Friday, November 9, 2007

What Did John G. Reisinger Say About Polygamy?
An Open Letter to R.C. Sproul, John G. Reisinger, noted evangelist, author, and teacher of the Word of God for over fifty years, offers these observations:

A third change to the adultery commandment concerns polygamy. Under the Law of God given to Moses, polygamy was not considered adultery. In fact, the Law of Moses actually mandated that a man had to sleep with both wives if he took a second wife (Exodus 21:10, 11). I think any honest person will admit that a change from a law allowing, even if we make it a reluctant tolerance, polygamy to a law insisting on monogamy alone (Ephesians 5:22, 23) is more than just a surface change in the definition of adultery and marriage. John Murray clearly saw this problem, and because he was an extremely honest writer, frankly admitted what was at stake. He wrote his treatise on ethics attempting to prove that polygamy was just as sinful for David as it would be for us today. If that cannot be proven, and it surely cannot, then there are two canons of conduct, one for Israel and one for the Church, and Covenant Theology loses its foundation.


James Kirby said...

Covenant theology surely has lost its foundation.

James Kirby

Anonymous said...

If you go to this particular passage you will find that it is talking about the selling of ones's daughter into slavery and the details as to her being freed, what he is allowed to do if she doesn't please him (i.e. burned his steaks too many times.(:), and how she can be given in marriage. The part about him marrying another and the treatment she is to receive (no reduction in food, clothing or conjugal duties)demonstrates that God would not tolerate her being treated less than his legal wife. They were still married and he could not withold children from her(sons were the ones to take care of their mothers in their old age. That was the "welfare system" then). For the man to deny her conjugal rights was to deny her of any security for her future. SO, since we are talking about slavery here, what about that? Is that O.k. to do today because of the law or is it because,as our founding fathers so wrote in our constitution "all men are created equal?" Should a man today sell his daughter? Can we just change the law and so override God?