We see in the scripture the examples of where polygamy was allowed but got the man into a heap of trouble with Yahweh in the end, i.e. David, Solomon. Aside from these examples in scripture, can you tell me why polygamy is wrong today?"
Is polygamy found in the Word? Yes. Is polygamy what Yahweh intended when He created a man and woman for marriage? No. Is polygamy how Yahweh defines a family? No. Did Yahweh give Adam more than one wife? No. Did he ever tell Adam he could have more later? No.
Genesis 2:24 defines marital boundaries: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Notice the singular "wife," not "wives." Yahweh never intended a man to have more than one wife.
What Yahweh may have allowed in the Old Testament (because of man’s hard heart) Yahshua raised the bar on in the New. Yahshua said even to look on a woman with lust is committing adultery, Matthew 5:28. How can lusting after another woman be adultery if additional wives are allowed?
The following passages are meaningless if Yahweh approves of polygamy:
• Matt. 19:9: "And I say unto you, Whoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery…" In Yahweh’s eyes the man is still married to the woman. But the sin of adultery is irrelevant if polygamy is sanctioned.
• 1Tim. 3:12: "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."
Elders and deacons set the standard of behavior for the whole assembly. A key to that standard is one wife, a truth the next reference reinforces.
• 1Tim. 3:2: "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach." The limit of one wife per man is Yahweh’s prerequisite for sacred office and anything less disqualifies a man from pastoral positions.
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