Many Church leaders are judgemental and think people who leave the Church only do so because of sin!
It’s a sickening & an appallingly judgemental attitude, but unfortunately it’s the normal response from Church leaders.
As bishops & Stake Presidents we are conditioned & trained to judge! That’s what we do! The ‘God in our heads’ always tells us what we need to know to judge the members!
We may be wrong, as I have since discovered, but at the time we ‘know’!
I was shocked by my Stake President’s attitude in my first interview after I sent him my resignation letter as bishop.
Much to my shock & deep disappointment, my ‘friend & mentor’, the Stake President, didn’t once try to change my mind! I expected my ‘true friend’ to desperately attempt to change my mind. To try every argument & persuasive technique to change my mind. To be so appalled at losing me from the kingdom, & be hurting inside at the potential loss of my soul that he would do anything to bring me back from the brink of eternal damnation!
He DID NOTHING to stop me!
However, he accused me of sinning!
He said there MUST be something amiss in my life! He KNEW there was!
He asked if I was studying the scriptures & praying. I answered I was studying more than ever before in my life! He said, “But you’ve got your priorities wrong! Instead of studying the stuff that’s destroying your faith you should have been focusing on your job & family & calling, you’ve been spending too much time on the wrong things!”
I’m afraid I got emotional at this point as I angrily replied, “What’s more important than discovering the truth about my potential eternal future? I need to know what’s TRUE!”