Q: What if the man chooses to marry the other two women? Is it a big deal if a believer in Christ marries multiple wives?
I hear believers say we shall not be judged because we have been justified and then some take it to mean whatever I do doesn’t matter since we are justified by grace and not works. Please, let me, by the aid of scriptures, attempt to clarify.
- A believer in Christ is indeed justified by grace through faith in Christ Jesus and so has passed from death to life which makes it unnecessary to judge him since he has been justified already. 1 John 3:14.
- Not everyone shall be judged but everyone’s works shall be judged.
Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Jam 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
1 Co 4:4 I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account. It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me. [Amplified]
1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
All these verses of scripture show us that we shall give account of our words and actions to the one who died for us. So, why then did he die for us? What’s the point?
He died for us so as to redeem us unto himself. That means we belong to him now and will therefore answer to him alone for our actions, even if we are no longer at risk of the second death.
Q: Does that mean everything I have done wrong will be paraded before Christ on that day?
1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse [GK: purge, purify] us from all unrighteousness.
So, if we confess to him, He purges all record of the wrong done. If we don’t, we don’t get kicked into the flames but I guess we get queried when we stand before him.
1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
1Jo 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
Righteousness is imputed to us by faith, but godliness is our choice. It is up to us to use the power of our righteous nature to do things that make us “look like” God to the people around us or choose actions that make it difficult for people to get a clear picture of what God is like. If I were God, I would reward that son that represents me well to the world at large. Wouldn’t you?
So, back to the original issue, sexual immorality is wrong, no matter who is involved, sinner or saint. Polygamy is welcome in a system of life we as Christians don’t belong to, but it is not acceptable with God. The instant response could be what of Jacob? He had two wives and two concubines, didn’t he? Why did God still approve of him if polygamy isn’t okay with Him?
The reason is that God held nothing against those guys in his relationship with them. They lived in an era of conscience and whatever was acceptable to them, God upheld it because that was the platform they had at that time. He did the same thing with the half-truth (a whole lie) Abraham told about Sarah being his sister.
But even in that era, when Sarah demanded that Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away, God upheld it. If Abraham had consulted God before getting involved with Hagar, he might have saved himself the trouble but when he did connect with God, he was shown the right thing to do. But God not being wicked, knowing it was neither Hagar’s nor Ishamel’s fault that they were in such a position, He preserved them and blessed them. Genesis 21:9-21. So separating the concubines and children born of them is not new to God.
Even when the law came, a nationwide call came to end such marriages as were not acceptable under the law and God upheld it. But again being the good God that He is, He did not abandon them. The women and children thus estranged became the Samaritans and we know Jesus visited them with the good news of the kingdom when He was here. Ezra 10, John 4:1- 43.
So, as is with every other thing in our lives, God expects us to do what is expected of us and let Him handle the rest. If we try to take on the myriads of “what ifs” and “what abouts” that flow in and out of the current of human history and experiences, we will resort to humanistic view points and as is getting very clear these days, every human option, though it starts out as intentionally good eventually becomes practically evil.
Let me take an example I understand very well; Termination of Pregnancy. At one point, the Cesarean Section came into existence by the decree of the Cesar that no woman should be buried with a child in her abdomen and so, though both mother and unborn child were dead, the C-Section was carried out. With time, science mastered the art and began to use it to deliver babies from death during labour. Of course, initially the criterion was the danger of losing the woman to a difficult labour. And then with time, it was no longer just a difficult labour but also a difficult pregnancy that could be seen as a criterion for separating mother and child. And now, a difficult relationship, finances or even ego have joined the list and what began as a noble cause has become a holocaust called abortion. I hear abortion has killed more people than the first and second world wars combined, and that about one hundred thousand American teenage girls have an abortion for a pregnancy that doesn’t threaten their lives every year. That’s America alone.
What would have been God’s preference at the point when it became necessary to kill a child to save the mother? I think a child of God could have been sent to lay hands on that sick woman and bring her out of danger. Am I saying hospitals could be run based on divine healing power by faith? Yep! John G. Lake did it to the extent he was called Dr John G. Lake. Others also had similar stories. I am not saying medical science is evil and satanic, I am merely saying God’s health plan is less complicated, has no side effects and is cheaper besides. I am also saying that no matter how noble mankind attempts to be, once we violate God’s principles, we will suffer the consequences as we watch things twist and spiral out of control into a God-consciousness-devouring monster called human civilization.
More to come in part 3.
See part 1 here: http://wp.me/p6rlMY-H