Date: November 26, 2019 11:20AM
opted out of his church and "unsubscribed" as one of his followers.
The scriptures refer to people falling away and that's always equated with sin in the eyes of Mormons. Leaving the church is falling away. And it is considered doctrinal that the worst sin is to deny ("sin against") the Holy Ghost. It's called the "unpardonable sin".
--> "The unpardonable sin is to willfully deny and defy the Holy Ghost after having received His witness."
--> "No man can sin against light until he has it; nor against the Holy Ghost, until after he has received it by the gift of God through the appointed channel or way. To sin against the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter, the Witness of the Father and the Son, wilfully denying him and defying him, after having received him, constitutes [the unpardonable sin]."https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teachings-joseph-f-smith/chapter-8?lang=eng
Virtually by definition, leaving the church equals living in sin. According to Mormon logic, if you once had a true testimony, it came to you as a gift of the Holy Ghost. Turning your back on that and leaving the church means rejecting the Holy Ghost...which means you have committed an unpardonable sin.
If you claim that you never really had a testimony, and then leave the church, that means that your baptism was without effect and you therefore had no remission of sin. You're in a better state than if you had received and then rejected the witness of the Holy Ghost. But you have never received divine forgiveness of your sins and therefore are a sinner by definition.
Sin is not just breaking the Word of Wisdom and screwing around.
If you're in the church and then you leave the church, you are regarded as being spiritually defective (no matter how much Mormons pretend otherwise). In recent years, Mormons have been encouraged to APPEAR to be less judgmental (in the hopes of recovering the lost sheep and bringing them back into the fold). But don't think for a minute that you're not actually being judged by active Mormons.