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Category: PressThe news items published under this category are as follows.
John and Charles Wesley's Sister Married a Polygamist
For those of you who will criticize me because I am
condemning Luke Tyerman because he slandered the Reverend Westley Hall, read the
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him [that which
is] wrong; Then both the men, between whom the controversy [is], shall stand
before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those
days; And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, [if] the
witness [be] a false witness, [and] hath testified falsely against his brother;
Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so
shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
Luke Tyerman is a false witness as you will read in this article. His slander
against the Reverend Westley Hall took place around one hundred years after the
death of the Reverend Hall when, in 1873, he published The Oxford
Methodists. It is now around one hundred years after the death of Luke Tyerman.
I will now show that Luke Tyerman is the very "monster and brute" that he
falsely accused the Reverend Westley Hall of being. You be the judge.
The Reverend Westley Hall was a dedicated evangelist of the
18th Century who was also a polygamist. Many churches and Christian evangelicals
supported him throughout his ministry knowing full well that he was a polygamist
both in theory and in practice. Here is a summary of the Reverend
Westley Hall's family. It will soon be added to with additional footnotes.
First wife: Martha Wesley (The sister of John Wesley, founder of the
Methodists and Charles Wesley, the greatest Christian Hymn writer.)
Second wife: Mrs. Betty Rogers Hall, was for a time, the Halls' seamstress.1
Third and subsequent wives: Mrs. A. Hall, Mrs. E.R. Hall and others. I don't
know yet what order. (It was the custom of the time to
give initials only for the names of anyone involved in a relationship that
"polite society" didn't consider proper.)2
Children by Martha: ten, all died before reaching adulthood.
Children by his other wives: many, from Ireland to America. I am still
researching the descendents of Westley Hall.
The Reverend Westley Hall was the brother-in-law
of John and Charles Wesley through his marriage to their sister, Martha Wesley.
What made the Reverend Hall unique for his time, was that he openly taught that
the Bible allows polygamy, and his wife Martha knew this. In our discussion of
the Reverend Hall's life, therefore, we must put aside bigotry and understand
that the Reverend Hall took the women with whom he had relations as wives. [Let
marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for
God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Hebrews 13:4]
who she had married and trusted that his beliefs about marriage were based on
the Bible, and they were. Now, in order to avoid such bigotry as has attended
discussions of polygamy in the past, we must first expose the bigotry. We'll
begin by exposing the slander that has been fomented against the Reverend
Westley Hall by Luke Tyerman in the last chapter of his book, The Oxford
Methodists. He begins his attack with the first sentence of that chapter as
"It is far from pleasant to conclude a book, in
darkness and in pollution; but, in the present case, it cannot be avoided."3
This attack against the Reverend Hall is
unjustified. He was open about his polygamy so it can't be said that he did
anything in darkness. As for pollution? "Let marriage be held in honor among
all." Hebrews 13:4a. Reverend Hall only had relations with his wives, so to
accuse him of pollution is to dishonor marriage itself.
Mr. Tyerman, astoundingly, is unmoved by the very facts of the
Reverend Hall's godly life, which, in page after page of Mr. Tyerman's own
book, Mr. Tyerman himself reveals! The facts of the Reverend Hall's godly
life are apparent to the reader but Mr. Tyerman, the expositor of those facts,
is unable to take them to heart. His bigotry against polygamy colors nearly
every judgment he makes about the Reverend Hall.4
In one paragraph he attacks the Reverend Hall for disciplining his
son by putting him into a "dark closet." Is Mr. Tyerman claiming that no
monogamist mother or father has ever disciplined their child this way? No,
what disturbs Mr. Tyerman is that Martha is nursing one of the Reverend Hall's
children by another wife when this disciplinary action takes place. Would Mr.
Tyerman prefer that whenever Martha is nursing one of her husband's children by
another of his wives that their own children be allowed to misbehave? Is leaving
children without discipline, loving? It's clear that what really disturbs Mr.
Tyerman is that Martha is not only willing to share her husband with other wives
but she is willing to love the children of those other wives as if they are her
own. Even going so far as to nurse them. It upsets Tyerman and others who hate
polygamists when they see a polygamist family without strife since they boldly
claim that this is always the case in polygamist marriages. Maybe they boldly
lie that strife between wives is the rule in polygamist marriages because
the fact is there are only three such cases of strife recorded between wives in
the Bible who shared their husband; Sarah & Hagar, Leah & Rachel, and Peninnah &
Hannah. That's it! The fact is that there are more verses concerning strife
between a husband and his wife in a monogamous marriage than there are verses concerning strife between
wives in a polygamous marriage but we don't use that discord in monogamous marriages as grounds
for condemning them. It's bigotry, impure and simple, that leads men to condemn
polygamy for the scriptures certainly don't do it.
