The Apostle speaks to the widows, the most worthy of charitable assistance. He did not advocate nunneries or houses for unwed mothers: he demanded marriage. Like other Biblical laws, no consideration or exception is made for situations involving married men. What would happen should a church find itself with widows but no single men? Obedience to this command would require polygamy. We have here a New Testament application of the levirate law. Christian men are to treat Christian women as sisters. If they are widowed, then they and their orphans should be adopted and incorporated into a family. If they are lawfully divorced, they are covenantally widowed and should be treated the same, as say the Early Fathers. This is the work of “pure religion” (James 1:27). Polygamy encourages this practice; monogamy discourages it.

 James Wesley Stivers
Eros Made Sacred
Patriarch Publishing House, 2007, p. 46

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