by Moody Adams
The Houston, Texas Chronicle reports: “The state has taken legal, temporary custody of 401 children from a polygamist compound in nearby Schleicher County, a child welfare official said today, citing allegations of abuse and that the children were at risk of harm. The raid came more than four years after members of the church, long based on the Arizona-Utah border, began arriving at this rural agricultural community.

",,While mainstream Mormons disavowed polygamy more than a century ago, the sect, led by the now imprisoned Warren Jeffs, believes in plural, arranged marriages that often involve teenage girls and older men. In September, Jeffs was convicted in Utah of being an accomplice in the rape of a 14-year-old girl. He faces additional charges of sexual conduct with a minor, incest and conspiracy in Arizona.”

1. Adam and Eve, is God’s prototype for marriage. He created one woman, Eve, not Eve, Sue, Mary and Peggy: “The LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:22-24).

2. God commanded that Solomon should not multiply his wives, horses or gold. "But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold" (Deut. 17:16-17). Solomon disobeyed God and took 700 wives who led him away from God.

3. Go forbid a leader of his people having more than one wife: "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife” (I Timothy 3:1, 2). "If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly" (Tit. 1:6).

4. Jesus commanded that a man cleave to his “wife” not “wives.” “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh” (Matthew 19:4-6).

5. In Corinthians a man is told to avoid fornication; a man should have a “wife,” not wives: “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (I Corinthians 7:2).

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