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African Marriage

 

This African marriage series explores the cultural and biblical ramifications of plural marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa.  For those who wish to understand this complex subject as it relates to missions in this region, you will find a great deal of relevant information for your prayerful consideration.

I fully understand that some may be offended by what I write in relation to this form of biblical marriage. However, The damage that well-meaning missionaries have done and are currently doing to those they wish to share the gospel has to stop. I believe that people are more important than doctrine, especially if that doctrine is simply error clothed in sanctimony.

 

Choose you this day whom ye will serve

 

We all come to points in our walk with God where His truth puts us on the opposite side of established dogma.  At those junctures we must determine who we serve, God or Mammon.  Ministers often cow tow to error regarding African marriage in order to protect their reputation and funding.  However, why sell your integrity before God for a few shekels?  Why not believe your Savior and walk with Him even if the whole world disagrees with you?  If, after reading these essays you find that African polygamy is not wrong in God’s sight, have the courage to speak the truth.

 

Tread lightly

 

In conclusion, men and women practicing plural African marriage are people too.  They have hopes, dreams, and fears just like you do.  Their family is everything to them.  Try to see their humanity from God’s viewpoint.  Jesus says,

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Matthew 23:23

Finally, if  you are against people’s polygamist lifestyle it costs you nothing, but if you break apart their family, it costs them everything.  Tread lightly.

Blessings,

Michael
 
 

 

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