By Sylvanus Okpe
The G.O of Christ Pilgrim Restoration Centre, Kenya, Rev Vincent Mulwa, a theologian shocked the entire Christendom when he jettisoned the widely held christian doctrine of one man one wife to opine that men are mandated to marry more than one wife.
In a chat with Kenya’s The Daily Nation, Rev. Mulwa blamed one man, one wife doctrine in Africa on Africans who ge believes bought the world views of European missionaries who brought Christianity into Africa and abandoned polygamy, a practice that was rife even among the people who lived during biblical times.
Rev Mulwa who also urged Christian leaders in African to urgently review the current trend of monogamy in the teachings of many churches claimed there was no verse in the entire bible that expressly stipulated monogamy as the binding principle of marriage for christians.
He maintained this has become necessary to “save a generation of women who are ageing in church without husbands”.
Rev Mulwa went on to add;
“I have been in the ministry for 38 years, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ but now I have realised that we ministers of the gospel have lost our believers,”
“I have never seen anywhere in the Bible where prophets and preachers prayed for single ladies to get married.
The Bible people were polygamous and everyone had a husband,” he says, adding that the early christians also allowed widows to become concubines.
He regretted that polygamy which was predorminantly practiced in Africa by traditional rulers and even the jews only became a taboo with the introduction of christianity.
In his words; “As far as the Bible is concerned, the number of wives or concubines that one has does not matter and is not a standard of holiness. I have come out to tell Christians that we must preach the true gospel and allow our men in the church to marry as many wives as they want. Polygamy is not about men needing many wives but it’s about women needing husbands.”
According to the cleric, the Bible has only frowned at adultery which is taking another man’s wife and not marrying as many women as a man can Afford.
The Cleric reasoned that the fact that the early missionaries who came from Rome started teaching Africans men to abide by one wife does not mean that it is intended by the Bible.
“It is unfortunate for the Church that today, when our dear brothers and sisters attend theological schools, they are fed with so much gentile-tilted theology that upon graduation, they are well equipped to vigorously convince the world to buy into the Roman immigration of Christianity,”
He also regretted that Africans have taken the culture of Americans and other European countries to mean religion and reiterated that religion is God’s way of reaching and dealing with man.
Rev Mulwa, who disclosed he is currently married officially to one wife, recalled how he was forced to leave a church he preached for 20years because his wife and church members disagreed with his teaching about polygamy
“I told my wife that as much as she doesn’t want to agree with me, I will continue preaching the gospel of polygamy until the whole world hears of it because that is the true gospel,” he says.
When asked if he has secret wives he responded: “The number of wives I have is not an issue. That’s why I am saying Christian men should be allowed to marry many wives.”
His interpretation of the Bible is that it has not condemned polygamy. Rather, it was practised widely by men of God in the Bible.
“Polygamy is an acceptable practice. No lady should stay without a husband. Christianity remains the most holy faith, but when preached from the perspective of the European and American gentiles, then it is definitely the filthiest religion on earth.”
He gives the example of some of the men in the Bible like Abraham and David who married more than one wife and had concubines with whom they got children.
“The holiness was in how these men dealt with their many wives and concubines and God had no problem with them,” he says.
The reverend says it is wrong to argue that God would have created two wives for Adam if he intended polygamy for mankind as “God created them so that they may fill the world”
He noted that in the Bible, some women seemed to have been in a complex situation such that remarrying was out of thought. They ended up being concubines.
But even for concubines, there was discipline, he says, and a man found with another man’s concubine was to be beaten.
“This was a lesser punishment compared to when you were found with someone’s wife where the sentence was death by stoning,” he adds.