Baptist Pastor Unwittingly Calls Biblical Marriage a Perversion

This pastor, Rev. Edward James of Mississippi’s Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, thinks biblical marriage is a perversion and he’s got himself a horse in a wedding gown to prove it:

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His signs say it all:

The next unnatural law. Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse, to have and to hold? This might even be possible if the band (sic) on same sex marriage is lifted. Where do we draw the line? Marriage is one man and one woman. Anything else is a perversion.

He is not alone, of course. Michele Bachmann has said the same thing:

You see if we retreat from our values and fail to make the case on issues like marriage – because it is one man, one woman – because God said it is. Not because it’s poll tested – because God said it is.

But Bachmann is hardly a recommendation for an argument. After all, she just got both the Bible and the Constitution wrong in her final speech in Congress.

“Traditional marriage” is a myth. And apparently, as I’ve said before, people don’t read their Bibles. This is a particularly egregious failing in a pastor, who is supposed, after all, to have gone to seminary. Where, you know, they teach the Bible and stuff.

The trouble is, of course, that nowhere in the Law of Moses does God say marriage is between one man and one woman. Nowhere. Not once. Anywhere. Search the Bible for all references to the Law of Moses all day long – and all night too, if you wish – but you won’t find anywhere God saying that marriage is between one man and one woman.

No matter how long or how often you look.

This pastor’s animus is even directed at the Bible’s polygamy, which – far from being forbidden – is governed by the Law of Moses. Yes, there are rules governing polygamy because polygamy is perfectly legal in the Bible:

  • Exodus 21:10: “If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish the food, clothing, or marital rights of the first wife.”
  • Deuteronomy 21:15-17: “If a man has two wives, one of them loved and the other disliked, and if both the loved and the disliked have borne him sons, the firstborn being the son of the one who is disliked, then on the day when he wills his possessions to his sons, he is not permitted to treat the son of the loved as the firstborn in preference to the son of the disliked, who is the firstborn.”
  • Deuteronomy 25:5-10: “When brothers reside together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her, taking her in marriage, and performing the duty of a husband’s brother to her.” According to verse 7, far from being a perversion, it is his “duty” to take this second wife, and if he refuses, the elders will “summon him and speak to him.” If he still refuses, the brother’s wife “shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, pull his sandal off his foot, spit in his face, and declare, “This is what is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.” And yes, public shaming then ensues, as verse 11 tells us that, “Throughout Israel (not just his fricking town) his family shall be known as “the house of him whose sandal was pulled off.” The perversion then is refusing to do your duty and take a second wife when the law demands it.

On the other hand, while the Bible actually sanctifies polygamy, it does condemn bestiality:

Deuteronomy 27:21: “Cursed be anyone who lies with any animal.” All the people shall say, “Amen!”

So this pastor is saying that if you obey the Law of Moses with regard to taking multiple wives, including refusing to take a second wife when required, you will end up marrying animals somewhere down the road. Maybe even a horse in a wedding gown.

Polygamy was taking place during Jesus’ lifetime. Jesus does not even once mention it. But this pastor apparently knows something Jesus did not, because though according to the Law of Moses a man may have multiple wives, this man says it is a perversion.

I think I know which source to believe. And not because I think God wrote the Bible, but because the Bible was written by men. By the same men who had those multiple wives. I think it’s pretty clear they would know what their laws permitted and what their laws did not.

And they were all in for multiple wives. And other forms of marriage as well. Sure, none of them included 1 man + 1 man, but few of them were was simple as the 1 man + 1 woman formula being pushed by the Religious Right and the GOP.

Here is a quick rundown of forms biblical marriage took:

We have man + woman where bride proves her virginity or is stoned to death (Genesis 2:24); we have man + woman + concubines (Judges 19:1-30); we have man + woman + woman (the most common form of biblical marriage – polygyny); we have rapist + victim (Deuteronomy 22:28-29); we have son-less widow + closest male relative (Gen. 38:6-10); we have male soldier + prisoner of war (Numbers 31:1-18, Dueteronomy 21:11-14; we even have male slave + female slave (Exodus 21:4) and man + woman + woman’s female slave (Gen. 16:1-6, Gen. 30:4-5).

