Tuesday, June 9, 2009
When does a Heretic become an Apostate?
What exactly is an apostate?
Is it possible to be considered an apostate by the leaders of the outer church and yet still be considered a humble follower of Christ and seeker of truth in the eyes of Christ?
It was the excommunication (or disfellowship) of six very high profile members of the church who became known as the "September Six". ( I almost made it the "September Seven", although I was not high profile like them.. but that is a story for another time)
Among these six people were a few people who played a very important role in my early years of researching the scriptures and LDS Church History.
One was Avraham Gileadi a Hebrew scholar who wrote about the words of Isaiah and the last days.
Another was D. Michael Quinn who was an LDS church Historian that released some very controversial historical information about the LDS restoration movement. Gileadi has since been rebaptized. Quinn has not.
For those interested, Sunstone had Quinn speak about his excommunication on the 10th anniversary after it took place.
Gileadi has been very silent about his ordeal.
Another of the six was an attorney. He also did an interview that is really quite facinating, yet heart breaking and disturbing. The interview is in 7 parts. Part number 5 of the Paul Toscono Interview is here. It is 5, 6, and 7 that deals with the excommunication.
It is really sad how he seems to have lost his testimony.. although he still has hope in Christ.
As Spec would say,
"What think ye?"