Can Men Have 2 Wives? — Cam Newton, Jude 3 Project

There’s a crop of Black men who insist on believing that the Bible allows men to have multiple wives simultaneously. They mostly point to King David and his son Solomon and say, “See, look. Told you.”

If we want to create marriages that are designed by scripture, we have to look at Yah’s design for marriage. 

We cannot just look at what’s recorded and assume God was giving it a green light. Remember, the old testament is a series of biographies and events woven into one big epic story. We also have to look at the take-home messages from these stories, plus what scripture commands and the pattern of results and reactions. 

5 Ways God communicates through scripture: prophesies, prescriptions, precedents, patterns, principles

Polygamy Is a Violation of Yahweh’s Intended Design for Marriage. Here’s why:

The creation story in Genesis is the template for how Yahweh wanted his creation to function. His initial design for marriage was one man and one woman cleaving together to become one flesh. He even describes this union as how we’re made in his image.

Genesis 1-2

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which ison the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[o] shall surely die.”

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He ]made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23 And Adam said:

“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Malachi chapter 2 explains why the two becoming one is so important: “Yahweh seeks Godly offspring.” (Malachi 2:13-16)

Malachi 2:13-16

And this is the second thing you do:
You cover the altar of the Lord with tears,
With weeping and crying;
So He does not regard the offering anymore,
Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
14 Yet you say, “For what reason?”
Because the Lord has been witness
Between you and the wife of your youth,
With whom you have dealt treacherously;
Yet she is your companion
And your wife by covenant.
15 But did He not make them one,
Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one?
He seeks godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

16 “For the Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.”

The only man Yah allowed to have multiple wives was King David. No other man before or after him got this green light. Some like to say that because Yahweh does not immediately address polygamy among the patriarchs that he must be okay with it. We see this same argument with other violations today—that because Yahweh is not immediately responding he must be okay with it. But when you look at the context of many of the polygamous men in the other Old Testament examples we see a lot of deception and strife involved. For example:

 Lamech, the first recorded man with two wives, was a jerk who had a defiant attitude towards Yahweh, like his grandfather Cain (Genesis 4:19-24).

Genesis 4:19-24

Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. 20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. 22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of[g] bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.

23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
    wives of Lamech, hear my words.
I have killed a man for wounding me,
    a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times,
    then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

Abraham was coerced into taking a concubine by his desperate barren wife, Sarah (Genesis 16). This is a direct violation of Yahweh’s instructions. If you’re watching the conflict in the Gaza strip, you can see that we’re still dealing with the consequences today.

Genesis 16

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,[a]
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward[b] all his brothers.”

Jacob was deceived — and you could argue sexually assaulted — and coerced into taking an additional wife. Those wives coerced him into taking the two concubines (Genesis 29:15-35). It figures he’d go along with it, because his character generally displays a failure of leadership. His two wives basically couldn’t stand each other and disrupted the peace in their family.

Genesis 29

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant. 30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[b] for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”

33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.[c]

34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.[d]

35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.[e] Then she stopped having children.

Esau took two foreign wives and they caused drama between him and his parents. (Genesis 26:34)

Genesis 26:34

 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

Elkanah only took another wife because his real wife, Hannah, was barren. He didn’t even like his other wife, and the two wives couldn’t stand each other. (1 Samuel 1:1-8).

1 Samuel 1:1-8

There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

Solomon was the most flagrant — and the most tragic — polygamist. He ruined his life and destroyed his kingdom because of it. (1 Kings 11).

1 Kings 11

11 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not [a]loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom[b] the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a [c]high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, 10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded. 11 Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.

I have no idea why any man would want to emulate this pattern.

Yahweh still used these men for righteousness in spite of their messed up families, not because of them. We cannot interpret God’s tolerance and regulation of this practice as acceptance.

We Follow Yahweh’s Word, Not Man-made Examples

Humans invented polygamy, not Yah. And Lamech, the first man to introduce polygamy to humanity, was a clown. Instead of looking at man-made examples, we know Yah’s will by his word. His word supersedes everything.

That means if a prophet, an angel, an elder, or patriarch conflicts with Yahs’ word, the word wins.

Paul himself says that even if an angel from heaven promotes something against the word, that angel should be cursed (Galations 1:6-9). There’s a story in 1 Kings 13 that also highlights this precept when a prophet gets false instructions from another prophet. Yah kills him because he listened to his fellow prophet over his word.

Galations 1:6-9

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

1 Kings 13

And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the Lord has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.”So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LordThen the king answered and said to the man of God, “Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.”So the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as before. Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.”But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’ ” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.

