Multiple Wives & Adultery


Introduction

Do those individuals who get divorced and remarried live in the perpetual sin of adultery? Does the Scripture say anything about this so-called issue of chronic adultery as sometimes portrayed and perpetuated by the Church as a reality?

Old Testament Heroes

Several Old Testament figures had many wives, King David, King Solomon, Joseph, and Jacob. However, Scripture teaches that man was to have only one wife at a time if he were a leader.

In 1 Timothy 3:2a, it says,

2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife.

The example is God, bringing to Adam only one woman, Eve. So, the question is, did these men of old live in perpetual sin, no? However, what we do see from multiple wives is a never-ending problem that plagued their lives. One wife wants this, another wife wanting something else, and it went on and on to the point of ad nauseam, this was not God’s plan, for the family, for there is no unity with multiple wives, only disunity.

In Genesis 2:18, it says,

18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

In Genesis 2:21-24, it says,

21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man and brought her to the man. 23 The man 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, For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

One can make a point that God took one rib exclusively, and this one rib could represent only one woman at a time. Thus, unity can only be achieved in marriage, with one man and one woman together as husband and wife. Unity above all in Marriage is God’s goal.

The Sin of Adultery

In Matthew 19:9, is says,

9 “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

If a spouse is discovered to be immoral, is not the innocent party allowed to remarry without consequences of adultery attached to them? If the answer is yes, then why does the Church, in general, hold them back? Many times pastors who ended up in a divorce and the innocent party had to promise never to remarry if they wish to remain a pastor, why?

One can only wonder why the Church puts men in a situation to burn in lust. Is it to see them fail and then the Church can say, it is because of your divorce why you have failed? One could easily and without difficulty, assume that is what they desire. This author was a guest speaker at one Fellowship, and the head deacon and I were talking, and he told me, to even have a divorced person in the pulpit would contaminate it. This so-called contamination is saying to all that the individual’s salvation experience means nothing and that God has not fully forgiven them.

The Question Is

Why is it so easy for the Fellowship to forgive a murderer, a thief, a liar, a rapist or any other sin, but they cannot forgive someone divorced and remarried? If an individual commits homicide, they will always be a murderer; this will not change even if they never commit this crime again. It is the same with any sin against God; there are no exceptions. All people are sinners, yet each sin has a name, and that is what we are for the rest of our lives.

Arrogance in the Leadership

An example of this arrogance is the rude talk given by many leaders of the Baptists Fellowship concerning the Mormons, at their Annual Convention in Utah several years ago; this is the same egotism of the Jewish Pharisees at the time of Jesus. They may attempt to deny this, but the proof is in the records if one but looks.

In Luke 18:10-14, it says,

10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!‘ 14 “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Visualize being told that “you cannot have God’s best,” because of divorce and remarriage, think of the mental anguish it would put you through. If this was true, then God does not totally forgive and forget what we have done, and the blood of Jesus was for nothing. This arrogant behavior on the part of the leadership has kept many a good man from doing God’s will. I tell you this that every gift one receives from God is the BEST that He gives.

In James 1:16-17, it says,

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing was given, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Whatever God gives you is His absolute best for you. The Church in America is full of egotist who, call themselves Christians or leaders. Who, control the Church with an iron-fisted dictatorship, and this is one of the primary reasons for the weakness that is in the Church today. However, no one will voice this opinion for fear of being called a heretic.

God and Forgiveness

When one confesses his or her sin, God has forgiven and has forgotten them.

In Psalm 103:11-14, is says,

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. 14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

In 1 John 1:9, is says,

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Therefore, God says that He will remove ALL of our sins if we but ask Him. The real question is who do these leaders think they are when they block a man from serving God in the Pulpit or a woman serving as a Sunday school teacher when they are 100% forgiven by God.

Conclusion

All individuals who wish to serve God must be forgiven by Him, and not living in sin. The Church should not rule that a person is residing in an adulterous state if they remarried because they may have asked for forgiveness from God. There is no Biblical evidence to support this beyond any reasonable question that a divorced person is ineligible, to preach the Gospel. Please do not try to attempt to use, First Timothy as the proof text as I have already demonstrated why there should be only one wife at a time. This book says nothing about divorce and remarriage and serving God.

In 1 Timothy 3:2a, it says,

2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife.

I believe that is referring to one wife at a time. If a man’s wife dies, and he remarries, he has had two wives, and according to this scripture, he could no longer be a preacher. That is if you follow the Church’s interpretation, of this verse and not what it is actually saying.

Sola Scriptura– By Scripture Alone

Sola Fide– By Faith Alone

Sola Gratia– By Grace Alone

Solus Christus– By Christ Alone

Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God Alone

Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2017

All quotes are from the: New American Standard Bible, ©1995, Or King James 1611

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About Dr. George Gallant

I have had the opportunity to work in many fields in my life, and excelled in all of them. I started as a mechanic in the Army then went to the Infantry in Vietnam. After returning to America, I worked as a mechanic for a few more years off and on until I found a position as a Dialysis Technician until I became a Chief specialist in a major Boston hospital. In 1981, I became a Police Office in a small town in Northeast Georgia and continued to work with law-enforcement for seven years. I also preached the Word of God in the Toccoa community and wished that I could have found a church that would have taken me on to preach every week. In 1993, I became a computer programmer for many years and loved that job much. In 2003, my wife came down with the worst breast cancer one could get, so I retired and took care of her until her passing in 2006. Then in 2007, I moved to China and started teaching both verbal English and American History to high-school students; this by far was the best job I ever had. Sola Scriptura– By Scripture alone Sola Fide– By Faith alone Sola Gratia– By Grace alone Solus Christus– By Christ alone Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God alone
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