You can’t have it both ways, as the old saying goes. Yesterday I wrote about priestcraft. Well, that link came up again.
Here’s the deal…
There are two apostate groups in the church that are diametrically opposed. One says bishops ask too many sexual probing questions of youth, which in turn drives youth towards sexually acting out. The other group says bishops don’t ask enough questions which leaves pornography addictions uncovered.
Why people leave the church over this stuff is beyond me. The one group claims bishop’s go overboard. While I’ve only had this experience with one bishop, it is my understanding bishop’s are supposed to stick to the recommend questions. The other group wants bishops to ask detailed questions — especially about things viewed in pornography — to determine if a person has a pornography addiction. While the first group is probably right — bishops should not go in to details about ways a person can commit a sexual sin. The other group is probably wrong. You can’t have it both ways, and neither is a reason to leave the church.
Word of Wisdom
The same is true about the Word of Wisdom. The bishop whom I felt went overboard would go in to long drawn out questioning about the Word of Wisdom. Much of it was his asserting his own doctrine.
So, applying the arguments of these two opposing groups, should bishops go in to details like these?
Do you drink energy drinks that contain tea or coffee?
Have you ever eaten mocha ice cream?
Have you ever used alcoholic beverages in cooking?
Do you only eat meat sparingly during the summer?
I think you’d agree that it’s a little overboard. It’s simple. The question to be asked is, “Do you live the Word of Wisdom?”
I think beyond that it is up to the individual to ask for clarification if they don’t understand, or confess if they do understand. By the time one makes it to the temple recommend interview, they’ve been around long enough in the church to understand what each of the recommend questions mean. When it comes to 12-18 year old children, their parents should prepare them for the questions.
The 14 or 15 questions asked are more than adequate — either way.
I’ve asked myself, “What would I do if I were asked a question that I felt was entirely inappropriate?”
I think I’ll ponder and pray about it. When I have my answer, I can’t promise I’ll share it. That’s something you’ll have to ponder and pray about too.