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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Christian Polygamy

This was taken, to be fair, showing the other side of the fence, from http://www.biblicalfamilies.org/. A Christian based Community that believes in Plural Marriage. This is not my view, however, feeling that we were getting a bit one sided, trying to be fair.

Been watching TLC's 'Sister Wives'?

Have you been surprised how loving, and normal, they seem? Would you be surprised to learn there are many non-Mormon Christians who have felt God prompting them to live this way? Maybe you are curious and trying to figure out if this lifestyle truly can work. Or maybe you are a believer in Christ and you are witnessing all of the practical benefits but still trying to figure out how to make sense of this in light of the Bible. But you are asking yourself “Does the Bible, and it's Author, accept this?" Read on.

In the show Kody Brown makes this statement: “Love is to be multiplied not divided.” The idea of marriage, or a union with a male and female, transcends all religious, cultural, and ethnic boundaries. People from every nation or sphere of the world join together and partner with one another in order to build a family. More than 80% of cultures throughout history have also practiced some level of polygamy.

What does God say?

But the real question is: does Jesus Christ, the Lord of the universe, approve of this type of family where one man joins with more than one woman? We at Biblical Families, an evangelical organization dedicated to historical Christianity, see that the Bible teaches and approves of this type of idea of love multiplying. Both the OT and NT teach that God is honored by this type of lifestyle.

Throughout the OT many of God’s holy men lived a lifestyle where they multiplied God’s love. Men like Moses the writer of the first five books of the Bible had two women at the same time in a union, Abraham, who had at least two and maybe three at the same time, Jacob who had four in a union, and numerous others like Gideon, King David, and King Solomon. Likewise, in one place in the OT God even presents himself as in a union with two wives (Ezekiel 23:1-5,7,11). ***Bloggers note, I DO NOT believe this is what is being said there...Comments? What do you think it means?

The NT never alters this idea of love. The theme of love is carried forth by Jesus Christ whose teachings along with the apostles verified this lifestyle as holy, normal, and to be accepted. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, even represents the three types of lifestyles in the Bible. He lived for awhile in a celibate condition, he then died, arose again, and then joined himself to the first church ever birthed in history, the Jerusalem church, which represents a monogamous relationship, and then as other church bodies were birthed he joined or united with them thus displaying a love relationship or union with those multiple members that make up his one body, or family (see 1 Cor. 12:-20,27; Eph. 5:25; 1 Cor. 11:2).

How can this work?

So how can one family have multiple wives in it and there be peace, harmony, joy, satisfaction, and the blessings of the Lord in that family?

Here at Biblical Families we are teaching and sharing with people how this is possible. In the Christian faith this is not only possible but a very real testimony of the power of grace and the Holy Spirit working in the lives of those that believe. As the Bible says, where the Spirit of the Lord is there will be the fruit of the Spirit which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such things there is no law (Gal. 5:22).

So what is the answer to having a holy, harmonious, and God honoring marriage? The real issue is not how many wives are in the family. The deeper issue is and the focus the Bible has is upon the hearts of the members in the family. Is the head of the family, the man truly following Christ, loving like Christ, and leading as Christ leads? Is the lady or ladies under that man’s leadership following in the way we the saints follow Christ who loves his church? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 describes the ultimate issue: “Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” So explore the website links here, examine some of the teaching articles for some in depth biblical instruction, and make some new friends who may encourage you on towards a life of faith, hope, and love (1 Cor. 13:13) in the Lord who loves you and died on the cross in order to give you true life (John 10:10), a life of peace, joy, and contentment in Him!
We want to be clear: we are not Mormons, nor Muslims. We are Christians. We come from many different church backgrounds. We have no interest in underage or coercive marriages, or in any cult-like groups. We want to read the Bible for what it really SAYS, not what we have been incorrectly taught that it SHOULD say. We recognize that when half of all “Christian marriages” fail, and that rampant divorce and serial monogamy is considered preferable to actually following God’s Word, there is a problem.

**** I believe to each his own, but I don't believe that plural marriages always worked out so well in the bible, nor do they mention it says several times one man...one woman.  Mark me if I am wrong, but there are no plural marriages in the New Testament. Wasn't it to populate the earth? Could it serve a purpose now? It's not for me, but what do you think? 
Courtesy: http://www.biblicalfamilies.org/


  1. I don't believe that the christian culture promotes or believes in polygamy, and I feel that some people just use what verses that want to fit their style. Do I think god would send them to hell if they did it with good intentions and a holy spirit? no, I do not.

  2. 1 Corinthians 7:2 "let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband"
    Hard to deny this scripture and claim that you are still a Christian.

  3. Never is it said in the New Testament anything other than one wife/one husband.

  4. There is NO Christian tradition of polygamy - as in NONE. The apostles were not polygamists, Jesus was celibate, and there is NO RECORD OF ANY POLYGAMOUS MARRIAGE ANYWHERE IN THE New Testament, nor is there a record of polygamous marriages being performing by early bishops / elders / apostles of the church according to secular sources of the period.See non - canonical documents of the New Testament period which early Christians read and believed in - The Shepherd of Hermas, the Pseudo - Clementine letters, and The Dialog with Trypho - all document that the teachings of the apostles and earliest members of the church were STRONGLY OPPOSED TO POLYGAMY AS BEING MORALLY WRONG and contrary to the teachings of Christ. The "Biblical Families" group members are simply a group of pseudo Christian misogynists who want to have multiple girlfriends while claiming to be "married."

  5. Because polygamy existed in Old Testament times is no indication that it was God's will. There was no command to live it (despite Mormon Fundamentalist claims to the contrary). Slavery also existed during those times, and there are even biblical instructions on its regulation, but that does not prove slavery necessary or desirable. Polygamy was just part of the culture of the time, and a close reading of Bible shows the family troubles caused by it, and should be enough for us to give it a wide berth.

  6. Personally, I don't see Christian Polygamy, but, to each their own, if they don't involve the kids into their mess. FreeandClear said it well. there were many problems with Polygamy in the Old Testament.

  7. The Christian polygamists routinely involve the kids in their mess.

  8. PLEASE! There is no such thing as Christian Polygamy! Used to populate the earth in the beginning, then caused problems and we were told ONE man, ONE woman. Here's the thing, we all sin, in our own way. god can forgive them as he does us. BUT- Following Joseph Smith, hmm, might be a tad harder to get forgiven by. WHY do they put so much stock in that man!

  9. No such thing as Christian Polygamy.


  11. Hello!
    God Bless You! The polygyny is not sin!
    The Hero of Bible was living in polygamous family.
    I believe in a christian polygamy, and I want a big family. Christian girls, plese write me, if you are: 25-38 year, and 160-165 cm.
    God Bless all christians!!
    Kody Brown is my penpal friends! He is a hero!

    1. Do you have scriptures to prove this please

  12. Ivanyi,
    So you recruit women based on their age and their measurements ? I see that you really place a lot of importance on the spiritual aspects of your relationships. Do us a favor - don't recruit for your harem here.

  13. If not for polygamy Israel would never have exsisted. No were in the Bible does it ban polygamy except in the office of the Deacon. I love all the religious comments from people who don't read the Bible.

  14. I do not believe there is sucj a thing as Christian Polygamy. Another bunch skewing the bible's words.