Let the Bible Speak

        Polygamists exist in the world today, and their souls are precious in the sight of the Lord. What shall be done when they hear the word, believe it, repent of the sins they know of, and are baptized?

        Probably most men have several wives in order to (1) find sexual satisfaction, (2) show their ability to collect a group of women about them, and (3) sire a great number of children. All these reasons have to do with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. ( l John 2:16)

        In Genesis 1.27 we find that ..... God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them. Notice, please, that God created one man and one woman, not one man and several women.

        In Matthew 19.4-6 Jesus reinforced this by stating, Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and he said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no more two but one flesh...

        God did not refer to a man and his WIVES, but to a man and his WIFE. Some say this is merely the ideal; however, not one verse of scripture is given to back up this claim.

        It is impossible for a man to become "one flesh" with several different women!

        We all know that Jesus promised to build just ONE CHURCH. (Matt. 16.18.) Literally, this passage reads, ... and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against HER... (Emphasis added.) Jesus looked on His church as His bride. And the Spirit and the bride say come... Rev. 22 17.) God created one husband and one wife (Adam and Eve), and Jesus created one husband and one bride (Himself and the church).

        In Eph. 5.22-23 Paul speaks of wives being in subjection to their husbands--each wife to her own husband. Each time Paul speaks of "husband" (singular), he speaks of "wife" (singular). When he speaks to all, he uses the plural.

        In verse 31 he returns to the statement that a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

        Verse 32 says, This mystery is great: but I speak in regard of Christ and the church. Paul uses the example of one husband and one wife to illustrate one Christ (the husband) and one church; he also says that a man has a right to as many wives as Christ has churches.

        The problem is that man has gone beyond what Cod allows and has many alliances. His PRIMARY DUTY is to his first (only legitimate) wife; all other "wives" are not wives; yet, he is responsible for their physical (not sexual) care; furthermore, he may have sired children by these other "wives." He has the responsibiity to care for them as long as they need his nurture and care.

        Since a man has a right to as many wives as the Lord has churches, and since the Lord has only one church, a man has a right to only one wife.

        Brethren, may we return to God's way in all things.