BOOM<br><br>POLYGAMY! POLYGAMY!! POLYGAMY!!!<br><br>You will all agree with me that one of the most controversial word in Christiandom today is POLYGAMY<br><br>Are you a religious scholar' a Pastor' a Theologian' a born again Christian'.......' <br><br>Please, feel free to constructively contribute, castigate, correct, admonishe, advice, preach........in accordance with the provisions of the Holy Bible (the word of God)<br><br>Before I go further, I will like you to have the following questions at the back of your minds.<br><br>1). Who was the first person to engage in the act of POLYGAMY according to the Bible'<br><br>2). Is POLYGAMY a sin in the Bible'<br><br>3). Did God in the Bible condemn POLYGAMY'<br><br>4). Those that according to the Bible engaged in POLYGAMY, are they in Hell'<br><br>5). What is the fate of the polygamous Children according to the Bible'<br><br>6). Is marriage a traditional act or religious act'<br><br>7). Why do Christians condemn POLYGAMY'<br><br>8. What are the effects of POLYGAMY in Christiandom'<br><br>9). Has God changed'<br><br>GEAR 1<br>Lamech was the first man to marry more than one wife, Gen 4:19<br><br>GEAR 2<br>Godly/Holy persons that engaged in POLYGAMY according to the Bible included Abdon, Judges 12:13-14; Abijah, 2 Chronicles 13-21; Abraham, Gen 16-1-3, Gen 25:1; Ahab, 1 kings 20:1-3; <br>Ahaseurus, Esther 1:9, <br>Ashur, 1 Chronicles 4:5, <br>Belshazzar, Daniel 5:2, <br>Ben-Hadad (who married Ahab's wives), Caleb, 1 Chronicles 2:18-19, David (had 8wives), 1 Samuel 18:27, 25:39, 25:42, 2 Samuel 3:5, 5:13, 12:7-8, 12:24. <br>Eliphaz, Gen 36:11-12. <br>Elkanah, 1 Samuel 1:1-2<br>Esau, Gen 26:34<br>Ezra, 4:17-18; <br>Gideon, Judges 8:30....and many more.<br><br>We had not fewer than 40 Godly and ungodly men that engaged in POLYGAMY from the Bible. Also, we had not less than 43 POLYGAMY cases from the Bible.<br><br>GEAR 3<br>Had God condemned POLYGAMY'<br>No! God NEVER did In all the POLYGAMY cases mentioned in the Bible, God did not condemn any axcept David who snatched Uriah's wife. God said to David ' in 2 Samuel 12:8; I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more." Why did God himself say so to David' <br><br>GEAR 4<br>Is POLYGAMY a sin'<br>Those that engage in POLYGAMY are they in hell'<br>Is Abraham in hell' (Luke 16:19-31)<br>Is Jacob in hell'<br>Is David, Solomon, Elkanah, Ezra.....@all, in hell'<br><br>GEAR 5<br>Does God permit POLYGAMY' The answer of course is Yes! In Genesis 21:10, God said If he (man) marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. In 2 Samuel 12:8. God Himself said to David ,"...I gave you your master Wives,. if you need more, I would have given you"<br><br>GEAR 6<br>What is the fate of the polygamous children' Condemned or<br>Favoured'<br>Why was Joseph, Samuel, Solomon.... Highly favoured'<br><br>GEAR 7<br>Before religion there was marriage.<br>Gen 1:26-28, Gen 2:18-25<br><br>The issue of Monogamy was purely the tradition of the western world whom were our religious colonial masters. In the land of the White, traditionally, rivalry is a taboo. But the Jews (Israelites) and the Edomites (the blacks) shares the same tradition. A widow is not allowed to be seen in the Street, but be remarried to their husbands relatives or friends, Gen 38.<br><br>GEAR 8<br>Why do Christians and the west now condemn the act of POLYGAMY'<br>The new testament may completely be the reason as it has responded almost seamlessly on POLYGAMY matters. The new testament talks about every aspect of Christian living except POLYGAMY. Mathew 19:3-9, Jesus spoke about God initial plan for man. He actually condemned divorce but did not mention POLYGAMY. Paul admonishment to Timothy on the act and how to elect Church leadership, just like the case of levites of old (Moses...), 1 Timothy 3. The point of contention here is, If there were no men with more than a wife in the Church, Paul Won't have mentioned it. Also in 1 Corinthians 7:39.<br><br>GEAR 9<br>Effects of POLYGAMY:<br>POLYGAMY has it merits and demerits in the society and Christiandom at large.<br><br>1). In the Society, the imMortality rate is high in the female folks compared to men. The number of girls birth rate is higher than that of men, and the number of men dead rate is higher than that of women. The number of widows keep increasing geometry adding up to the number of single women in the society.<br>This leads to increase of infidelity, adultery, fornication in the society compared to the days of our forefathers. So pathetic nowadays to see young single girls fighting with widows and women old to be their mum for the ownerships of a guy.<br><br>2). MONOGAMY has caused reduction in the population in the Christiandom. God says in Gen 1:28 'God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground'. But what do we have today' Christians going into family planning. The Israelites lived 430yrs only in Egypt, but Pharaoh became scared because of their rapid growth in population. I can't imagine that would happen if they were practicing Family planning Monogamy <br><br>3). There's increase in population of the youth. Very soon Our children, particularly daughters (that we are trying to protect today) will be used as sex slaves because monogamy would have denied them an opportunity to marry.<br>C.) There are millions of stranded women in the South and, may not likely get an husband forever because of argument against polygamy; whereas hardly can a women be stranded in the North; thanks to polygamy..<br><br>GEAR 10<br>Has God Changed'<br>God of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, .....the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the beginning and the end, the Alfa and Omega, He is the same yesterday, today and for ever; has not changed.<br><br>CONCLUSION<br>What is the way out'<br>Christians don't be "Paul when he was Saul'<br><br>Pastors, be careful what you preach on the pulpit about POLYGAMY as what you preach, instead of becoming light, rather, it is destroying Christianity<br><br>Hosea 4:6, 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. <br><br>"Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.<br><br>May the lord add blessing to this teaching... AMEN Click here to read full news..