There is no middle ground – It is the church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing

Each of us has to face the matter — either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.

President Gordon B. Hinckley – General Conference – April 2003

Many appreciated President Hinckley, but his binary way of thinking contributed to many shelf-breakings. As we learn more troubling issues regarding church history, some also become aware of a gray space between the black and white way of thinking. We can work to find a place in this middle-ground of nuanced space. Sadly, there is no welcome (aside from the other nuanced members). This space is only in our head. Even when they say “All are welcome”, the church has no thought to welcome anyone who may have nuanced views. Their teachings distance the TMBs (true believing members) and any who have doubts or different ways of thinking. This is one reason we are allowed to have our own thoughts and beliefs, as long as we keep them to ourselves. The moment we start talking about them, we end up on a list, or being disciplined. It is because of the many teaching like this, that “there is no middle ground”.

All or nothing! By this mantra, when you can’t “all” you’re forced to “nothing”…

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