(Isaiah 4:1) And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread and wear our own clothing; only let us be called by your name, to take away our shame.
My son and I were working together on a video project a few years ago and found it fascinating to discover that Christians in other cultures may have more than one wife. That’s right I said Christians not Muslims, or Mormons but Christians who have more than one wife in other cultures. I’ve always asked why we don’t have multiple wives in our culture and most often have been quoted the reason being the following verse which if applied is being used out of context. (1Timothy 3:2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Then there is this verse (1Timothy 3:12) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. Now clearly when taken into context these verses are referring to men desiring certain offices within the church body and they are not being applied to all men.
Our scripture tells us of a time when there will be seven women to one man I believe this will occur during the tribulation. So like it or not multiple wives will once again be acceptable and even the norm. We live in a society where even amongst Christians certain types of sins appear to have become acceptable. It is always a major scandal when news leaks out that a major figure be it sports, religious, or political has cheated on their wife. Some statistics point to as many as 60 to 70% of couples living together are not married and a 2002 study reported that 95% of those surveyed said that they had sex before being married. Statistics say that somewhere between 15 and 20% of married couples live in a sexless marriage. This may be the cause of some men having sex outside of their marriages.
What is troubling to me is that there is no outcry from our churches for purity, chastity, and celibacy. We’ll target the Homosexual or the Married men but never say a word about all the other prevailing sins that are present in our congregation. The couple that’s living together in sin will cast their vote to get rid of the Pastor caught in an affair then go home and continue to practice their sinful lifestyle. The single woman will talk about her friend’s husband who is cheating on his wife while she’s been sexually active with numerous men. Sin is sin except when it comes to our own. The scripture tells us (Roman 3:23) for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It also tells us (Rom 3:10) as it is written: “There is none righteous, no not one; So why can’t we just leave folks alone? We should never tolerate or condone sin but the sin that should upset us the most is our own. Maybe on the surface you appear okay but if people could only read your mind.
As you get older you realize the life is not black or white there is a lot of gray out there. We really need to stop being so judgmental of others. We don’t know what people are going through. If you are single and having sex don’t talk about the married woman or man cheating on their spouse because you’re sinning just as much as they are. Your sin may not be sexual you could be a liar, or a thief. No matter who you are you have issues you sin because we all have and will continue to do so as long as we reside in these bodies of flesh. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether evil. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.