Christians Are Now Being Asked to Accept Polyamory

At every new encroachment on society's morals made by the sexual revolution, the dissenters are often shouted down with cries of "slippery slope fallacy!" As we all know (especially bakers who desire to operate their business according to the precepts of their faith) the slippery slope is real. The latest low mark on the slippery hill of complete moral degradation is the push for Christians to accept polyamory, a lifestyle of open relationships that allow dating or marriage partners to have sex with outsiders.

According to a recent article at Patheos, "It's time for the Church to talk about polyamory."

It would be understandable if some read that title and then assumed that the author believes that the Church needs to begin warning Christians about this sinful lifestyle.

Instead, the author, Chuck McKnight, writes, "I should also disclose the fact that my wife and I are polyamorous ourselves and recently decided to open our marriage as such."

McKnight was driven to open up about his own polyamorous relationship and the lack of affirmation from the Church because the Nashville Statement explicitly condemns polyamory. McKnight asks, "Why the silence from so many potential friends and allies?"

By "friends and allies," McKnight means: "Why aren’t most LGBTQ-affirming churches being equally vocal about their affirmation of polyamorous people?"

He goes on to complain, "There are hundreds if not thousands of books out there about same-sex issues from a Christian perspective. But I haven’t been able to find a single book on polyamory in the church. (Please point it out to me if you know of one!)"

Well, that's because in 1 Corinthians 6:18, the Apostle Paul warns, "Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body." The Church does indeed need to be talking about and warning against all manner of sexual sins, including polyamory, but not in the way McKnight is suggesting.

McKnight explains:

...a number of faithful polyamorous Christians are already present, and they often feel closeted from their faith communities by default. If the church is to be the church for all people, then we need to talk through what it means to be poly and Christian. We can’t just leave this kind of relationship on the sidelines. ... Additionally, there are many more faithful Christians who either feel that they are poly or feel drawn to see if they are, but they’re not sure whether it is compatible with their faith.

Well, any confusion can be easily cleared up. Polyamory is most decidedly incompatible with the Christian faith, and those involved in polyamory are not "faithful Christians."

In Ephesians 5:31-32, Paul gives a clear definition and purpose statement for marriage: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church."