Whoever marries another woman commits adultery (Matthew 19:9) – so you cannot marry another woman?
If we take the commandment about adultery:
9 But I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Matt.19:9),
then it is clear that adultery is imputed to the Lord when the husband divorces and marries another. If he does not divorce and marries another wife, it is not adultery, but marriage.
God’s commandment and Bible does not forbid a second marriage if there is no divorce.
Is it permissible to divorce a second and subsequent wives, to neglect them, and to deprive them of property, finances, marital cohabitation, and other rights?
According to Bible, one cannot divorce his wives. It doesn’t matter how many wives there are.
I have come across this heresy that is preached in Christian churches in the East, in Muslim countries, where many men already have two or more wives. Such men believe in the Lord, and ignorant pastors teach them that they should only honor their first wife as their wife. And the other wives are to let go of them, divorce them, and honor them as sisters.
The Bible says nothing of the sort. This is human, unbiblical teaching, a heresy sown by wicked, ignorant pastors to multiply sin in the church of God, in the people of God: God has forbidden divorce (!):
32 But I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for the guilt of adultery, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Matt.5:32),
that is, they do, they sow in the hearts of their wives, with whom they divorce, the temptation to commit adultery. And temptation, according to the Scriptures, is a terrible sin:
7 “Woe to the world because of seductions, for seductions must come; but woe to the man through whom seduction comes. (Matt.18:7).
Also, heretics preach to former Muslims that second and subsequent wives must be like sisters to a husband who believes in Christ and must be deprived of conjugal cohabitation. But even this directly contradicts Scripture:
10 But if he shall take another for him, she shall not be deprived of food, clothing, or marital companionship; (Exodus 21:10).
Not to mention depriving them and their children of food, clothing, and shelter.
So when we read about how, after returning from captivity, the Israelites agreed to let go of their wives and children who were not from Israel, but from other nations:
3 Let us now make a covenant with our God, that, according to the counsel of my lord and those who reverence the commandments of our God, we will let go [from ourselves] all the wives and [children] born to them-and it shall be according to the law! (Ezra 10:3),
We must understand that this decision was made illegally: the commandment of God in Exodus 21:10 above was directly violated by this decision, because God did not forbid marriage with foreign wives in general, but God forbade marriage only with the wives of those nations who lived in the land of Israel, the descendants of Canaan:
15 Thou shalt not marry the inhabitants of that land, lest, when they commit fornication after their gods and offer sacrifices to their gods, they should invite thee also, and thou shouldst not partake of their sacrifice;
16 And thou shalt not take a wife of their daughters unto thy sons, lest their daughters, when they commit adultery after their gods, lead thy sons also into adultery after their gods. (Exodus 34:15,16).
And then they let the wives go, and, what is also terrible, the children of wives from nations far off, not from the nations of Canaan, but from the Chaldeans.
But even with those wives who would have been from the nations of Canaan, it was not commanded to divorce them after they had already become wives. Not to mention releasing children from these wives, who were not guilty of anything at all. This is a grave sin.
It is forbidden to marry them, but it is not commanded to divorce them. These are different things.
We need to separate and understand exactly what God has commanded us to do, and to do exactly what God has commanded us to do, not with our own human fictions (Psalm 118:113).