One of the benefits of the public stance I have taken regarding the Biblical positions of patriarchy and polygyny have been the number of people who have reached out to me with questions, support, or to share their story in how the Father opened their eyes in this challenging area. Currently, I am blessed to see the breadth of what the Father is doing as my connections and contacts now span the globe and cross multiple languages.
The recent video series on YouTube has been a particularly good connector with others, especially Torah teachers and keepers.
Benjamin, in a recent email conversation, shared some extremely insightful thoughts on rightly framing the argument. In his own words (and with his permission), here are the significant portions of one email:
I must say to you that there is an important perspective… which is: that it is usually unwise to allow the opponent or enemy to define the terms of the dispute or to pick the battlefield.
There is no such thing as “monogamy only”… because those sinners (for adding to the Torah, which is something expressly forbidden) are drawing a line in the sand, and then demanding that everyone proceed to discuss, from one side or the other of that line.
They drew their line between the number “1” and all numbers greater than “1”.
But, their line is a false one. It doesn’t describe nor define the realities. In a free society (and the beloved Torah of Yhwh is the free-est that we can become), those men who have 1 (exactly one) wife, are not in monogamy. They just happen to have one wife, while perhaps their neighbors happen to have 3 or 5 or 2. The men with one wife are doing the same thing as their neighbors are… not something different.
What I am trying to convey is that having one wife is just a sub-set of all the different numbers of wives. “Monogamy” is simply a sub-set of “polygyny”. They are the same thing.
The bad guys are drawing the line in the wrong place, and intentionally.
I suggest that all men who are pursuing the sharing of the truth on these matters, would do well to speak of these matters in terms of the light of the truth, rather than in the terms and boundaries set by the opponents.
I support normal marriage. Natural families. Monogamy isn’t a different thing from polygyny (family). It is simply one example of it.
But, these people who teach the doctrine of demons, forbidding men to marry (I am referring to the letter to Timothy) , by pushing that pagan heresy, which had to be given a name because it is so ridiculous, unnatural and unintuitive, “monogamy”… they want us to keep fighting on their terms and within their framework.
My buddy back out in —– always says, “The devil always likes to say, “Hey! Let’s you two fight!” I always say, “the devil’s favorite game is to draw a line in the dirt, and tell everybody to stand on one side or the other, and then tell them ‘OK, now fight!’ “. But, they were just buddies, a minute ago! Before somebody drew a line.
So, to repeat myself, It isn’t that I support polygyny alongside monogamy, while my opponents support “monogamy only”. It is that there is no such thing as monogamy. It’s a fiction, made up out of whole cloth.
What those sons-of-guns call “monogamy” is just one of many normal, possible examples of a man’s family. (of course!).
I support family; I support the reign of the father. And anyone who comes up with some cock-a-mamie balderdash, like telling other men how many women they can bring into their households; he can see his way out, before we throw him out.
I feel and think that we keep accepting the burden of proof. Nope. Those other sons of Belial have the burden upon them of proof.
Yep, I support Bill over there, who has 3 women (it’s none of my business). I support Sam over there who has one woman. We’re together, we’re not apart. We’re not on opposite sides of the line. We’re buddies. We’re on the same team. And our opponent is the one who is trying to divide us upon lines that have absolutely no meaning.. which are fictions… and which constitute an adding to the Torah.
Shalom, Chag Sameach, and Laila tov.Reign of the Father
Benjamin makes an exceptionally good and important point, one I have touched on, but not nearly so strongly or eloquently. I’ve said, both in print and the video series above “God doesn’t care if you have one wife or more than one wife. He only cares that you are a covenant keeper and fulfill your obligation to each woman you have.”
The fact that the adversary has long had this fictional line in the sand that has led to so much confusion and destruction is telling! It is deception, a favorite tactic of the adversary.
I’ll not add to Benjamin’s email. Take it and ponder!! He is exactly right! Monogamy is simply a subset of polygyny, and both are simply what Scripture defines as the relationship between a man his woman or women.
And, his comments referring to the adversary drawing lines…. Guard against division in this and other areas!!