|By Pastor Enoch Adeboye|
|Memorise: “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2)
Read: 1 Corinthians 7:1-2
|“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:9).
A Christian who is married but goes ahead to take a second wife, or keeps a mistress outside, or divorces and remarries is an adulterer. In the Old Testament, polygamy was allowed but not without its negative effects on family life. However, in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus brought us back to how it was from the beginning.
Certain practices such as polygamy and divorce were permitted then because of the hardness of their hearts. Having seen the negative effects of such on families, He came to put things right with His grace to support. Anyone who is married but still looks out for sexual gratification from any other woman is an adulterer and is heading for hell.
In Matthew 19:4-6, an equation is given: Two – a man and his wife shall be one flesh. Two, not three or four. This talks about a divine blend into oneness. No polygamous home is one before God because they have failed to meet with Heaven’s equation. It is when two become one that it becomes difficult to separate them. This is why most polygamous homes are faced with division and strife, and break faster than true two-some homes.
If you look at the early church, you will notice that polygamy was out of fashion, but the few who stuck with it were not given any meaningful spiritual assignment (1 Timothy 3:2). God did not make a man to be the husband of two or more wives. That is utter confusion! If your pastor or leader is the husband of more than one wife, run out of that assembly. If your pastor or prophet is married, but still keeps a mistress or freely sleeps with other women, he is a false prophet.
Run away from that assembly before he takes you to hell. A polygamist leader will look for various ways, including scriptures to justify his sin. Abraham was a polygamist but he made restitution concerning Hagar. Were you a polygamist before you got saved? Go to your pastor for counselling.
|Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life are the root causes of polygamy. Ask God to break their hold over you.|
|By Pastor Enoch Adeboye|
|Memorise: “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15)
Read: 1 Kings 11:1-10
|The polygamous home is anything but peaceful. Because polygamy is the contrivance of man, borne out of fleshly lusts, it negates God’s original plan of bringing a man and a woman together to become one (Matthew 19:3-9). Polygamy is one satanic medium of turning the home that was designed to be Heaven on earth into a war zone. Selfishness and self-centeredness are regular features in such homes. Polygamous homes are prone to in-house strife, quarrels, suspicion, division, envy, murder, etc.
God cannot be the author of polygamy when all its characteristics negate God’s glorious plans for the family. Whether you are a public or private polygamist, you are a bad role model. Parents are supposed to show good examples to their children and wards, but a polygamist by his action is making a statement that it is right to be a polygamist. Children of polygamists will require God’s grace not to be one.
Several broken homes can be traced to polygamy, which has become a silent breeding ground for rape, armed robbery, hired assassins, prostitution, ritual murders, etc. Some of these were rife in the polygamous home of king David. Polygamy steals the heart of the polygamist from God.
The numerous wives of king Solomon turned him from serving the Almighty God into serving several idols. Solomon became a devotee of the idols his numerous wives served (1 Kings 11:1-5). Any public or private polygamist can be sure that his heart is far flung from God. The polygamist is separated from God. It is a mark of greed and covetousness not to be faithful to one partner.
Find out, the one who says one wife is not enough and takes a second wife, will still be seeing a third, or fourth or more women outside. Polygamy is only an excuse to be loose. If you look at the polygamist, you will find greed manifesting in other areas of his life. The polygamist lays a foundation for his children to have broken marriages in the future. The church must eradicate both public and private polygamy. You have a part to play in this. Are you married? Remain faithful to your partner.
|If you are married to an individual, you have accepted his or her God. Polygamy turned king Solomon into the greatest idolater of his time.|