But then again, the anti-polygynists tend to also try to put forth an egalitarian view about marriage, anyway, trying to advance a so-called "equality" between man and woman in their roles as these ones try to advance their "monogamy" doctrine.
(By "equality" here, I refer only to roles as Christian men and women, while clearly all of us are equal in Christ's love and salvation.)
Such ones, of course, begin this incorrect thought process by a mis-application of Galatians 3:28.
As it is written,
"There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
With that passage, such ones try to advance that husbands and wives have a so-called 'equality' of roles in their marriage, as these anti-polygynists try to advance their "monogamy" view.
But that verse needs to be read in its entire passage, reading the verses which come before and follow after that one verse.
To wit, as it is written,
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ's,
then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
The passage there is certainly not advancing egalitarianism of roles in Christian living, but is instead very clearly showing that the salvation in Christ Jesus is available to ALL who would be Christ's, and that ALL (yes, male and female) in Christ are therefore "heirs according to the promise". Amen.
That, there, is a message of the Spirit that all, 'whosoever', and without regard to flesh, ancestry, race, or even gender, all, as the Apostle Paul says,
as it is written,
"WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
So, the passage of Galatians 3:28 is only about an equality of salvation for 'whosoever' will receive salvation in Christ.
Yet the passage, therefore, is not in any way advancing a so-called "equality" of roles in Christian marriages, with which to suggest the supposed "monogamy" doctrine as being thus advanced by the anti-polygynists.
© April 28, 2000, TRUTH BEARER
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