The attached is a comment from an AUB member who has been telling other AUB members how wrong they are to criticize their leader, Lynn Thompson–in spite of the fact that Thompson has been accused of sexually abusing over 18 women.
The comment shows clearly how abuse and apathy are justified in AUB and many cults, and even enforced upon a group of people by trying to shame them.
Interesting that the quote used suggests that questioning leaders is worse than questioning the existence of God, or saying you don’t want anything to do with God. We could dissect this at length, but we’ll leave you to make your own inferences.
The “Rulon, Owen, LaMoine, Lynn” referred to past and present leaders of the AUB polygamist cult.
“Eyeroller’s Position On Sustaining Our Head –(Bold and Italics added to emphasis his position – changed from ALL CAPS in submission).
“Though I admitted in my feelings and knew all the time that Joseph (Rulon, Owen, LaMoine, Lynn) was a human being and subject to err, still it was none my business to look after his faults.
I repented of my unbelief, and that too, very suddenly; I repented about as quickly as I committed the error.
It was not for me to question whether Joseph (Rulon, Owen, LaMoine, Lynn) was dictated by the Lord at all times and under all circumstances or not. I never had the feeling for one moment, to believe that any man or set of men or beings upon the face of the whole earth had anything to do with him, for he was superior to them all, and held the keys of salvation. Had I not thoroughly understood this and believed it, I much doubt whether I should ever have embraced what is called “Mormonism.”
He was called of God; God dictated him, and if He had a mind to leave him to himself and let him commit an error, that was no business of mine. And it was not for me to question it, if the Lord was disposed to let Joseph (Rulon, Owen, LaMoine, Lynn) lead the people astray, for He had called him and instructed him to gather Israel and restore the Priesthood and kingdom to them.
It was not my prerogative to call him in question with regard to any act of his life. He was God’s servant, not mine. He did not belong to the people but to the Lord, and was doing the work of the Lord, and if He should suffer him (Joseph, Rulon, Owen, LaMoine, Lynn) to lead people astray, it would be because they ought to be led astray. If He should suffer them to be chastised, and some of them destroyed, it would be because they deserved it, or to accomplish some righteous purpose. That was my faith, and it is my faith still.
If we have any lack of confidence in those whom the Lord has appointed to lead the people, how can we have confidence in a being whom we know nothing about? It is nonsense to talk about it.
It will weaken a person quicker to lose confidence in those who dictate the affairs of God’s Kingdom on the earth than to say “I do not know whether there is a God or not, and I care nothing about Him.” A man or woman will not be prepared to be taken by the enemy, and led captive by the devil so quickly for disbelieving in a being they do not know about, as for disbelieving in those whom they do know.”
Very troubling position and is the very same one that has led to Warren Jeffs still being supported by the FLDS. We guess AUB thinks the difference is that they are the one and only TRUE group!