God did not ban polygamy, the church
banned it about the same time they prohibited the priests from having a
wife or wives.
Therefore, an elder
must be blameless,
Both Old and New Testaments agree that polygyny is a sanctioned marriage option.
There is a
very well known instance when God actually commanded polygyny:
Israeli men were often married
very young as suggested by Malachi 2:14-15 wherein the Lord rebukes
those who were dealing treacherously with the wife of their youth; which
passage can not be twisted to mean some sort of condemnation of
This was not a Hollywood marriage of choice; there was a kinsman closer to Naomi and Ruth and he was given the first option of buying back the inheritance and marrying Ruth, see Ruth 3:12-13, 4:4. Notice how Boaz called the elders of his city? (Deut.25:8 & Ruth 4:2).
The kinsman nearer than
Boaz decided against redeeming the inheritance and marrying Ruth and had
to endure the public shame of having his shoe loosed (Ruth 4:7-8)
according to this passage:
Readers might remember an Iraqi reporter throwing his shoes at USA President G.W.Bush during a media interview. The shoe an emblem of shame down through the centuries in the east. The man who refused to marry Ruth bore shame but of course today, any believer in the Lord who even mentions polygyny in a positive light needs to dodge the leather. Love can be very pharisaic in some circles.
Boaz did not have to be single to marry his brother's wife, neither was it necessary for the man closer in line to be single.
The child of Ruth and Boaz was not Boaz's heir, but Naomi's. If the only child Boaz had was Ruth's then Boaz had no heir of his own. Ruth 4:14-16.
In the book of Ruth,
which features the kinsman redeemer, polygyny is the underlying basis of
restoration. Christians abhor polygamy through ignorance promoted
through ignorant teaching, yet God establishes it in this wonderful
picture of redemption.
We need to note that Onan was struck dead by God for not marrying his brother's wife long before The Law was given. Levirate polygyny was embedded in Hammurabbi's Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_Hammurabi).
Did God give such
laws to Hammurabi or had God instituted levirate polygyny in the lives
of the Patriarchs. It doesn't matter really, God acted swiftly against a
man who refused to observe this form of polygyny. This action of our
God flies in the face of all who ignore Scripture and try their best to
argue against polygyny.
Whether we like it or not, Christ came through Judah and one of the twin boys Tamar bore (read all of Gen.38).
Boaz was a type, a
picture of Christ the kinsman redeemer and Boaz married Ruth
polygynously. If polygyny was such a wickedness as modern prudish churchianity cries,
then our Lord's genealogy is thick with wickedness that was blessed by
There is something
wrong and it isn't God's Word, its the error in the churches. Polygyny is
Genesis 20 (&12)
2 Samuel 12
More Scriptures are examined in the Objections page