Polygamy Sermon Illustrations

Polygamy Sermon Illustrations

Twain on Twain

Many people are fond of this story about Mark Twain. Once he was lecturing in Utah. Twain got into an argument with a Mormon acquaintance on the subject of polygamy.

"Can you find a single passage of Scripture which forbids polygamy?" asked his friend.

"Certainly," Twain replied. "No man can serve two masters."

Perhaps—who knows?—Twain had in mind the wife, masterful in contention, of whom the Bible speaks:

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman (Proverbs 21:19).

And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping (Proverbs 19:13).

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike (Proverbs 27:15).

And certainly he did not have in mind what Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything (Ephesians 5:22-24).

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