Doctrine and Covenants 132: Intro, 52 “Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. 52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph….” [emp. added]
Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.”
Hosea 2:19 “And I will betroth thee unto me for ever…”
Today we’re looking at the infamous revelation Joseph Smith used as an excuse for his philandering ways.
While students of Mormonism know this revelation quite well, we’re looking at the way this was written in an attempt to bring attention to historical facts so members of the Church will give pause to its wording. It’s quite common for all of us to quickly read over the text of something, and not catch the true meaning of what we just read.
Furthermore, the Church would have to toss what the Bible says about covenants if they’re going to accept Smith’s ‘new and everlasting covenant’ of sex for salvation. The two verses we’ve used above are a microcosm of what our Lord has said throughout history. The entire Bible is a story filled with descriptive language of God’s redeeming love for mankind. All of it points to one subject matter – Christ Jesus.
Think about this –
More than 200 years spanned the time of God’s promise of our betrothal to Him in Hosea, to His promise of a new covenant in Jeremiah. During that time man still looked to God for the Promised Messiah, and His word never deviated. Yet, along comes Joe Smith and all bets are off when God supposedly changed His entire game plan…
The intro for this so-called revelation is dated July 12, 1843. By that time Joseph Smith had 40+ wives. The Church now admits Smith was practicing polygamy as early as 1831.
The intro also states Smith was given this revelation in Nauvoo.
Smith didn’t move to Nauvoo until 1839-1840, and was living in adultery from the days of Kirtland, OH back in 1831. Why was he practicing polygamy before God issued the directive to do so?
Also – notice the tense of this revelation where it said, ‘..let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph…’
In other words, This was already a done deal, long before God supposedly announced the extracurricular activities. It also indicates Emma didn’t have any choice in the matter. She was told to accept Smith’s adulterous behavior or she’d go to hell (v. 4).
We’re praying Mormons will see the disparity in this not-so-new revelation of sex for salvation, and know this is not how the God of the Bible operates.
With Love in Christ;