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700 Club airs its First Report on Christian Polygamy Movement

Date: Aug 16, 2005
Word Count: 1650 words
Cross-Reference: 700 Club, polygamy rights, CBN, Pat Robertson, slippery slope

The 700 Club made its first historic report of the new movement of Christian Polygamy, rightly identifying such activists as evangelical Christians, as many interview quotes from the founder of proved.

On   August   16,   2005,   a   news   segment   on   the   700   Club,   with   renowned   Christian   leader   Pat   Robertson,   aired   a   report,   titled,   "Polygamy:   The   Next   'Right'   to   be   Legalized?"     In   addition   to   broadcasting   it   on   CBN,   TBN,   and   elsewhere,   the   show   also   aired   at   10:00   am   and   11:00   pm   EST   on   the   cable   network   "Family   Channel." 
The   only   parts   of   the   report   which   actually   addressed   polygamy,   specifically,   were   the   title   and   the   next-to-last   quoted   soundbites.     However,   a   sentence   early   in   the   report   very   accurately   explained   that   it   was   addressing,   "a   slippery   slope   to   legalized   polygamy   and   beyond   -   to   'polyamory,'   or   group   marriage."     Indeed,   most   of   the   report   focused   on   the   "beyond   polygamy"   subjects,   dealing   more   specifically   with   the   liberal,   unbiblical   concepts   of   polyamory   and   group   marriage   -   neither   of   which   are   definitions   of   actual   polygamy. 
Near   the   end   of   the   report,   however,   an   accurate   and   quite   proper   segue   was   made   to   actual   polygamy.     After   reporting   about   the   liberal   concepts   of   polyamory   and   group   marriage,   the   700   Club   then   segued   to   the   converse   of   such   things   -   conservative   Christians. 
The   segment   reported,   "Polygamy   has   a   range   of   defenders,   including   evangelical   Christians.   Mark   Henkel   is   founder   of   the   Christian   polygamy   organization,   He   says   Christian   polygamists   believe   husbands   are   called   to   love   their   wives,   as   Christ   loved   the   churches,   according   to   Scripture.    
"'We're   talking   about   what   consenting,   un-coerced,   non-abused   adults   choose   to   do,   and   the   idea   of   what   we   call   forced   polygamy,   that   basically   creates   an   obligation   or   enslaves   woman,'   Henkel   said.   'That   is   just   horrendous.'    
"'For   a   Christian   polygamist,   for   instance,'   Henkel   added,   'nobodies   rights   are   being   infringed,   and   government   has   no   business   in   being   involved   in   that...   And   certainly   polygamy   is   not   a   sin   according   to   the   Bible.   But   it's   illegal   in   the   United   States?   It's   illegal   primarily   because,   first   of   all,   individuals   have   thought   it   was   a   sin.   That   becomes   a   circular   argument:   Why   is   it   a   sin?   Because   it's   against   the   law.   Why   is   it   against   the   law?   Because   it's   a   sin.'" 
The   very   next   line   in   that   report   then   started   with   the   opening   clause,   "Sin   or   no   sin."   For   the   report   to   follow   the   Christian   Polygamy   sound-bites   with   that   particular   segue-clause   was   a   very   positive   example   of   further   acknowledgment   that   there   is   legitimate   doubt   among   evangelicals   as   to   whether   the   Bible   ever   called   polygamy   a   sin.     (Indeed,   back   in   the   year   2001,   Pat   Robertson   himself   had   correctly   once   temporarily   declared   online,   "You   won't   find   the   Bible   calling   polygamy   a   sin.") 
More   importantly,   the   August   16,   2005,   episode   was   the   700   Club's   first   report   about   the   Christian   Polygamy   movement.     As   the   700   Club   did   that   historic   act   for   their   news   organization,   the   report   quite   clearly   and   accurately   identified   that   the   movement   involves   evangelical   Christians. 
As   a   testament   to   CBN's   integrity,   they   simply   could   not   have   reported   otherwise,   based   on   what   the   700   Club   /   CBN   News   learned   from   the   actual   interview   with   Mark   Henkel. 
