Here is a post from Made Guy at RFM:
Today, the Mormon Church is fighting a war for survival on two fronts. Both appear to be losing battles. On one front, the battle is against the evaporating interest in religion in general. This has been increasing dramatically in the last decade or so thanks partly to authors like Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. On the second front, the Morg is fighting to survive the internet tide of historical truth that threatens to swamp the USS restoration. The bilge pumps known as FARMS, FAIR, and SHIELDS, are running full blast.
Military strategists know fighting on two fronts is bad. Hitler was severely warned by his generals, but ignored them and invaded Russia. Germany collapsed.
On one front the battle is against the internet, loaded with information that calls into question the historical reality of Christianity. Books that attempt to show Christianity as a re-telling of an earlier Pagan myth have been appearing in greater number. Some examples are, ‘The Jesus Mysteries’ by Tim Freke and Peter Gandy; ‘The Jesus Puzzle‘ by Earl Doherty, and ‘Did Jesus Exist?‘ by George A. Wells. This idea has been around for more than a century, since German historian Bruno Bauer published a series of articles in 1840 arguing that the Jesus story is a myth. This subject has been taboo by academics ever since, but as the story of Christianity continues to undergo academic scrutiny, the taboo is losing its grip. The idea of the Jesus Myth is slowly moving to the mainstream. The Morg probably never expected to fight on this front.
On the other front, the church is fighting to hide its embarrassing, and toxic history from faithful members who have been assimilating the fairy tale for years and play the game for keeps, donating their time and money. It is these people the church cannot lose. These people run things, pump in money, and keep the temples in business. The battle on front one is to bring in new members. The battle on front two is to keep the members they already have. Neither battle is going well, so the church must have plans for an endgame, a way to survive. The leaders will probably not retreat to the bunker to commit suicide.
If new converts continue to stay away in droves, the church will likely shrink through attrition. Members get old and die, some leave, and so new members are necessary to fill the void and prevent a church-wide going-out-of-business sale. As rational people leave the church and rational non-members increasingly yawn at the idea of buying into the fairy tale, the only ones left will be the cultural prisoners, the naïve, and the needy; true believers think they are the only ones left on the planet who know their spiritual asses from their elbows, and hang their hopes on the belief that, ‘surely God will flush this fucking toilet soon.’
So part of the endgame is realizing that the members’ only purpose is to give legitimacy to the corporation’s claim to being a ‘church’ the same way that a product gives legitimacy to a multi-level marketing scheme. The real purpose of both is to recruit more sheep so the rich at the top can have it easy. The product just gives them both a reason to exist.
The rest of the endgame is to grow business and investment income until they can replace tithing income. When the church frees itself from relying on tithing income to survive, their survival will seem assured. Movement in this direction is evidenced by massive real estate investments like the mall project, cattle ranches, and media acquisitions. Look for more to come.
So this family of true believers, insulating themselves from a world ripe with sin, will look ever more like the mental incompetents Jack Nicholson found so amusing in ‘Cuckoos’ Nest,’ and the only thing the leaders will have to do, besides investing their tithes, is to keep reminding them how wicked the world is, and prevent them from seeing the lovely flowers growing out the window.