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Polygamy and the Bible

The Liberated Christians group has made the following claims:
  • The Bible does not say anything against Pre-Marital Sex
  • The Bible does not say we should live in monogamous (only with one other person) marriages.
  • The Bible encourages Swinging, and Polygamous (more than one partner) relationships
  • Christians feel guilty because we want to fulfill our desires, and we are told it is wrong. Even though the Bible doesn't say so.

Now, just by these statements I, as I am sure most of you are, am astonished. However, to be fair, I wanted to examine their statements a bit further. So let's take a look at them, one by one:

The Bible does NOT Say Anything Against Pre-Marital Sex:

This group claims just the opposite, citing Old Testament verses stating that if a couple had pre-marital sex, they should simply get married (Exodus 22:16). No big deal, right?

However, by using these verses to back their argument, they are admitting that sex was something God wanted IN marriages, and not out of them. It was a big deal to God... big enough he said, Sex is a commitment to the other person. By committing this act, they are to become one (Genesis 2:24).

The second claim they make regarding Pre-Marital Sex, is that the Bible never prohibits it... instead the Bible uses the word "Fornication." They say that when Jesus refers to Fornication, he is not referring to pre-marital marriage, but rather to perverse acts.

However, the word Fornication only has ONE MEANING according to the Heritage Dictionary.

fornication (noun): sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other

This word, one that is mentioned 30 times in the New Testament, is referring to Pre-marital sex. And the Bible clearly tells us to avoid fornication (1 Thess. 4:3).

The Bible does NOT Say that we Should Live in a Monogamous Relationship...

Again, citing Old Testament Scripture where men would have several wives, this group claims that God wants us to have multiple partners. Whether we are married to them or not.

But again, the Bible says a little differently. We already know that Pre-marital sex is deemed as a sin, but the Bible goes one step further to clarify what it means... especially with the idea of having multiple partners:

If a man commits adultery with another man's wife?with the wife of his neighbor?both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death (Leviticus 20:10)

The keyword in this verse is the word Adultery, which according to the American Heritage Dictionary means:

Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse.

In other words, not only having relations with someone before you are married is wrong, but then having sexual relations WITH ANYONE who is not your LAWFUL Spouse is wrong!

The next argument is that Jesus freed us from this law, so we do not have to follow this... right?

WRONG! Jesus said that if you divorced your wife [unless she was cheating on you] and married another woman, that you had committed adultery against her! (Matthew 19:9)

And to clear things up even more, the Bible makes it very clear that God wants us to devote ourselves sexually to our partner, and only our partner. As it says in 1 Corinthians 1:2:

Let every man have his own wife, and every woman have her own husband.

The Bible Encourages Swinging and Polygamy...

Another argument is that the Bible says the following: "Wives be submissive to your Husbands..."

However, this argument takes a valid verse out of its context. This verse is something that is being said to the whole group... It is the equivalent of someone saying "Ladies and Gentlemen" at a theater performance. It is a casual way to address everyone... not a encouragement to practice polygamy.

In fact, when talking specifically to one person, the term 'wives' or the term 'husbands' is not used once in the New Testament. Instead, Ephesians 5:28b reads:

He who loves his wife, loves himself.

In this reference, having a single wife is shown as an expectation, and not as an 'unwanted, unnatural practice' as this group claims.

The Apostle Paul makes this expectation very clear in his letter to Timothy, where he states the expectations of Overseers and Deacons (the leaders of the church).

In 1 Timothy 3:2, he states:

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife...

And in 1 Timothy 3:12 he continues regarding deacons:

A deacon must be the husband of but one wife...

This is again repeated in Titus (1:6), showing that the expectation for a Christian relationship is not one that is polygamous, but one that monogamous... one between one man and one wife.

Christians feel guilty because they have been told our Natural Desires are Wrong... this isn't true!

The last claim this group makes is that the fundamental, traditional, Christian world places these politically correct and not Biblical restrictions on members today.

So far we have seen that all of their statements have in fact gone against what the Bible says. Instead they use Old Testament examples, and New Testament verses deliberately taken out of context to show their points. In essence, they have perverted the scripture to support their ideas.

But what about this last one... Are Christians being fed traditional ideas, and not Biblical ones? Is the natural lust for another woman/ man, or wanting to have sexual relations with another person wrong?

Again, this group claims Absolutely Not! It is what God has intended, but the Son of God, Jesus Christ had this to say:

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

He says that by our thoughts, and by our lusts, we have committed a sin that in the Old Testament was punishable by DEATH.

He is saying that we ARE breaking Gods Law... we are disobeying him... and by our THOUGHTS we ARE sinning.

Final Thoughts
Nowhere in the Bible does it state that Polygamy, Swinging, Pre-Marital Sex, or other Sexual Perversions are Acceptable to God. No where does it teach that a man is suppose to fulfill his sexual desires with those he loves.

The Bible teaches us to have one wife (or husband if you are a woman), and to be faithful. Not to cheat on her, even in our hearts! But rather to be just as devoted to her, as we are to ourselves.
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