As expected, John Dehlin has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
The official charge against the founder of the “Mormon Stories” podcast was “conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church,” but the letter from Dehlin’s North Logan LDS stake president, Bryan King, called it “apostasy” and cited evidence for the unanimous decision:
• Dehlin’s teachings disputing the nature of God and the divinity of Jesus Christ.
• His statements that the Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham are fraudulent and works of fiction.
• His statements and teachings that reject The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as being “the true church with power and authority from God.”
King further notes that the Cache Valley-based podcaster has “spread these teachings widely via the Internet to hundreds of people in the past,” and that Dehlin has said he plans to “continue to do so.”
The action was not taken because Dehlin had doubts about the church or its history, the LDS leader wrote, but “because of your categorical statements opposing the doctrines of the church, and their wide dissemination via your Internet presence, which has led others away from the church.”
Dehlin is free to criticize the church and to share his opinions, King wrote, but not “as a member in good standing.”
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