of plural marriage talk about Godís permissive will which, by
implication must be lesser or opposed to His
good and/or perfect will;
not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind, to prove by you what is that good, pleasing and
perfect will of God.
speaks of God's will which is good pleasing and perfect but some see
this as three varying levels and then add the fourth; God's permissive
God's permissive will is a non-scriptural phrase but widely accepted as
Opponents of polygyny resort to the "permissive will" defense when
forced to acknowledge that polygyny exists. In their view, wicked man
married more than one wife and God, forced into submission by man's
wayward actions, reluctantly permitting these imperfect will marriages.
Does God "permit" Himself to do wickedly?
Those who use this phrase unwittingly cast a shadow over God's own attitude and actions to polygyny when we
read in Ezekiel 23 that he had two wives in a figure.
Yes, the Lord has two wives.
Does this mean
that God actually did something that was not good, or not according to His own
pleasing will? Did He give Himself permission to act outside His
perfect will? Did God permit Himself to have more than one wife even
though He was not really happy with polygyny? Did God act in some lesser
way than he should have and then permit Himself the privilege?
God made laws for polygyny, commanded polygyny as a means of restoring
lost inheritance and will use it again to
plant Israel with the seed of man, this
is not God permitting polygyny, this is God revealing His approval; His
good, pleasing and perfect will for this marriage.
polygamy was just a ďpermissionĒ of God, then it should strike us as
strange that God gave laws ordaining it, and of His own volition granted
plural wives to David, (Deut.25:5-6,
2 Sam.12:8). If God only wants a perfect
will known and applied, then he promoted a lesser of His own wills if
"permissive will" exponents are to be believed.
Here are some
alternative renderings of the Romans passage;
Do not be conformed to this world,
but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you
may be able to determine what God's will is-what is proper, pleasing,
be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, for your proving what is the will of God--the good, and
acceptable, and perfect. YLT.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God's will isóhis good, pleasing and perfect will.
will is proper, pleasing and perfect but for those who cling to three
levels of Godís will let them produce one verse which clearly says
polygamy is only Godís permissive will.
The permissive will argument is another profane invention by the
desperate to find something against polygyny.
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