I'm not sure that's what anyone is saying here, from the posts I have read, including yours - the church CAN teach whatever it wants to. I don't think anybody disagrees with that. If it's a freedom issue, sure, Oaks can spew whatever nonsense he pleases. However, I CAN disagree with him, and think that the church's stance on women, LGBTQ individuals and apostates are full of bullcrap. And then express that opinion to friends, family and on anonymous internet forums. And when I go to church on Sunday, I CAN speak out against the stupid things I hear there, and try to give the marginalized a voice, all the while tiptoeing around the desire of people who don't think like I do who would like to ax my sorry ass at their whim.Blashyrkh wrote: ↑Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:47 amSo by your standards the church can't teach anything because no matter what they teach someone is going to be affected negatively. Can't teach the Word of Wisdom because some people really struggle with chemical/alcohol addiction like I do. Can't teach about the law of chastity because some people can't control their physical/sexual urges. Can't teach tithing because some people have medical bills and struggle to pay that 10% or they will lose their homes. And that would make then feel like unworthy piece of crap. Can't have any standards or beliefs because someone somewhere struggles with it.
So if you don't think the church is worth changing, fill your boots. Just leave, as you said. However, because of my family I'm stuck there, I've kept quiet long enough, and if I choose to take the position that I don't like something at church, your damn right I'm going to speak up and try to change it. As futile as it will be, no doubt. But as others have said (and I believe the entire point of the original premise of this thread) I will choose to support the marginalized over the expressed majority opinion I find at church. Full stop.