I need a new highlighter

With many thanks to Pastor Daniel Eshun and his excellent book, How Did Polygamy Become a Sin?, I need a new highlighter!

As my journey of research and discovery continues, I am finding more and more articulate voices crying from the wilderness pleading for any who claim the Bible as their guide for faith and practice to reevaluate the Western Greco-Roman influenced understanding of marriage. Daniel Eshun, lecturer and pastor in Ghana, Africa, is one such exceptionally articulate voice.

Eshun’s research of the topic of polygamy (technically, polygyny, a man with more than one woman) began because if his desire to understand the reasons why Western Christian missionaries to Africa demanded that polygynous men cast out all but their first wives in order to be baptized when Scripture praised multiple polygynous patriarchs.

Once he began to dig the overwhelming evidence, both from Scripture and history, is that ‘traditional marriage’ as taught by Eurocentric Christianity is actually rooted in Roman law and paganism. He further reveals and exposes the great damage to men, women, families, and society (particularly the African continent and culture) caused by the false monogamy-only doctrine.

Eshun’s book and research are valuable particularly in understanding how cultural interpretations of Scripture can be faulty and can cause great damage, particularly when applied with a heavy hand as was done by Western missionaries in Africa. His citation of many pastors and bishops from both sides of the issue as well as both native African and Western missionary voices clearly demonstrate the cultural nature of the monogamy-only doctrine. Especially refreshing were the cases cited of very successful and Spirit-filled African Bishops and pastors who had multiple wives. In some cases, those Bishops were far more successful and representative of the Gospel than counterparts who advocated for or even enforced monogamy-only.

While a very fast read at 172 pages, I have highlights and notes on nearly every page!! Eshun’s style is quite dense with more meat than can be processed in a single sitting. I’ll be going back to this book again and again, particularly as a means of how to construct and assemble many details and relevant facts. His greatest contribution to the growing body of books exploring and calling for open discussion of what Scripture actually says about marriage is the very detailed accounting of African history and the devastating effects of Western Roman marriage had on the continent.

I strongly recommend reading How Did Polygamy Become a Sin? and processing the implications of his research, particularly the fact that monogamy-only is not a Biblical concept, but rather a Greco-Roman concept extrapolated from their law and paganism and imported into Christianity by the ‘church fathers.’

About Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ natsab.wordpress.com Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!
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9 Responses to I need a new highlighter

  1. lee420lr says:

    Hello Pete. I always enjoy your topics that push the envelope of Western (greco-roman, as you state) christianity. At times, seemingly more relevant than irrelevant. Paradigms underlying our misinterpretation, misunderstanding, and misrepresentation of the bible ( i.e. God’s word). Your scholarship, personal study, and literal application is refreshing. Folks could learn alot from you, as I have, or they can claim otherwise. I am sure even Barnabus needed encouragement. I just wanted sat thanks man!

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    • Pete Rambo says:

      Thank you, so much!! This has been an interesting and challenging journey, but one filled with joyful discovery and deeper vistas into Scripture coupled with greater understanding of what we need to straighten out in our inherited thought process and doctrinal system.

      Blessing on your journey and thank you again!!

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  2. fabioevangelistahilario says:

    I am very happy to receive content about polygyny

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  3. fabioevangelistahilario says:

    Peter Rambo, I would like to talk to you in an interview format I have a friend called Duarte, his channel is called life and a chess would be very productive if we worked together to spread this topic in Brazil

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  4. Paul Winkelman says:

    Shalom Pete….im glad the scriptures are written for the simple man because so many of the wise have made them nothing but confusion. I know, because of my simplicity, that sometimes I don’t trust myself and I need a trustworthy friend to confirm what , I believe, is understanding and insight from the Set apart Spirit. Brother you are that friend. As I immerse myself in the Word, im seeing things that theologians can’t see, so I want it tested. I’m convinced that ‘the sum of His Word is Truth’ not ‘some of His Word is Truth’. Thanks again for your wise counsel, I deeply appreciate it.

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  5. Philip Keiter says:

    What happened in Africa, happened everywhere else, just farther back in history.

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    • Pete Rambo says:

      I had not considered that because most all cultures were polygynous at one time, enforced monogamy-only would have led to similar destructive forces everywhere. Dr. Martin Madan and James Campbell both recognized in their works, more than a century apart, that the inequality in numbers of men and women was a root factor in the abuse, prostitution, and generally difficult plight if single women. Both, in the books in our Biblical Marriage page, demonstrate that the ‘Christian’ doctrine of monogamy-only is false and contrary to the church’s claim, is destructive of wkmen, culture and society.

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