Monday, November 12, 2012

Does the New Testament teach that Polygamy is a Sin?

What is Polygamy?
  • Polygamy : “The practice or custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time.” (
    • Certain belief systems and cultures support this practice as being acceptable.
    • There was even a time in the Bible when God apparently tolerated this kind of behavior.
      (ie. David and Solomon both had multiple wives).
    • Matthew 19:8,  Acts 17:30 show that there has been times in the past where God “overlooked” certain practices that He did not approve of.
What Does the New Testament Teach?
  • (Matthew 19:3-6)
    • Marriage is “one man and one woman for life”.
  • (Romans 7:1-3) 
    • If a women is “joined” to another man while her “husband” (singular) is alive, she is an sinning.
  • (1 Corinthians 7:2) 
    • “Husband” and “Wife” are both singular.
After examining these passages it appears to be very clear from the New Testament that God wants marriage to be between only one man and one woman.  

Question Submitted at the West Visalia Church of Christ Youth Forum
Post By Cliff Sabroe