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|John Edward Decker|
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John Edward "Ed" Decker (born 1935) is an American counterculture apologist and evangelist known for his controversial studies, books, and public presentations of the perceived negative aspects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and Freemasonry. He is a former member of the LDS Church and prominent early member of a Christian group for ex-Mormons called Saints Alive in Jesus. His most well-known book is The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes, co-authored by Dave Hunt.
Decker was born to a Jewish mother and Dutch father of the Reformed Christian faith (Calvinist) but raised an Episcopalian. While attending Utah State University, he married a Latter-day Saints student named Phyllis and converted to Mormonism. He met Phyllis Ray Danielson in "about 1952" during his junior year of highschool .
While in high school, Ed worked a full 48 hours at the local Acme supermarket, to help support his mother and two sisters. While somewhat active in swimming and wrestling, he managed to graduate with high grades and earned a spot at Annapolis Naval Academy. A sudden health issue terminated those plans and he spent a year earning the money to attend an inexpensive land grant College in Utah.
During his first marriage, Ed Decker worked his way through the ranks at IBM and several other Corporations, sometimes holding down an extra job to meet the needs of a growing family.In the LDS Church. He served in roles such as Elders' Quorum Teacher, Visiting Teacher, Sunday School teacher, and was once the Sunday School President in a local ward. He was also a Ward Clerk, serving the local Bishopric. He was a Temple Mormon and held an active temple recommend until he left the church. In 1969, Ed, after many sessions with local and Stake leaders, and with their encouragement filed for divorce . Ed remained active in the church for 6 more years. In 1975, he became a born-again Christian and as such, asked that his name be removed from the records of the church. An excommunication trial ensured at his request and he was excommunicated in 1976.
All of his church activities and excommunication records are on file at Utah State University Special Collections Library.. Ed Decker Collection #210. The collection includes years of his radio programs, speeches, lectures, books, correspondence for all to see.
Ed left the business world at the age of 42 to begin full time ministry.
This section also removed for slanderous, false statements. by Ed Decker..
The following entire section was removed by me, Ed Decker, since it was filled with lies and slander.
Ed remarried and has been happily married for 47 years. He is the very active, happy and closely involved father of 7, grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of 6. All of his LDS Children have left the Mormon Church. He has served as a pastor for a number of years, did hospital visitation, praying for the sick and ministering to their families. Ed also spent time ministering to the elderly, including nursing home visits and home visits. As a ministry leader for almost 40 years, he traveled the world speaking at conferences, ministering to missionaries. He especially enjoyed working in the Philippines among the street children and homeless.
Ed Decker was host of the very successful radio program, The Decker Report where he discussed world events, religious groups and philosophies. He spoke often on the Christian lifestyle and evolution, creationism and a variety of subjects. Many of his programs are available on itunes under the name Decker Report.
He has authored many books on biblical orthodoxy and
Phyllis Ray Decker Montanari Danielson has lied and misrepresented Ed Decker [me] for almost 50 years and those who feed on that nonsense have jumped at it ever since.
I am retired and in my 80s, trying to live out my life in relative peace. If not peace, at least in truth. and with the hopes of a little fly fishing now and then. If anyone has specific questions regarding this bio, contact Ed Decker at his website.
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Decker has authored and co-authored books addressing the inner workings and purported negative aspects of the LDS Church. His book, The God Makers, was followed by The God Makers II. He released a book in November 2007, titled My Kingdom Come: The Mormon Quest for Godhood.
Additional books written in this genre include Fast Facts on False Teachings, Decker's Complete Handbook on Mormonism, and Unmasking Mormonism. A fictional work by Decker entitled The Mormon Dilemma was added to Conversations With The Cults—The Harvest House series, entitled What You Need to Know About Mormons.
The God Makers, a book about the inner workings of the LDS Church, has been updated and expanded. Attempting to cut through the wholesome image projected by the church, the book purportedly reveals inconvenient aspects of the beliefs and practices of Mormonism. The God Makers aims to prepare evangelical Christians for witnessing to Mormons and makes the case that Mormon Christianity is a departure from what evangelical Christians consider to be "true" or "biblical" Christianity. Almost 600,000 copies are in circulation.
participated in the documentary films, The God Makers, The Temple Of The God Makers, The Mormon Dilemma, and The God Makers II. His smaller projects include the booklets "And The Word Became Flesh", "To Moroni, With Love!", and "Understanding Islam", which are distributed by his nonprofit organization.
Decker states that My Kingdom Come: The Mormon Quest for Godhood is his final book to be presented on the subject of Mormonism. In this book, he dedicates an entire chapter to Mitt Romney and the Mormon beliefs about the future of the United States.
Ed is currently taking his 40 years of research and converting it all to as many as 30 free eBooks, that are available on his saintsalive website as he continues the project.
Freemasonry and others
Decker also speaks out against Freemasonry and has written What You Need To Know About Masons and The Dark Side of Freemasonry, and the booklet entitled "The Question of Freemasonry". Decker has also co-written a book with Ron Carlson called Fast facts on false teachings, which deals with what he believes to be various false systems of worship, including Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, and the Word of Faith movement.
Decker's work has attracted criticism not only from Latter-day Saints, but also from religious scholars of other faiths. Jerald and Sandra Tanner, two prominent critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of Mormonism in general, and Robert Passantino have said that Decker's writings grossly misrepresent Mormonism, and thereby dilute his message and offend Mormons without attracting them to evangelical Christianity. The Tanners have noted what they contend are inaccuracies and errors in some of Decker's works.
One of Decker's associates offered to exorcise the Tanners' demons, and expressed great sadness when they refused.
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- The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes, avec Dave Hunt, Harvest House Publishers, 1997, ISBN 978-1-56507-717-1
- The God Makers II
- My Kingdom Come - The Mormon Quest for Godhood, 2007
- Fast Facts on False Teachings
- Decker's Complete Handbook on Mormonism
- Unmasking Mormonism
- The Mormon Dilemma
- What You Need to Know About Mormons
- What You Need To Know About Masons
- The Dark Side of Freemasonry, Huntington House Publishers, 1994.
- The God Makers
- The Temple Of The God Makers
- The Mormon Dilemma
- The God Makers II
- And The Word Became Flesh
- To Moroni, With Love!
- The Question of Freemasonry
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-  Archived February 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- According to Michael Griffith, "Even as anti-Mormon books go, The God Makers is one of the worst, most inaccurate attacks on Mormonism ever written."Michael T. Griffith. "Another Look at The Godmakers". ourworld.cs.com. Retrieved 2006-09-24.
- Says Massimo Introvigne, "the second book and film are worse than the first: they include an explicit call to hatred and intolerance that has been denounced as such by a number of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish organizations." Introvigne, Massimo (1994) "The Devil Makers: Contemporary Evangelical Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 27 (1), 154.
- Tanner, Jerald and Sandra (1993). Problems in The Godmakers II. Salt Lake City, Utah: UTLM.
- Introvigne, Massimo (1994) "The Devil Makers: Contemporary Evangelical Fundamentalist Anti-Mormonism", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 27 (1), 166–67.