Shalom and Blessings to all in the Lord,
for me the biggest hurdle for accepting biblically based plural marriage was acceptable was coming to grips with the laws of the land verses the laws of God. For example, many conservative scholarly Christians actually admit that there is nothing wrong with a man having more than one wife. However, they default to the concept that believers are obligated to follow the states mandates regarding marriage.
Here is one authors position on the topic. I submit this because I think its interesting that uses the First Century believers as an example:
"The world of outer darkness is a law to itself, and orders it to suit its own notions of right. The Law of Moses allowed a plurality of wives, and divorce, and punished the ‘social evil’ with death. Jesus, who was ‘made under the law,’ did not interfere with the law, but forbade divorce upon any other ground than the wife’s unfaithfulness. The apostle, whose authority he declared equal to his own in teaching the things of the Deity, allowed divorce on another ground, and for the sake of peace to the Christian party. But to carry out this gospel liberty would place a man or woman as a criminal at the bar of Gentile justice and law. Therefore, Peter has said: ‘submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake’ provided, of course, that in so doing, his precepts were not transgressed; this apostolic tradition applies also to their ordinances of marriage. They [the world] forbid two contemporary wives, allow divorce on unscriptural grounds, and tolerate the ‘social evil’ to any extent without punishment. Hence a saint, regulated by the word, would have only one wife at a time; he would seek divorce only on scriptural grounds, and avoid the ‘social evil’ as the plague." J Thomas 1866
The biblical passage that the author refers to is found in Romans 13: 1-7
"1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has …
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