I’m a writer – I choose headlines to draw your attention to read the article. But some folks dwell on the headline rather than the content. Let’s cross-examine the statement – polygamy is NOT sin but it is NOT biblical.
If polygamy is sin, God would have demanded the likes of Abraham, Jacob and David to divorce their extra wives. Jacob’s 12 sons who form the 12 blessed tribes of Israel were from 4 women. Judges 8:30 says Gideon, the man of God, had seventy sons of his own, since he had many wives.
While polygamy is not sin, it is NOT in the perfect will of God. Polygamy is not in the perfect will of God but in the permissive will of God. This means that God allowed polygamy but it was not within His original plan for mankind – NOT even in the Old Testament.
Look at how Moses advised kings against polygamy and unnecessary wealth accumulation…
Deuteronomy 17:17 – He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.
King Solomon did exactly opposite of God’s advice through His servant Moses…
1 Kings 11:1-7 – 1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women… 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.
That’s why Jesus said in the beginning, God intended one man to marry one wife (Matthew 19:4-6).
DR. K. N. JACOB