Oh dear. All perversions, apparently. None of them condemned in the Law of Moses. Where will all this perversion lead?

Only one place: Theocracy. Now defined as a form of government based on a book nobody has read.

18 Replies to “Baptist Pastor Unwittingly Calls Biblical Marriage a Perversion”

  1. Anyone who tries to faithfully perform and adhere to all of the rules of the Bible will end up a human pretzel. Good luck with that. Salted or unsalted?

  2. I think we need to write our congressmen, especially in the southern states and ask why polygamy is not legal. Its biblical, its epic

    If you are man enough to take the trouble that comes with it

  3. Doesn’t he believe marriage requires the informed consent of both parties? Since the horse is not legally able to consent, no true marriage takes place.

    Unless you think your partner isn’t human.

    Nice going, preacher man.

  4. Same-sex marriage is mainly about money and should be allowed. Married couples obtain better tax exemptions and surviving spouse benefits. Most of them are already sleeping together anyway. A religious ceremony should be a matter for church authorities. [WINK]

  5. Ignorance, thy name is religion.

    What’s even more pathetic, this fool doesn’t even realize how he is showing himself to be ignorant of the very bible he espouses.

    Perhaps he is so enamored of how clever his horse in a dress idea appears that he didn’t bother to check out his references.

  6. Shaking my head but laughing at the same time. Just look how the Old Testament “believers?” have twisted the very word Christianity. Something they don’t recognise in the first place. But it is very useful, as is destroying the educational system to control the masses. I have lived my whole life by the lessons I learned in Sunday School. The parts that sunk in were the Golden Rule..Not the REAL golden rule I found out about later. The 10 Commandments which I also found out later was just more BS to keep us in line. I see now Sunday School were stories to keep kids quiet while the big kids and adults were being brain washed in other rooms. Then came the main service..the part the adults or too many of them sat through as the price to bad mouth the other “Christians” that weren’t there, talk deals, and decide where to have lunch.

  7. In 78 years of watching human nature I have completely lost faith in “Christians” but I am glad I did have Sunday School. I was a naive little kid that soaked it up like a sponge. It cost me the ability to always put myself first at any cost. I will die alone, cold and broke. Dead is dead.I am still glad I can say I have never deliberately lied, cheated or stolen anything in my life except a trinket from the Dime store. And my Dad marched me to the store to confess and apologise. I am so glad I had an honest father that was a real role model. I guess he had learned about religion. He never went to church. Didn’t say a word about me going with neighbours. I have never seen a better man. He LIVED a decent life, didn’t just mouth the words. Church or not, he WAS what Christians are supposed to be. Inside, when I see a baby, or beautiful things I know there is more. But it is certainly not what the hypocrites preach. I can’t control my disgust seeing what the likes of Murdoch does.

  8. That’s right. Marriage is mainly a legal contract between two individuals who are sharing their lives and should be no problem from a religious standpoint. If a person wants a religiously sanctioned marriage, get the preacher and go for it, but it is still a legal contract between two people, just with the churches blessings.

  9. The Religious Right’s values are often counter to the Bible, and in specific very counter to those of Jesus Christ as depicted in the Bible.

    But like most all of us, it is about confirming that we (and our values) are right.

    Where it becomes evil is concluding that other values are wrong and deserver to be controlled and punished. If we can’t do so adequately on Earth, then Hell is necessary (and more strongly believed than Heaven is).

  10. I was positively surprised when reading the contents of this article. Polygamy is a tough topic to approach, but this article does a great, straightforward job of illustrating what the Bible says (and doesn’t say). If it’s alright to mention I’ve recently had a book published called Evaluating Western Christianity’s Interpretation of Biblical Polygamy if anyone is interested in checking it out:

  11. “Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”(Genesis 2,24)

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