I am always coming up with new article ideas, but somehow, lately, very few of them get written.
When I hear preachers preaching error, I want to correct them, but then I have to ask myself “Do I really want to go there?” Do I want to rock the boat again?
Really I don’t! I hate having people angry with me, especially “men of God”, but my first commitment is to God Himself, and my commitment to people, even His people, must be to a lesser extent. How can I help them if I keep my mouth closed and say nothing?
“But what if I’m wrong?” I ask myself. “What if I got everything wrong in all my studying of the Scriptures?”
When I published The Spirit of Prophecy nine years ago, I placed a challenge in it; “Prove me wrong with a plain-sense reading of the bible and I will withdraw this book from publication.”
That’s a simple enough statement to understand, isn’t it?
There have been a handful of people who have stated that I am wrong, but none of them have been sincere enough to prove it from the Scriptures! Of all the people who have bought my book, none of them has taken the time to prove me wrong; either they agree with me, or they just don’t care. I hope they agree, because they have studied these passages for themselves!
You see, I came to the conclusion that God is not opposed to the practice of polygyny, of one man marrying several women.
This is not about me! I am still married to the one woman I was married to when I came to these conclusions. In fact while it is not wrong for a man to marry two women, per se, it would be wrong for me! Why? Because I made a promise to her, when I married her, that there would be no one else.
Jesus said “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Matthew 5:37
Actually it is all about God! I mean the God of the bible, not the God that many have invented in their own minds!
Have you ever read through Jeremiah chapter 3? In this chapter God compares Himself to a man with multiple wives. As you read this, keep in mind that Israel and Judah had been separate nations, at the time this was written, for several hundred years;
1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the Lord.
2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.
4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?
5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
You could be forgiven for thinking that this is about the whole nation combined, although the context would dictate that this is specifically about the northern kingdom of Israel, but keep on reading;
6 The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
As you get to verse 7 ask yourself “who is this treacherous sister of Israel?” and “If God’s wife Israel has a sister, why would Israel’s husband be concerned with what his sister-in-law is doing?”
But you see, in verse 8, God is married to both of these sisters! God considers Himself to be a bigamist! In fact this Bigamist has been hurt by both of His wives; Israel was unfaithful and received a bill of divorce, but Judah pretended to be faithful, remained married to Him, but was secretly having affairs! In fact His anger with Israel was less than His anger with Judah, because at least Israel was consistent!
God still hates inconsistency! This is why He says…
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” I Peter 4:17
The end of unbelievers is terrible, but He will start his judgment with the unfaithful professors of Christ! (The faithful believers will be taken out of harm’s way in the rapture, but His wrath rests upon those who claim to be faithful even when they see the rapture and explain it away!)
But back to our subject…
12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever.
13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Notice in verse 12, that He is calling those He has divorced, back to Himself! (Israel was in the north) God does not believe in divorce, because marriage is for ever!
Notice also in verse 14, that “children” is in the plural! So is the old English “you”. God is married to everyone in Israel, not merely to the nation as a whole!
In the New Testament, God marries the Christian Church, His third wife, but in the same way as is His relationship with Israel, His relationship with each believer is a one-to-one relationship!
So, please don’t let your Pastor tell you that God is against polygamy; God is the divine Polygamist!
Remember the command that God gave in the beginning, middle, and end of the bible. God doesn’t waste words; He repeats things for emphasis;
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:6
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
As Christians we are called to spiritual faithfulness, even if it is not politically correct! It is far better to be biblically correct!
You see, those pastors who claim that God is opposed to polygamy are indeed adding to, and taking away from the Holy Scriptures! When they make these claims they are diminishing His character! They are also placing their congregation in harm’s way!
I will write about that next time! Lord willing.