Friday, October 18, 2013

Does the Bible Condone Polygamy--Part 4: New Testament Marriage

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In the previous portions of this series, we've examined various marriages in the Old Testament and how God dealt with them.

Today we take a look at what God says about marriage in the New Testament.

Husbands and wives are a large topic in the New Testament.  Both have their own commandments, and are a topic in multiple books within the New Testament.

First we look at Matthew 19:4-6

(4) And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read , that he which made them at the beginning
made them male and female,
(5 )And said , For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
(6)  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together , let not man put asunder .

Our leadership within the church has some pretty strict guidelines for marriage.  You'll see that there is no sign of more than one spouse in these verses that give requirements.....  

This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Our pastors and deacons are held to a high standard, in marriage, home life, public life.  They are husbands to one wife, not many wives.  We are also called to be ministers of the gospel, each individually under the leadership of a pastor in a local church, it is our job to go out and get the gospel out to as many as we can...are we not to hold to a high standard as those who are put in leadership over us?  Why would God give such a standard to those He chooses to preach His Word in the church, but not expect those of us in the pew to do the same?  That would be hypocritical of our Lord, and that isn't in His nature.  

The New Testament shows where our marriages are one man and one woman.  It's spelled out directly in I Timothy.  Titus, I Corinthians, and other books give husbands and wives commands on how to treat one another, how to work with one another, but never is there mention of how to treat multiple wives.  

What are your thoughts as we pause here at I Timothy?  Do you believe the Bible condones polygamy?

Day 4:  Old Testament Examples
Day 3:  The First Polygamous Marriage
Day 2:  The First Marriage
Day 1:  Introduction

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  1. What a wonderful read this morning. Bless you friend.

  2. Thank you dear friend! I hope this series has been of help to someone, somewhere.... This isn't normally a topic I'd write about, but the Lord worked on me for a few weeks until I sat down and did it. :)


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