It's clear that the lack of discord in the Reverend Hall's family
so upset Mr. Tyerman's stereotyped view of polygamous families that he felt
compelled to condemn even the slightest infraction on the part of the husband.
It is of note that in the twenty five pages written by Mr. Tyerman about the
life of the Reverend Westley Hall that he was unable to document even one word
of discord between the Reverend Hall and his wives or even between the wives!
Furthermore, Mr. Tyerman continued the sin of his dark generation of
religionists by leaving the names of the other wives and their children out of
his account. Are we to believe that the Reverend Hall, who
blessed Martha with ten, yes, ten conceptions, had no children to survive him
through any of his other wives?
Finding himself without any first hand evidence with which to
attack the Reverend Westley Hall, Luke Tyerman selects a jury of sorts by which
he slanderously prosecutes his case, and who makes up that jury? The in-laws! Yes,
that's exactly whose word he takes. I wonder how many of you would like the
history of your actions here on earth to be judged by your in-laws, and then,
only those in-laws who have uttered words against you. I can hear you protesting
now, "Please, choose from any of my enemies, but don't let my in-laws judge me!"
However, Mr. Tyerman's efforts to tarnish the Reverend Westley
Hall's godly life fail again as he tries to paint a picture of the evil
polygamist through the eyes of his in-laws. He quotes Samuel Wesley, Martha's
brother as follows:
"It is certainly true of that marriage; it will not, and it
cannot come to good."5
Martha's brother, Samuel, penned these lines,
upset that his other sister Kezziah had gone to live with Martha and her
husband, the Reverend Westley Hall. Tyerman writes that Samuel "was also wishful
to have Kezziah beneath his roof, if his brother John would continue to allow
her fifty pounds a year."3 Fifty pounds a year! That's a sum equal to well over
$500 a month in today's dollars.
Instead of succeeding in painting a portrait of an evil polygamist,
Tyerman leads us to believe that the Wesleys are stingy in caring for the needs
of their spinster sister. Samuel, who will not support his sister, begrudges
Kezziah the support of her sister Martha and brother-in-law, the Reverend Westley Hall.
The reason for the family's initial hostility toward the Reverend
Hall can be traced back to his proposal to Martha, followed by his proposal to
her sister Kezziah, and then finally in his marriage to Martha. Before
explaining the details of this confusing courtship I must first make clear to
you that the Reverend Westley Hall did not marry both of the sisters.
The following is Mr.
Tyerman's outline of Dr. Adam Clarke's account:
"About the year 1734, Westley Hall met Martha at
her uncle's house in London, proposed to marry her, and, without the knowledge
of her parents, or her brothers, was accepted. He then accompanied John and
Charles to Epworth, and there saw Kezziah, grew enamoured of her, courted, and
obtained her consent, and that of the family in general, to marry him; all of
them being ignorant of his pre-engagement with Martha. Returning to London, Hall
renewed his addresses to "poor Patty," [Martha] who was completely unconscious
of what had transpired at Epworth. She wrote to her mother, stating that for
some time past, she had been betrothed to Hall. Kezziah, on learning this,
renounced all claim to him. The mother wrote to Martha, assuring her, "that, if
she obtained the consent of her uncle, there was no obstacle" to the marriage.
The uncle raised no objection; gave Martha a dowry of 500 pounds; and the
wedding was completed."
Tyerman admits that if there were some horrible misstep on the part
of the Reverend Hall, as opposed to any misstep on the part of Martha or
Kezziah, that it is "unaccountable" that Susanna Wesley, Martha's mother, would
have then and for her whole life, held such a "high opinion" of the Reverend
Hall. I can't help but wonder if there was something that only their mother
knew, but for the sake of honor did not disclose. No, I'm not saying that either
Martha or Kezziah committed some fornication. What I'm saying is that there
certainly could have been a break in the engagement between Martha and the
Reverend Hall that permitted him to court her sister. This break could have been
repaired once Martha realized she was going to lose Westley to her own sister,
Kezziah. Likewise, Kezziah, upon finding out that her sister, Martha, had
overplayed her hand but still loved Westley, Kezziah, now having second thoughts
concerning marriage on any account, could simply have decided to give him up.
Reverend Hall's own beliefs concerning marriage and polygamy could have been
enough for Kezziah to resign herself to his love but not to his affections.
Living under his roof so soon after her sister's marriage to him is evidence, if
not proof, of this supposition.
