Originally posted by Contra_Mundum
They can selectively reference Scripture all day long. What do they do with the words and logic of Christ himself? Should that be "And the three
(four, five, twelve?) will become one flesh"?
How do they handle Paul's limitation on elders--to men with ONE wife? Doesn't that imply that one marriage is normative?
As for Paul's "I wish all men were as I am," i.e. single, that has to be harmonized with "the marriage bed is honorable." The two thoughts can't be prejudicial to each other. To make Paul's statement (one NT reference) "normative", or even to combine it with Jesus' teaching about "eunuchs" (Mt. 19:12)--which in essence is a rebuke to his disciples--and overthrow the norm
of marriage, is preposterous.
As another has pointed out, two wrongs don't make a right. So if someone has violated God's pattern it does not follow that the solution is to boot out "illegitimate" wives (or husbands, I suppose). But obviously wrong behavior carries consequences--hence a bigamist may not exercise leadership in the church. That is a stiff penalty, if it is properly appreciated.
Like I said earlier, and has been echoed--this is all about LUST. The deal with the Mormons is the same--a religion without grace, that "sanctifies" and even "normalizes" bad behavior by external, legal regulations.