions and the goods and services provided in the wake of natural catastrophes around the world; nevertheless, they aren’t Christians. Where has there ever been a greater contradiction of thought?
In light of the above, this book was written as my attempt to answer the simple question: “What’s wrong with Mormons?”
B. Jay Gladwell is the author of WHAT’S WRONG WITH MORMONS? You can visit his website at www.whatswrongwithmormons.com.
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