XI. Criticisms with Some Merit
There was very little to be found in The God Makers in this category, but a few points have some merit.
1. The charge that Latter-day Saints do not believe in the grace of God is not true. Since grace is a fact, it is understandable why Latter-day Saints emphasize the aspect of works, something each person can do something about. However, more stress on the grace aspect of the Atonement could be made when LDS members speak or write.
2. Although most Latter-day Saint testimonies are of Christ, in some cases testimonies do neglect the Savior and are only personal reminiscences and testifying of other things.
3. The coming forth of attacks against the LDS Church by books and films such as The God Makers makes it clear that LDS people need to engage even more thoroughly in a study of the scriptures and their own history.
4. The editing of history that the authors of The God Makers have been guilty of has also been done at times by some LDS writers.
5. Some amateur LDS archaeologists have overstated external evidence of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon stands on its own. See XIII in this “Overview.”
6. LDS members who go to the temple for the first time may not have properly prepared themselves or read and studied all that has been written on the subject. Some leaders perhaps need to take more time in assisting a person in becoming adequately prepared to go to the House of the Lord.