Pat   Robertson's   comments   after   the   news   report   aired   was,   therefore,   no   surprise.     While   his   commentary   focused   specifically   on   homosexuals   and   their   denial   that   polygamy   is   next,   and   then   focused   on   liberal   polyamory   and   group   marriage,   Robertson   merely   said   that   "something   has   to   be   done"   while   not   saying   exactly   what   that   "something"   should   be.     Specifically,   he   did   not   comment   about   polygamy   itself   -   except   to   say   that   "polygamy   is   next." 
It   is   further   relevant   that,   as   homosexuals   deny   polygamy   activism   (as   the   report   clearly   sought   to   disprove   such   denials),   polygamists   equally   do   not   advocate   "same   sex   marriage."     As   the   700   Club   vividly   learned   from   the   interview   with   Christian   polygamy   advocate,   Mark   Henkel,   another   truly   conservative   Christian   solution   as   to   what   "could   be   done"   is   to   remove   the   idolatry   of   having   big   government's   involvement   in   marriage. 
In   that   original   interview,   when   Henkel   had   been   asked   for   his   thoughts   on   the   marriage   amendment,   he   gave   the   following   quote.    
QUOTE:     "I   love   my   fellow   Christians,   and   it   is   a   [pause]   disappointment...   I   know   I   make   mistakes   and   in   my   own   errors,   and   I   see   that   my   fellow   Christians,   in   this   particular   situation,   are   also   making   a   mistake.   And,   knowing,   there   but   for   the   grace   of   God   there   go   I.     At   the   same   time,   I   understand,   just   like   we   also   need   to   preach   about   the   truth   that   homosexual   behavior   is   a   sin   according   to   the   Word   of   God,   the   same   thing   is   true   is   that   idolatry   is   a   sin   according   to   the   Word   of   God.   And   Revelation   21:8   says   all   idolators   shall   have   their   part   in   the   lake   which   burneth   with   fire   and   brimstone..." 
Explaining   how   so   many   Christian   leaders   could   be   making   that   unwitting   mistake,   Henkel   then   did   what   most   evangelical   Christians   would   do.     He   turned   to   the   Bible.     More   than   that,   Henkel's   explanations   cited   Biblical   examples   and   responses   about   which   only   an   obviously   serious   Bible   student   would   even   know   or   understand   -   proving   his   credibility   and   sincerity   as   a   genuine   Bible-believing   Christian. 
QUOTE:     "And   the   problem   is   -   really   what   we   have   is   an   example   -   is   the   leaders   have   gone   the   way   of   Jeroboam   son   of   Nebat.     And   that   is   a   perfect   Bible   Study   to   understand   what   has   gone   on   with   the   leadership   bringing   us,   because   it   is   bringing   God's   people   into   idolatry   to   worship   the   false   god   of   government   as   the   'savior'   of   marriage   when   God   alone   defined   it,   never   needed   government   to   define   it,   and   we're   not   talking   about   Biblical   marriage.   We're   talking   about   'government   marriage'   which   isn't   Biblical.   If   you   say   marriage   is   not   defined,   a   person's   not   married   if   it   is   not   defined   by   the   government,   then   you've   just   said   every   single   person   in   the   Bible   wasn't   married.   God   forbid.   You've   just   called   them   all   fornicators.   God   forbid..." 
QUOTE:     "The   problem   is   turning   to   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   to   define   it   for   us.   And,   the   Revelation   I   read,   the   Book   of   Revelation   I   read   doesn't   say   that,   you   know,   the   biggest   threat   to   us   Christians   is   the   biological   impossibility   of   'same   sex   marriage.'   It   talks   about   the   'Beast'   and   having   control   over   all.     And   THAT,   the   ability...   to   do   that   is   through   the   continuing   building   up   of   precedents   of   socialist   social   engineering   Marxist   justifications   for   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   to   the   point   that   has   control   over   all   the   world,   executes   the   'war   against   the   saints,'   and   ultimately,   I   can   see   the   marriage   amendment   as   being   and   having   the   blood   of   the   killed   saints   in   that   war   on   its   hands   -   having   laid   one   of   those   Leftist,   Marxist,   Socialist   engineering   type   of   justification   the   government   uses   to   justify   social   engineering." 
