True. Later in the NT epistles the apostle Paul promoted that leaders of the church be married only to one wife. That seems to have brought in the concept of no polygamy in the church except for the Mormons.
Thank you. It is not very often that people demonstrate even that much humility.True.
To which verse are you referring? I cannot find such a verse with the word "only" in it. Is it possible that you are assuming the concept into the text? The word "one" even in English isn't always a number, but is sometimes an indefinite article like the words "a" or "the". Such is the case when the Greek word "mia" is translated into the English word "one". Additionally, it can also be translated as "first", as it is in the phrase "first" day of the week. In context, these men had to be married with children. How else would you judge the household? So while the text might be rightly translated "a wife" or "first wife" there is no indication of "only one". It is important to let the scripture speak.Later in the NT epistles the apostle Paul promoted that leaders of the church be married only to one wife.
That is not entirely true. There are a number of examples in history such as the Anabaptists of Munster, Germany. Martin Luther allowed polygamy and wrote that he could find nothing in scripture against it. Members of the Wesley family were polygamous. Even today there are Christian converts in Africa that continue the practice and remain faithful to the text. There is actually a fairly sizeable polygamy movement among evangelical Christians in the US, especially among African American churches. So there is that...That seems to have brought in the concept of no polygamy in the church except for the Mormons.
Thanks Bradley. Have a great day.