In all my research into Mormonism, I haven’t found anywhere in the voluminous body of sophistic Mormon apologetic writing any type of rational defense for the mandatory Mormon health code, the word of wisdom, which comprises a purely manmade edict intended as a prerequisite for baptism into the Mormon Church and to, later, participate in Mormon temple rites. You see, the Mormon health code was supposedly written in 1833 and later placed into the 1835 LDS Doctrine and Covenants, as its 89th section, as a mere bit of advice from the Mormon god as to the, supposedly, deleterious effects of coffee, tea, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages on Mormons. Its historicity is, nonetheless, dubious because this edict was not mentioned anywhere in the 1833 Book of Commandments, which was, supposedly, the final word of God to the newly organized LDS Church, published as a complete compilation of Mormon dos and don’ts.
As a message of advice, supposedly from God, the Word of Wisdom was not construed at its advent and throughout the lifetime of its creator, Joseph Smith, Jr., as a commandment, since alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and other liqueurs were greatly enjoyed by Joseph Smith, Jr. throughout his life. Yet, Smith hypocritically looked down upon members of his sect who doubted and transgressed his “prophetic” word of advice supposedly received from the Mormon deity not to use tobacco and drink coffee and tea, or hot drinks, as they were indirectly referred to in what became the 89th Section of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. Yet, from the way Smith liberally lifted and used passages directly from the King James Bible to place in his 19th Century Book of Mormon, he should have come across the profound scripture written by the Apostle Paul, in Colossians 2:9-23, regarding codes written by man to regulate the day-to-day behaviors of Christians regarding what they should eat and drink, and Jesus’ proscription of them. Smith, either, didn’t know about the scripture, or just ignored it. In the Corinthian epistle, Paul stated the following, as found in the much more correctly translated New International Version of the Holy Bible:
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in putting off of the sinful nature, not with the circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Therefore, do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! These are all destined to perish with use because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility, and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”
Hence, it is quite self-evident why Mormon apologetics have not been not used to try to establish a biblical justification for the Mormon word of wisdom; and it is actually quite amazing, if not a fulfillment of Paul’s clearly understandable instruction that the term “wisdom” was speciously used by Smith in the title of his purported revelation from God. The obvious purpose for this devilish code was an effort by Smith to control the behaviors of his disciples. The Holy Bible in one crushing prohibition, given by Christ through his appointed Apostle, tells that that one particular fruit borne of Mormonism is not of God, and if there is one false piece of fruit hanging on a tree that represents the Gospel of Christ, then the entire tree is corrupt. Strangely, the only New Testament scripture used periodically by Mormons to justify the use of the Joseph Smith’s dubious health proclamation is I Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own,” and if read in context, the Apostle Paul in this particular chapter is referring specifically to keeping the body free from sexual immorality, not from food or drink. In another scripture, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Paul also says, “Don’t you know that you, yourselves, are God’s holy temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you. If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him, for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple,” Here Paul is referring in a plural sense to “all of the Christians” comprising the body, or the individual collective bodies, or churches, of Christ. He is not referring to the physical body, and is not referring to individual Christians keeping their individual bodies pure from sin. He was speaking specifically to the church at Corinth when he said, “Don’t you know that you, yourselves, are God’s holy temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you.” The word “you” used by Paul is to be regarded as plural, as in someone, for example, saying, when referring to a collective group of people, “You (guys) are the first defense of this football team.” Certainly, the Apostle wouldn’t tell one group of Christians in Corinth to abstain from certain foods and drinks, and then tell another that accepting and abiding by restrictive health codes is ungodly. Paul is simply saying, in 1 Corinthians 3, that God will destroy (in the earthly life or the afterlife) the people who try to destroy the churches, or bodies, of Christ.
The Mormons, however, like to create their own unchristian doctrines by private interpretation of the scriptures of the Holy Bible. This simply means that the Mormon hierarchy has routinely, since 1830, lifted single verses from New Testament and Old Testament chapters and, without contextual understanding and usage of those verses, created their own meanings for those verses, and from those contrived meanings they have created false doctrines. The foregoing exposition on the “temples of God,” (the individual human body and the collective bodies of Christ) is a very good example of Mormon private interpretation. When scrutiny is brought to bear on Mormon misuse of Holy Scripture, the first thing out of their collective mouth is that the Holy Bible was, and is, incorrectly translated and that is the reason for them saying that Paul contradicts himself in Colossians 2. The health code doctrine that the Mormons have created by privately interpreting the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 6 and 3, and disregarding Colossians 2, is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg and cannot be defended; but for some obtuse reason, which is the devil’s work, millions of Christians have tuned-out the Holy Spirit and have been swayed by the minions of Mormonism to believe it. Another example a one-verse creation of Mormon doctrine is the LDS doctrine of baptism for the dead, which is taken entirely from two question that the Apostle Paul asked in 1 Corinthians 15:29 (NIV) (which he never answered), “Now if there is no resurrection of the dead, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?” From these two unanswered questions have risen the devilish doctrines of Mormon vicarious works performed in secrecy in multi-million dollar Mormon temples.
During the 30 active years (1970-2000) that I unfortunately spent in the Mormon Church, several Mormon general authorities stated in the Mormon general conferences that the word of wisdom is a “faith-keeping commandment” for measurement of a latter-day saint’s devotion to the LDS Church. Back in the day of the Mormon Prophet Brigham Young, from 1850 until 1877, the doctrine of blood atonement was also applied as a “faith-keeping commandment.” This pernicious doctrine of devils applied to rank-and-file Mormons who were accused by the 19th Century Mormon hierarchy of committing sins that were regarded as “beyond the atonement of Jesus Christ,” for which the shedding of Jesus’ precious blood did not apply. These accused Mormons were told to voluntarily surrender themselves to committees of Mormon executioners to be slain to have their blood flow into the earth, so that they would have the opportunity to earn Mormon exaltation (the highest degree of Mormon heaven where only Mormons may reside), their faith being, thereby, tested. The Mormon Church, for many decades of time, lied about the practice of blood atonement during the 19th Century Utah Mormon theocracy before the journals and diaries of anguished 19th Century Mormons were available to the public for historical perusal.
In summation, this essay article is intended to elucidate one particular evil doctrine concocted by Mormonism’s Joseph Smith, the Mormon health code known as the word of wisdom. All other Mormon doctrines comprising Mormon pagan and polytheistic theology are equally of the devil, and may be seen for what they are by appeal to the holy scriptures of God’s Holy Word, the Holy Bible.