Bible Polygyny

Gen 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife. And he loved her. ...

Oh dear, no official paperwork signed, no priest to pronounce them man and wife,
how could they possibly be married in God's eyes?

But to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts. And he sent them away from Isaac his son while he still lived,
eastward to the east country.
Gen 25:6

 

Traditional monogamy only Christians must give up this refutation.

This argument is nonsensical, it's impotent, outdated and contrary to current law enforcement policies. Polygyny is illegal but the inaction against it tells us it is not legally enforced.

The laws against bigamy and polygamy might be on the books but the thundering silence of Federal and State prosecutors is more than just revealing. It says these laws are in statute but not in action.

We can feel for the law enforcement agencies in many countries particularly the USA. Let us consider the argument that polygamy is illegal which it is in all states of the Union.

Only 5 States issue licenses for the marriage of homosexuals. Three other states recognize such marriages but don't issues licenses, the rest of the States do not recognize such marriages.

In some States adultery remains on the books, laws which carried across from Britain. Are such people in those States prosecuted, even the Christians who fall into such sin? If not why not?

We feel for such officers of the Law who are forced to take action against one group but are inactive against others.

Imagine one gay, one lesbian and one adulterous law enforcement officer arresting polygynists in states where their own lifestyle choices are illegal. Why would such officers be in the positions they hold? What a ridiculous situation if the Judge was homosexual.

It would be prejudicial and discriminatory in the extreme for any state prosecutor to arraign polygynists before the courts and turn a blind eye to all other illegal activities widely pursued.

Don't ask don't tell? You have to be kidding! Homosexuality is illegal in 42 states. Perhaps polygynists should now adopt the same policy.

When the Law enforcement officers remove children from polygynists in those states which do not recognize homosexual marriages, why aren't they removing children from those marriages, or better still why aren't they prosecuting such folks who are co-habituating? Because the Law is a mess of worms.

We are finding that prosecutors are not taking action against polygynists for this reason. The Law is in a mess and it's up to the legislature to address the conflicts and bring in consistency by removing polygyny from the books. Polygynous families have been exposed and Law enforcement do not persue them unless there is a legal, certified multiple marriage then they can prosecute for bigamy.

There are dating sites operating throughout the USA where people can seek illegal homosexual encounters and marriages and adulterous activities. Does this mean States are prosecuting such people or even the dating sites promoting such activities? If these things are illegal why isn't the State more active? Tacit approval of laws which are either outdated or contrary to general acceptance is nevertheless approval. The Laws might stand but those enforcing them are inactive.

In the meantime don't expect all the polygamists to be prosecuted under the Law, unless at the same time prosecutions begin against adulterers, gays and lesbians who practice their lifestyle choices in such states where it is illegal.

Many Christians are now asking since when was marriage the prerogative of the State? If State laws and a license to practice marriage were the modern criteria for marriage then all of those married in Scripture are in fact not so. The Laws for marriage entered in recent history (1890-1925) and only in 1653 the Church decreed marriage a sacrament. So without Biblical authority we have been forced to follow both the formalized church and the state in an institution which was never theirs to control.

For this reason many Christians are leaving the "legal" marriage option and returning to marriage according to the Word of God.

Christians should obey the law of the land which is against polygamy so it is claimed by the traditionalists;
1Pe 2:13-14  Then be in obedience to every ordinance of men, because of the Lord, whether to a king as supreme, or to governors as sent by Him for vengeance on evildoers, but for praise on well-doers.

Rom 13:1-2  Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God. So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves.

Only when man's law contradicts God’s laws are we free to disobey men they argue, but if God elevated these “governments” above His Word, a ludicrous assumption since His Word He "magnified above all His name" (Ps.138:2);  then what basis is there for such man made classifications since Peter says “every ordinance of men”? Where does the Bible say we are to contradict the Romans 13:1-2 if man's laws oppose God's? If God placed men in authority and as Paul says "For there is no authority but of God" them we are to obey men or we have God contradicting Himself. If the Bible says every ordinance, then that is what Christians must do; Hitler had to be obeyed if the "law of the land" means what it says.

The "law of the land" says no fault divorce. Then obviously, Christians should never accept that option since Matt.19:9 strictly forbids it. Any Christian who has "used" the Law of the Land as an option for divorce other than that involving adultery is committing adultery and should never be allowed in the church pews or pulpits. Any church that winks at "no fault" divorce should remain forever silent on crying that polygyny is illegal or against the law of the land. Hypocrisy is alive and well.

A
point worth considering is that maybe Roms.13:1-2 is not referring to the civil governments but the governments of God. The Lord set up governments within the assemblies during the Acts period (1Cor.12:28) and Christians had to obey the Apostles who carried the "sword" of judgment in that Pentecostal administration. Perhaps it was those God given Laws and Law enforcers Christians at that time were to obey fully?

But wait, is the Law of the Land against Polygyny? In some countries the law protects “de facto” relationships including cases of monogamous men with "mistresses" (not to be called a second wife of course). The term “extended family” is now common when such situations require judicial rulings in child support cases.

Read some legal arguments on the links page.

The law is in a state of flux in some western societies. Canada is examining its position on polygyny perhaps because it recognizes plural marriages originating in countries where it is legal but then has legal issues against such marriages inside its own borders; now there is a "what to do". Israel likewise, with a growing gap of women out numbering men looks uneasily at the polygynous enemies around them.

Legislators in other countries are likewise expressing concern at the exposure to discrimination polygynists experience; there are many plural families within the western world who are not prosecuted since they do not "legally" marry.

Is polygamy really against the law? Christians who marry outside the state and church "legal" document system are not breaking the law and since where does the Word of God demand a marriage be under government contract and with final blessing of a minister "pronouncing" them man and wife? If this be the criteria then most marriages in the Bible are "illegal".


Christian polygynists
consider God is supreme in the matter of marriage since the marriage is between God and the participants, not between denominations, governments and participants. (Acts 5:29). Those who marry outside of State and "church" administration are not breaking the "laws of the Land".

Christians are returning to God's Scriptural guidelines about
marriage and the Word says polygamy has always been lawful before God.

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