Clearly,   those   kinds   of   quotes   do   not   come   -   and   could   not   come   -   from   some   liberal   non-Christian   who   does   not   know   or   enjoy   reading   the   Bible. 
Further   explaining   why   such   social   engineering   is   neither   conservative   nor   Christian   ,   Henkel   further   clarified.     Using   the   same   language   and   arguments   as   any   Constitutionalist   conservative   would   rightly   use,   he   said   the   following. 
QUOTE:     "Individuals   have   rights.   There's   no   such   thing   as   'society's   rights.'   'Society's   rights'   is   premised   exclusively   in   Marxism.   And   anybody   ever   defining   the   idea,   or   using   'society   has   a   right,'   is   using   Marxist   argumentation.   And   that's   not   conservative.   That's   not   Christian.   And   that's   not   constitutional." 
QUOTE:     "The   minute   you   justify   using   government   for   social   engineering,   you   have   embraced   Liberalism." 
With   all   that,   Henkel   explained   the   more-typical   conservative   solution   to   the   "legalized   same   sex   marriage"   issue.     In   doing   so,   he   repeated   rhetoric   that   is   familiar   to   most   Christian   conservatives   when   talking   about   most   any   other   political   issue:   limited   government   as   the   Constitution   requires. 
QUOTE:     "The   real   solution   to   prevent   'same   sex   marriage'   is   to   remove   government   from   being   involved,   and   to   remove   the   idolatry   of   the   false   god   being   involved   in   defining   it.   And   whether   people   imagine...   the   biological   impossibility   of   'same   sex   marriage,'   if   they   choose   to   imagine   that,   there   is   no   legal   basis,   there's   no   'slippery   slope'   at   that   point.   So,   the   idea   of   establishing   government   authority,   that's   why   anti-polygamy   is   the   real   'slippery   slope'   that   brought   us   to   'same   sex   marriage.'" 
With   those   kind   of   arguments   in   the   original   interview,   the   700   Club   was   clearly   able   to   see   that   the   movement   of   Christian   Polygamy   is   truly   coming   from   kind-hearted   and   Bible-based   evangelical   Christians.     And   so   they   rightly   reported   that   fact   in   their   first   report   about   the   movement.     As   facts   and   honesty   required   that   they   do   nothing   less,   it   is   to   their   credit   and   is   a   reflection   of   the   CBN   network's   integrity   that   they   rightly   did   so. 
As   a   final   testimony   of   Henkel's   Christian   confidence,   near   the   end   of   the   interview,   he   offered   himself   to   all   of   the   Christian   Churches,   in   a   voice   of   gentle   compassion. 
QUOTE:     "I   have,   basically,   one   thing   I   would   like   to   say   to   every   single   conservative   Christian,   pastor,   leader:   Bring   it   on.   Let's   have   an   international   television   event.   I'll   take   you   all   on,   not   because   of   me,   but   because   the   Word   of   God   is   so   true.   I'm   nobody.   I'm   just   a   vessel...   I'm   nothing.   The   Word   of   God   stands   on   Its   own.   And   we   can   have   this   debate   in   front   of   everybody.   I'll   ask   for   a   trial   before   all   the   churches.   I'm   glad   to.   But   you   know   what?   It's   not   likely   to   happen.   Reason   why?   Because   I'll   win,   because   the   truth   really   is   the   truth   and   the   Spirit   of   God   is   the   Spirit   of   God.   Hallelujah!" 
As   anyone   who   is   familiar   with   such   conservative   Christians   knows,   that   kind   of   faithful   confidence   and   rhetoric   is   clearly   how   evangelical   Christians   "talk   and   walk." 
As   such,   the   700   Club's   true   integrity   could   only   accurately   report,   "Polygamy   has   a   range   of   defenders,   including   evangelical   Christians."     The   700   Club   /   CBN   network,   therefore,   officially   and   honestly   made   its   first   historic   report   about   the   Christian   Polygamy   movement. 


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