“I am not a criminal,” proclaimed Joe Darger, a Utah man who has three wives and helped organize the rally. “If you commit adultery, that’s not a felony. It’s only a crime when you have a family and you pretend to be married” (quoted by Michelle Price, “Polygamous Families Protest Bigamy Law at Utah Capitol,” Associated Press, Feb. 10, 2017).
Though God did not specifically prohibit polygamy in the Old Testament period, this was not His ideal for marriage. Jesus Christ showed from Genesis the original intent as one man united with one woman (Matthew 19:1-6 Matthew 19:1-6 1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came to him, tempting him, and saying to him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said to them, Have you 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 join to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh?
6 Why they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.
American King James Version×). Being the husband of one wife was a requirement for ordination to the position of deacon or elder in the Church (1 Timothy 3:2 1 Timothy 3:2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
American King James Version×; 1 Timothy 3:12 1 Timothy 3:12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
American King James Version×; Titus 1:6 Titus 1:6If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
American King James Version×).
It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming years. In a society in which nearly any kind of sexual relationship is celebrated, it’s frankly surprising that polygamy remains illegal. As one quote in the article said, “If we were gay, we’d be OK.”
The U.S. government had no problems opening the doors to same-sex marriage, which clearly violates the Word of God. And it seems only a matter of time before polygamy and many other types of marital arrangements are legalized. Confusion abounds when we don’t rely on understanding from God, the Source of wisdom.
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