By Brian Passey,
Feb. 17, 2017
(Photo: Brian Passey / The Spectrum & Daily News)
A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article.
- GEORGE, Utah — Will there be polygamy in heaven?
The official doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today still teaches that the principle of plural marriage has the potential to be acceptable when ordained by God, using examples like Abraham and King David in the Old Testament as evidence. These teachings are based on LDS scripture found in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, Section 132, which Joseph Smith claimed was a revelation from God to once again institute the practice of plural marriage.
Smith, the church’s founding president and prophet, incrementally established the practice in the 1830s and 1840s, according to an essay at lds.org. However, its practice was not widely known until after Brigham Young assumed leadership following Smith’s death in 1844. It soon became a fundamental aspect of early Mormonism. But the practice also put the church at odds with the law. A series of moves by church leaders, beginning with President Wilford Woodruff’s 1890 “Manifesto,” eventually led to the end of church-sanctioned plural marriage.
Some separatists still practice polygamy in fundamentalist offshoot of the mainstream church. But members of the mainstream church are excommunicated if they choose to practice plural marriage, even in countries where polygamy is legal.
Decades have passed since male members of the mainstream LDS Church were allowed to marry more than one wife at a time, but the church still allows a man to be “sealed” to another woman in the temple if he remarries following the death of a first wife, according to an essay at lds.org. However, a woman whose husband has died cannot be sealed in the temple to a second man after remarrying.
When Latter-day Saints are married in temples like this one in Salt Lake City, they are sealed for eternity. If a man’s wife dies, he can be sealed to another woman when remarrying, causing some to wonder whether this creates a polygmous relationship in the next life. (Photo: Brian Passey / The Spectrum & Daily News)
Because Latter-day Saints believe the sealing ordinance binds mortal relationships in the afterlife, many also believe situations like this will result in eternal polygamy — the implication of plural marriage relationships in heaven. It’s an idea that causes confusion and heartache among some church members. Other Latter-day Saints, who look at the unknown nature of relationships in the afterlife, do not view it as a subject of concern.
In a 2007 interview on PBS, Elder Dallin H. Oaks addressed this topic. He
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Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: All cultish religions have their roots in false teachers who were inspired by Satan to deceive people away from the truth. The false prophet Joseph Smith and those who followed him in his Mormon deception are just one example.
The true God created us and knows our emotional makeup. His Word (the Bible) does not leave women traumatized with ‘eternal polygamy’. Only the false god, Satan, would inspire his prophets to do so. The true God makes it clear in the Holy Scriptures that heaven is not about men making spirit babies with their temple sealed wives.
Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.” Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Matt 22:28-32 NKJV
We should feel sorry for those who are trapped in the many lies of Mormonism and pray that their eyes will open up to see the lies, turn away from them, and come to the Biblical Jesus for true salvation.