Date: May 27, 2018 05:09PM
I just got through listening to the Mormon Stories interview of Roger Hendrix, who was formerly a teacher in CES and a mission president among other positions with TSCC. Aside from John's penchant for asking long, rambling questions, the interview was interesting and I applaud Mr Hendrix for fighting through the fog, but I really don't get Mr. Hendrix.
Hendrix said that a few years ago he decided that TSCC was not true, that Joseph was not a prophet and the First Vision, Moroni and the other foundational stories are not true. Nevertheless, Hendrix said that Joseph had a great story that created a great religion and therefore Joseph was a great man! I don't get it. Simply put, it would have been more accurate if Hendrix would have more frankly stated that Joseph was a great liar,conman and sexual predator and that the Church has conned and brain washed millions of converts and members and especially children for 188 years with its lies, deceptions and cover ups. Does this make TSCC a great religion? Maybe it does. In fact, maybe that is exactly what "great" religions do. But, as Gordon Hinckley said, either the First Vision occurred and Joseph was a Prophet or it did not occur and TSCC is a massive fraud. It didn't and TSCC is. Why is Hendrix sugar coating it? I just don't get it.
Hendrix also said that he does not believe in a God that supervises the world as does the Mormon and Christian God. But, then he turned around and mildly stated that Joseph would be punished for the wrong things he did. What? If there is no God, who or what is going to punish Joseph? The Spaghetti Monster? I just don't get it.
Hendrix also said that he is not angry or bitter towards TSCC, as if that is a good thing. Wait a minute. He was conned and lied to for decades and as a result he (unknowingly?) conned and lied to probably thousands of people and that does not make him angry or bitter? I just don't get it.
Finally, Hendrix on more than one occasion went on at length in expressing his opinion that John Dehlin loves TSCC more than anything else on earth and the TSCC should reach out to John and welcome him back in the flock. What was the purpose of this? What did it have to do with the subject? Let me see-- there is no God, TSCC is false, TSCC has lied and lied and lied about its history and foundational truth claims and Joseph was not a Prophet, but nevertheless it's great that John still loves TSCC and he should go back into its welcoming arms (and start paying tithing again)? I'm not saying that Hendrix is a shill for TSCC in implicitly encouraging us to forget the fraud that TSCC is and go back, be obedient and pay our tithing, but I'm sure the Brethren would agree, especially to the tithing part. I just don't get it.