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CHRISTIAN LIVING QUESTION 94
What does the Bible teach regarding Christians who remain in polygamous unions after conversion to Christ? Should they separate?
In a survey taken among Christians it was revealed that 60% approved the practice of living common law; an alarming and sad result indeed. God is very clear that sexual relations outside of wedlock is sin. When He created man He also instituted marriage, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis.2:24): The ‘one flesh’ implies sexual union. God brought the woman He had made to Adam and united them sacredly. They were socially united by a feast. We read in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” The practice of sexual relations of any form outside of marriage is called fornication. It is a sin and wrong in the sight of God.
Regarding polygamy, a friend of mine who was a missionary in Angola said that, when a man who had several wives got saved, he was advised to keep the one he had married first as his wife, but maintain the others in their material welfare. It would not be right for a man to have two wives or more at the same time. God would never bless and sanction such a practice.
Two people living together unmarried, commonly referred to as ‘living common-law’, is absolutely sinful in God’s holy eyes. Yet many who profess to be saved remain in that state. They were never blessed spiritual and so should separate or get married.
The Scriptures say to all who are saved: “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5); “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” (Ephesians 5:3).
The greatest pollution on earth is not in the land, sea or air, but in the morals of man where there is no standard at all. The commandment of God’s law says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”(Exodus 20 14), which resulted in judgment upon the Jews who were under that law and it will bring judgment to man in the future. People can say ‘I don’t believe it.’ But that changes nothing because God has, “. . . appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). If polygamists, adulterers or fornicators want their sins more than they want to be saved, then there is not other alternative than to face God in judgment and hear those fateful words, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire..” (Matthew 25:41).
Jesus Christ came to save people from their sins. He can do that when a sinner wants salvation more that his/her sins. The Bible says, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Hebrews 7:25 says, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” The only way Jesus can save you from hell is to save you from your sins. Have you trusted Him? “..Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31). The words “believe on” mean ‘to trust, rely, or depend on’. It is not just believing about Him.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 8th, 2014 by Sandra Felix