In a crushing blow to the LDS cause and my ever-frail ego, ConcernedChristians.com has issued a new rule that only applies to LDS posters (and presumably to pro-LDS cronies and Mo’ wannabes): links to JeffLindsay.com, FARMS, and FAIRLDS will no longer be allowed on their religious discussion boards about Mormons. And it’s my own fault, darn it, for foolishly admitting that I have not been divinely authorized as an official spokesman for God and His Church. If only I had been a little less humble!
The rule has been posted in their Announcements section as “A New Rule for Mormons” and was also posted in a forum for discussing the inferiority of Mormonism.
Here is the declaration from one of their Mormon forums:
After discussion between the Discussion Board administrators, the following rule is now posted in the Announcements Forum:
Although Jeff Lindsay, FAIR and FARMS are considered reliable sources for LDS apologetics to many, most or all Mormons, they all have disclaimers that they don’t have the proper authority to officially speak on behalf of the LDS church. Subsequently, they are merely giving their opinions.
On this, the Concerned Christians Discussion Board, we’re only interested in discussing Mormonism based on what official LDS authorities (General Authorities), past or present, have had to say regarding LDS history, beliefs, doctrines, practices and the Four Standard Works. According to the Mormon religion, they are the only ones qualified to speak on such subjects.
Therefore, links to Jeff Lindsay, FAIR and FARMS or any other unofficial LDS sources, which don’t have the proper authority to teach or clear up any misunderstandings on LDS history, beliefs, doctrines, practices and the Four Standard Works, are no longer acceptable.
Mormons tells us that if we want to know the truth about Mormonism, go to the source. Very well. The GA’s are the source, not unofficial apologists giving their opinions.
Hopefully, this will help eliminate some confusion in future discussions.
Ah, now that’s the spirit of enlightenment!
It’s NOT that they are afraid of anything — they just want to make sure that only “official” pro-Mormon information is used to defend the faith. It’s all about intellectual integrity, you see. Authoritative and reliable anti-Mormon information presumably encompasses a much larger variety of sources (in fact, anything goes, as long as it advances the anti cause). My only beef is that they should also have specified that LDS defenders also may not rely on such non-canonized sources as the National Academy of Sciences, the Biblical Archaeology Society, the encyclopedia, the dictionary, CNN, the Journal of American History, or the American Journal of Human Genetics.
In fact, if LDS claims of divine origins are to be taken seriously, the honest seekers of truth at ConcernedChristians.com would be entirely justified in demanding that LDS defenders only provide tangible evidence delivered directly from God by the angel Moroni to the faithful administrators of that site, preferably accompanied with a dramatic miracle such as increasing ad revenues by 100,000% that week. Then, and probably only then, will they admit that there might be grounds to open their minds and their list of allowed reading materials regarding LDS claims.
Well, maybe it’s too late, but if it would help my friends at ConcernedChristians.com, I was really just kidding when I said that my writings weren’t guaranteed to be 100% infallible, authorized, and pure LDS doctrine. Now will you let people cite my writings? Please??