I a thinking that Dehlin might know more??
About where this unfounded allegation came from? Perhaps. But Jeremy is a good friend of mine and I discussed it with him and he unequivocally said that he made no such statement relating to ANYONE, and he told me that he adamantly is opposed to having any FOLLOWERS. He is not leading anyone anywhere except if you ascribe to him the concept of leading people to read more and to make their own decisions. In fact, at the end of the CES letter (search it for the word follow and see what you find), it says,
The past year was the worst year of my life. I experienced a betrayal, loss, and sadness unlike anything I’ve ever known. “Do what is right; let the consequence follow” now holds a completely different meaning for me. I desperately searched for answers to all of the problems. To me, the answer eventually came but it was not what I expected…or hoped for.
There is no admonition for anyone to FOLLOW him in his own personal decision to leave the church. He does claim that following men who make ridiculous statements is kind of mind boggling and that he would not want his children to do so:
Why would I want my kids singing “Follow the Prophet” with such a ridiculous 183-year track record? What credibility do the Brethren have? Why would I want them following the prophet when a prophet is just a man of his time teaching his “theories” that will likely be disavowed by future Prophets, Seers, and Revelators? If his moral blueprint is not much better than their Sunday School teachers? If, historically speaking, the doctrine he teaches today will likely be tomorrow’s false doctrine?
But here he stops. He does not claim to have a better way. Does not claim that if you follow him, he will be able to help you with God. He is not seeking followers so he can be some kind of Anti-Mormon Church leader. That is so ridiculous that I find it offensive that Clarke would make that up. Jeremy is seeking an audience to listen to what he has prepared and then to go and make up their own minds.
Clarke is a liar. Jeremy did not claim what Clarke said he did.