This section of the website is intended to address only the major categories of criticisms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which has been established in consequence of the marvelous work and wonder. For a more exhaustive treatment, see the Wikipedia article, Criticism of the Latter-Day Movement.
- What is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Doing?
- Changes in doctrine and policy
- Priesthood authority and administering church affairs
- Marriage, family and the community
- Record keeping and church history
- Economic and political power
Q: Changes in doctrine and policy
A: The church sometimes changes its doctrine and its policy as required to accommodate its growing understanding of the kingdom and its relationship with the world, just as Moses had to do, because of the hard-heartedness of the Israelites.
Q: Priesthood authority and administering church affairs
A: Priesthood authority to administer the affairs of the kingdom, as circumstances dictate, must come from God. Man cannot presume to take this honor unto himself. The authority to administer the laws and ordinances of the gospel and to seal the unbelieving and rebellious, unto the day when the wrath of God will be poured out upon the wicked without measure, is sacred and holy and received from those holding the priesthood, by the laying on of hands, under the direction of he who holds the keys of its administration, through divine appointment.
Q: Marriage, family and the community
A: Marriage and the family are the foundation of the kingdom and must be protected. See the Church’s Proclamation of the Family.
Q: Record keeping and church history
A: Record keeping is double-edged sword that can be turned against the church’s work to build the kingdom of God and establish Zion, and has therefore been regarded as sensitive information in some cases.
Q: Economic and political power
A: The economic and political power of the church is crucial to its future growth and destiny, but is feared by its enemies. However, the disciples of Jesus have been counseled by their Lord to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.