A Post to the House of Bishops/Deputies Listserv: Oh, My God…was [HoB/D] Akinola links Polygamists to his anti-lgbt stance

For years, it has been bandied about on this listserv and in the Anglican blogosphere by Episcopal liberals that Archbishop Peter Akinola was full of baloney because he took the stance he did on homosexuality but had glazed over the polygamy in his midst.  Both were as unbiblical as each other, and so on.

Additionally, I have personally pointed out that the acceptance of homosexuality in the church per se required that acceptance of polygamy (or polyarmory as we like to call it in our church)by the same theological logic.

Now, the list is complaining that Archbishop Akinola is banning polygamy.  Oh, and doesn’t see anything wrong with polygamy.  What happened to “holy pairs” and “upholding fidelity in relationships outside of marriage”?  Out the window.

Oh, My God.

I told you all that polyamory would be next.  And so the time has come.  I can’t wait to read the proposed blessing of the quad liturgy at GC2009.

Brad Drell
Lay, Western Louisiana

Oh, and just in case you really thought the Bible had nothing to say about polyamory/polygamy:

“Each man should have his own wife (singular word), and each woman her own husband (singular word). [I Corinthians 7:2]

“He must not take many wives” [Deut 17:17].

Moses’ law said, the king “shall not multiply horses to himself… Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold” (Deuteronomy 17:16-17).

If the Bible is so groovy about polygamy, how come:

Abraham’s household was fractured because of jealousy between Hagar and Sarah.
Jacob also endured spousal rivalry.
David’s adulterous tendencies was his downfall, as he approached Bathsheba.
Solomon’s many wives were a snare to him and drew him into idol worship:

1 Kings 11:1-11 reads as follows

1    King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s
daughter–Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.
2    They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites,
“You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn
your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to
them in love.
3    He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines,
AND HIS WIVES LED HIM ASTRAY.

There is not one passage in the Bible that blesses polygamy, while the problems are pointed out at length.

Not everything recorded in the Bible is approved by the Bible.

4 Responses to “A Post to the House of Bishops/Deputies Listserv: Oh, My God…was [HoB/D] Akinola links Polygamists to his anti-lgbt stance”


  1. 1 Connie Sandlin May 9, 2008 at 3:42 am

    I think Our Lord was quite clear on how many people it took to make a marriage and what genders they were to be:

    Matthew 19:4 [Jesus] answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and(I) the two shall become one flesh’? 6So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

    Spin that, distortionists.

  2. 2 Rick Arllen May 9, 2008 at 6:19 am

    TEC theological summary statement – “If you think it’s cool, God’s fine with that. Rock on!”

  3. 3 Gregg L. Riley May 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Oh yea, and then there is 1st Timothy 3rd chapter, 2nd verse. But what the heck, that only applies to bishops.

    Canon G+

  4. 4 Katherine May 9, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    You’re saying that the HoBD listserve participants don’t see anything wrong with polygamy? That they’re criticizing Akinola for this move against polygamy? Unbelievable.


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