So basically, the article claims that if the LDS church doesn't start "changing with the times" and become more secular, then it will get left behind?
I suppose that's possible. But really, just because something might be popular or trendy - or even legal - does not mean that it is morally correct. I don't give too much credit to the article.
Nor do I. The author seems to have had the notion that growth in the size of the Church is somehow evidence of its truth, and that if it isn't forever expanding at an increasingly rapid pace, that's somehow evidence that it's not true.
What a bizarre notion. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world at the moment. By this guy's logic we should all convert to Islam. The growth of Christianity in general since the time of Christ isn't exactly a straight line, and may even have shrunk form time to time. None of that should cast doubts on the Gospel.
Frankly, I EXPECT Christianity in general, and the LDS Church as part of that, to shrink some over the next little while as more and more people are seduced by a popular culture that no longer values objective ideas of morality and has a message t hat's increasingly hostile to the wisdom of the Gospel. We Christians are at our best and most devout when we're in the minority. Look at the early Christians during the time of the Roman Empire when they were still persecuted. Could we, today, handle that the way they did?
"He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool."
"Don't take refuge in the false security of consensus."