Serving an international
Vol. 10 No. 5 May 2008
Then, There Is Polygamy
By D. Gene West
From time to time, both the printed media and the television come up with news clips on the practice of polygamy in such places as Utah, Nevada and other western states that come under the influence of a large cult that, until it was outlawed by the Federal Government in 1890, practiced polygamy openly according to the teaching of their Prophet. This prophet himself practiced polygamy, as did his successors, until the law passed by the U. S. Congress outlawed it. That it is still practiced today cannot be doubted in light of what we see documented on TV and other places. However, members of this large American cult are not the only people in the world to practice these “plural marriages.” It is practiced commonly among those who embrace Islam, as well as other so-called world religions. However, usually in Islam there is a limit placed on the number of wives a man may have—that limit being four at a time.
However, all this is beside the point if God endorses polygamy. If God commanded, or even authorized, plural marriages, then we should be permitted to engage in that kind of behavior with no penalty whatsoever, because those of us who practice monogamy (one wife at a time) are wrong in our practice and the others are correct.
Marriage, like every other aspect of life, is well
regulated by the Word of God, that book we call the Bible. Jesus taught
Is polygamy to be considered a sin in our time? When one accumulates all the evidence of the Bible on this vital subject and looks it over very carefully, he can answer with a resounding, “Yes!” Did God communicate with the original “prophet” of this rather large cult on the matter of polygamy? Dear reader, God never communicated with this man on anything, and there is not one of his followers on earth today who can prove He did. When you keep pressing them for proof, they tell you to pray for wisdom. We pray for wisdom constantly, and God has revealed nothing to us that is not found in his holy Book—the Bible. These dear people need to surrender what they cannot prove, and come to the Word of God accepting it and it alone as their guide in all matters spiritual.