11 Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen which way the man of God went who came from Judah. 13 Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it, 14 and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”And he said, “I am.15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.”16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. 17 For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’ ”18 He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (He was lying to him.)19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water.20 Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back; 21 and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, 22 but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the Lord said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’ ”

23 So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back. 24 When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse. 25 And there, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse. Then they went and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

Christ’s Word Is The Bottom Line & The Final Answer

Out of his own mouth, Jesus, Yeshua Hamashiach, shuts down any other concept of marriage when he responded to a question about divorce by confirming his father’s word in Matthew 19:1-4: Marriage is one man and one woman becoming one flesh. He’s re-establishing his father’s original design as the precedent for marriage. Two can’t become one if there are three. And one man can’t become one with two women, unless he clones himself. So, regardless of what those patriarchs did, what Moses said, or how blessed they were, Christ’s word is the bottom line and final answer. End of discussion.

Matthew 19:1-4

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.

The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Jesus and the apostles never discuss marriage using any plural words for the wife or husband. It is always singular. Unless we believe Jesus is careless with his words, we can conclude he meant what he said. Paul even says leaders must be the husband of one wife (1 Timothy 3). This echoes what Yahweh said about kings not taking many wives (Deuteronomy 17:17). King David and his son, King Solomon, directly violated this.

1 Timothy 3

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 17:14-18

14 “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.

18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.

Yeshuah also parallels his relationship with his followers with the marriage between bride and groom. There is no room in this illustration for an additional wife.

1 Timothy 3

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a [e]novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself 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 [i]mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.

Also, we live in the United States, and men cannot legally marry multiple women. As Christ followers, we are commanded to respect the laws of the authorities where we live (Romans 13:1-2). So, even though these men may call their other woman a wife, she is not legally be a wife. None of the advantages and protections of marriage will go to the second wife: You can’t file taxes with both wives; you can’t identify both of them as beneficiaries on any bank accounts or properties, and if you get into a coma, the medical team will only consult your legal wife about pulling the plug. Men with two women are basically playing house with the second one, and turning her into a glorified side piece. He’s also an adulterer because he’s cheating on his first wife.

Romans 13:1-2

 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Following Yahweh’s intended design is important because he has a pattern of putting premium status on husband-wife marriage. To back this up, here’s an excerpt from my wife’s book, Break the Cycle: Patterns Black Women Must Unlearn from Our Single Mothers.

When God wants to transform humanity, his tool of choice is a powerhouse husband-wife team. 
There are certainly plenty of devoted singles, but he has a pattern of using married couples consistently, especially when he wants to do something transformative.
 
When he wanted to start humanity, he started with Adam and Eve. In Genesis 1:26–27, God even says that this specific design bears his image. Husband-wife relationships are part of how we’re like him. 
When Adam and Eve’s descendants mess up, God drowns them all and starts over with four husband-wife teams: Noah, his three sons, and all their wives. He even repopulates the animals through one male and one female of each kind. When he’s ready to reveal himself as the one true God, he calls on Abraham and Sarah. When he’s ready to lead his people out of slavery and into their own nation, Moses leads, with his quick-thinking wife Zipporah in the background, covering his blind spots. 

Fast forward a few generations and the whole nation destroys itself because the kings dismiss the husband-wife design. Instead, they take on multiple wives who lead them to worship fake, satanic gods. They end up getting colonized, enslaved, and kicked out of their own country. (Sound familiar, Black people?) 

When God is ready to transform humanity and fix the Hebrews’ mess with a new contract (aka the New Testament), he again calls on husband-wife teams: Zechariah and Elizabeth raise the most powerful prophet who ever lived, John the Baptist. Then, he calls on Joseph and Mary to give birth to Jesus. 
An all-powerful God could easily have had Jesus float out of the sky or something. But he didn’t do that. He pulled out his tool of choice, his hammer: A husband-wife team. The leader of that team is a hus- band on beast mode who unapologetically follows God’s instructions like GPS and a wife who’s all in, riding shotgun. Jesus even describes his followers as “his bride.” 

This pattern shows that marriage is a ministry tool. 

Those men who are practicing or promoting polygamy are likely trying to gratify their own flesh rather than glorify Yah. As the end times approach, we don’t have time for that.

Here’s a discussion from the Jude 3 Project that breaks down some of the twisted arguments that misguided Black men—usually with a roster of baby mamas and side pieces—use to defend polygamy. They are not looking to honor Yahweh or serve as priests in their household to produce holy children. They are misusing scripture to justify their own reckless behavior.

Cam Newton, Polygamy and the Bible

Take Home Messages & Reflection Questions
gray check box icon The Bible has a pattern of portraying polygamous relationships as the main cause of generational family dysfunction. If you spread your bloodline among more than one woman, you are inviting generational drama (plus custody battles, child support hearings, STDs, wage garnishments).

gray check box icon Look at the character of the men today who claim the Bible promotes polygamy. Are they Christ followers, or clowns? Are they devoted men or devious?

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  1. I just love that finally we can come together and trust each other.
    There is power in numbers. It doesn’t matter how much a man knows, “Alone, one is weak.” Vs. “Together, we are strong.”

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