Bible Polygyny

He said to them, Because of your hard-heartedness Moses allowed you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not so. Mat 19:8


It is essential we read the verse above because opponents claim that polygamy was the result of sin and the hardness of menís hearts.

Matt19:8 speaks of divorce, not polygamy. How anyone can use this passage to describe polygynists as "hard hearted" is a matter to be deplored and regretted.

Is it any wonder when such plain contexts are ignored that ignorance abounds within the Christian community in the matter of polygamous marriage and there are many teachers who, denying righteousness with deception, should heed this warning:

Isa 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness;

In Mark 3, the Lord is grieved by the hardness of menís hearts who opposed healing on the Sabbath, likewise by those disciples who did not believe the reports of His resurrection Mk.16:14. In Romans 2:5 Paul condemns those who judge others but do the same things themselves, but polygamists are never rebuked as sinners or hard-hearted servants.

It is rather interesting that God gave David his master's wives and declared David a "man after His own heart", see 1Sam.1314 and Acts 13:22. If God had two wives in a figure (Ez.23), and gave David extra wives then in so doing God does not declare polygyny an act of hard heartedness, unless God himself has a hard heart. If polygynous David was a man after God's own heart, then so can many other past, present and future polygynous families.

For about 1500 years the faithless and disobedient in Israel refused to hear the Word of God and obey it being described as having hearts uncircumcised (
Lev.26:41) as they were also described by Stephen;
Act 7:51-53  O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so you do. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?

Pro polygamists are not faithless or disobedient to the Word of God.

Since the ďchurchĒ turned from polygamy years after the New Testament Christians have blindly believed the lie that polygamy is a sin or the result of hard-hearted men and this falsehood still infects.

Monogamy and polygamy are not the results of sin or menís hard hearts.

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