Reason #17 — The Organization of the LDS Church
Many unwary church-goers have become Mormons after accepting the lie told them by Mormons: that the Latter-day Saint Church is organized just like Christ”‘s church as described in Ephesians 4:11. Since this verse mentions apostles, prophets, and (in some versions) patriarchs, many have falsely concluded that such offices are necessary in a New Testament-type church, not just in its historic foundation. However, the LDS church does not have only these offices, but has also added “stake presidents,” “Relief Society presidents,” “visiting teachers,” “ward clerks,” “high counselors,” and a host of other “callings” that never existed in the Bible ” The LDS Church of the 21st century resembles less and less the simplicity of the first-century church that Jesus founded, and more and more a bureaucracy. In spite of its new-found community involvements, quite apart from the dedication and sacrifice of its bright-eyed young missionaries, and in the process of divorcing itself from its own history, Mormonism is a financial and structural entity in a class by itself. (from The Mormon MIrage, Third Edition: A Former Mormon Looks at the Church Today, Zondervan, 2009. This quote from the e-book only.)
For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading devices.