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Let me share a snippet from an article that was published on March 17, 2004, by a Christian group called “Agape Press.” The article written by Bill Fancher and Jenni Parker carried this headline:

 “Same Sex Marriage Opens Door For Polygamy. Family Experts Warn.”

This is how the article began: “Pro-family advocates are worried that legalizing homosexual marriage will lead to other perversions of the family. They feel there is concern among defenders of traditional marriage that legalizing same sex marriage could lead to a push for polygamy.”

The article then went on and shared quotes from people such as Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council who also expressed fear that homosexual marriage could lead toward the legalization of polygamy.

I want you to notice that in the previous quote the authors of the article referred to polygamy as a perversion of the family ! Put your thinking cap on for a moment and answer this question: “What would you call a person who practices perversion?” I donʼt know about you, but the label I would put on a person who practices perversion would be the word “pervert.”

If polygamy is a perversion, that would mean that David was a pervert. That would also imply that God is also a pervert since God took credit for giving David his many wives. I donʼt know about you, but I am not at all comfortable with even hinting that there is anything perverted about God.

I do, however, believe that perhaps the biblical view of marriage has become perverted. I also believe that many within the church today are far more concerned with holding on to tradition rather than biblical truth (in many areas, not just marriage).

Take a glance back at the article I quoted from “Agape Press” and you’ll find that, like James Dobson, they intentionally used the phrase “traditional marriage” rather than the phrase “biblical marriage.”

Tradition may call polygamy a perversion, but Godʼs Word never does.

B.A. Berean

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