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Will Canada legalize polygamy?

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The Supreme Court in British Columbia is considering a landmark case that seeks to overturn Canada’s century-old anti-polygamy law. Proponents cite religious discrimination as the primary reason for overturning the current law against polygamy. The current law is said to discriminate against Mormons and immigrants whose religions and cultures allow polygamy.

Those against the overturn cite the risk of poor treatment of women and increased risk of incest as reasons for maintaining the current law. A judgment on the case is expected sometime in early 2011 (Edmontonsun.com, November 22, 2010).  As the end of this age approaches, Canada, in line with many other Israelite-descended nations, is rejecting long-standing moral laws in favor of “religious freedom” and human rights.

The Bible clearly teaches that husbands are to have one wife (1 Timothy 3:2), a practice that God put into place at the very beginning (Genesis 2:22)!  This true understanding of the definition of marriage is consistent with the spiritual analogy that Jesus Christ has one wife or bride—the Church—not many wives or brides (Revelation 19:7; Ephesians 5:21-33). 

Today we are witnessing nations that God has blessed, arrogantly turning the laws of God upside down, in spite of the prophetic warning, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). The God of the Bible promises difficult times ahead for these Israelite nations “Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” (v. 24).