Brad Wilcox comments explained as LDS Church leader apologises, Know What Happened

LDS Church leader Brad Wilcox has apologised following controversial comments he made about black people and priesthood.

The 62-year-old, who is part of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints (LDS), made the remarks during a Zoom meeting on Sunday (February 6th).

Who is Brad Wilcox – and what did he say? Read on to find out…

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Who is Brad Wilcox?

Bradley Ray Wilcox is a professor and church leader from Provo, Utah.

The 62-year-old teaches ancient scripture at Brigham Young University and has had many important roles within The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints.

Informally known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, it is a Christian restorationist church headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Some of Wilcox’s roles have included scout leader, bishop, member of the Sunday School board and counsellor in the presidency.

He also speaks at religious conferences and has written a number of books, the most notable being The Continuous Atonement.

Brad is married to nurse Deborah G Gunnell and they have four children.

LDS Church leader Brad Wilcox has apologised following some controversial remarks he made on Sunday, February 6th.

During a regional Zoom fireside with youth members of the church in Alpine, Utah, he spoke about the church’s 1852-1978 ban on black men becoming priests.

He said:

“Maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Maybe instead of saying why did the blacks have to wait until 1978, maybe what we should be asking is, why did the whites and other races have to wait until 1829? One thousand, eight hundred, twenty-nine years they waited. Why did the Gentiles have to wait until after the Jews? And why did everybody in the house of Israel except the tribe of Levi have to wait.”

“When you look at it like that, instead of trying to feel like you have to figure out God’s timeline, we can just be grateful – grateful right down to our socks that the blacks received the priesthood in 78,” he added.

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Brad Wilcox apologises

After his controversial opinions were slammed online, Brad took to Facebook to post a public apology.

“My dear friends, I made a serious mistake last night and I am truly sorry. The illustration I attempted to use about the timing of the revelation on the priesthood for black members was wrong,” he wrote.

He continued: “I’ve reviewed what I said and I recognise that what I hoped to express about trusting God’s timing did NOT come through as I intended. To those I offended, especially my dear black friends, I offer my sincere apologies and ask for your forgiveness. I am committed to do better.”

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Posted by Brad R. Wilcox on Monday, February 7, 2022

Brigham Young University, where Wilcox teaches, issued a statement on Twitter following his apology, writing:

“We are deeply concerned with the words recently used by Dr Brad Wilcox. We appreciate his sincere apology and believe he is committed to learn from this experience.

“BYU remains committed to upholding President Nelson’s charge to root out racism in our institutions.”

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