It's baffling how Tyerman ignores the character references for the
Reverend Hall that are given by Susanna
Wesley, the oft lauded matriarch of the Wesley evangelical legacy. Susanna's
actions speak loudly as well for she moves
in with her daughter Martha and the Reverend Hall within one year of her son
Samuel's complaint that his sister
Kezziah had done so. Any partial observer would have to agree that the Reverend
Hall and his wife Martha kept a wonderful household. In fact, in addition to
gracing the likes of Susanna Wesley, the Reverend and Mrs. Westley Hall were
hosts to George Whitefield [the leading figure in the eighteenth century American revival known as the Great Awakening] while he was on his way to Wales.6
Another occasion that showed Westley Hall's gracious manner was "when Whitefield
and [John] Wesley quarreled respecting the doctrine of 'Free Grace,' and
Whitefield declared his intention to attack Wesley and his brother [Charles]
wherever he went, Westley Hall assumed the office of peacemaker, waited upon
Whitefield, and reminded him of a promise, he had made, 'that whatever his
private opinion was, he would never publicly preach against' them."7 Here is what Susanna Wesley
wrote concerning the Reverend Westley Hall and his wife Martha Wesley Hall in a letter dated August 5, 1737:
"Mr. Hall and his wife are very good to me. He
behaves like a gentleman and a Christian; and my daughter with as much duty and
tenderness as can be expressed."8
A little over two years later, on September 3, 1739, John Wesley wrote in his
"I talked largely with my mother, who told me,
that, till a short time since, she had scarce heard such a thing mentioned as
the having God's spirit bearing witness with our spirit: much less did she
imagine that this was the common privilege of all true believers. 'Therefore,'
said she, 'I never durst ask for it myself. But two or three weeks ago, while my
son Hall was pronouncing those words, in delivering the cup to me, -The blood of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee,-the words struck my heart, and
I knew, God, for Christ's sake, had forgiven me all my sins.'"
Three years later, Charles Wesley confirmed in a poem at his
mother's funeral that it was at the moment that his mother received the
communion cup from Westley Hall that she first felt her sins forgiven:
In sure and steadfast hope to rise
And claim her mansion in the skies
A Christian here her flesh laid down
The cross exchanging for a crown
True daughter of affliction, she
Inured to pain and misery
Mourn'd a long night of griefs and fears
A legal night of seventy years
The Father then revealed his Son
Him in the broken bread made known
She knew and felt her sins forgiven
And found the earnest of her heaven
Meet for the fellowship above
She heard the call, "Arise, my love!"
"I come!" her dying looks replied
And, lamb-like as her Lord, she died.
It's clear from Charles Wesley's
poem that despite his disagreements with the Reverend Westley Hall that Charles
Wesley indeed credited Hall with being the instrument of God in uttering those precious
words of assurance to his mother. He said no less than that in the words of his
poem. "The Father then revealed his Son, Him in the
broken bread made known, She knew and felt her sins forgiven."
At the very least, the Reverend Hall's "pronouncing those words"
opened Susanna Wesley's heart to the assurance of salvation. Some could
argue that Susanna Wesley was not even saved before the moment about which she
says, "the words struck my heart, and I knew, God, for Christ's sake, had
forgiven me all my sins."
In light of this, we must use caution in judging the Reverend Hall.
There is no reason to believe that he was anything other than a man of honor,
and one who preached the gospel. There are details as to his doctrinal positions
that I won't address, simply because they are of a denominational nature. It is
sufficient to say that most of today's Christians would be closer to the
Reverend Westley Hall in their
understanding of salvation and the role of any church hierarchy in their lives
than they would be to his brothers-in-law, the Wesleys, who
pledged their allegiance to the Church of England insofar as she was considered an
extension of Rome.
Regardless of anyone's views on the Reverend Westley Hall it is of
note that "The unrest of Mr. Wesley's (John) mind was deepened by correspondence
with the Rev. Westley Hall, who had urged him to renounce the Church of England.
At that time, Mr. Wesley believed in apostolical succession and the offering of
an outward sacrifice by the priest. These dogmas were soon afterwards given up
So we see that the Reverend Westley Hall has had an influence on
our very institutions for he was the man who convinced John Wesley, the founder
of Methodism, that our churches are not to be branches of Rome but indeed we are
to stand with Jesus only as our mediator between each one of us and God the
Father. These ideas were not unique to the Reverend Westley Hall but he was the
one that introduced them with effect to John Wesley. [1 Timothy 2:5 For [there
is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;]
Despite these facts, Tyerman continues through his chapter about
the Reverend Westley Hall to spout one hateful sentence
after another with not so much as one piece of evidence that the Reverend Hall
ever wronged his first wife, Martha, or anyone of his other wives, friends, or
associates. Tyerman slanders the Reverend Hall with one comparison after another to sinners of
the past. He begins by comparing Reverend Hall to Reuben, the son of Jacob, who
took his own father's wife! Did the Reverend Westley Hall ever do such a thing?
Never, not even in the wildest slanders against him, was it ever alleged that he
did such a thing. So why exactly does Luke Tyerman hate the Reverend Westley
Hall, even going so far as to call him "Reuben redivivus?" [Reuben
revived.] The answer is simple,
like most religionists who disagree with polygamy, it's not enough for them to
simply disagree and state the differences. It's not enough because they have no
facts on their side. It's literally not enough. They have no
scriptures, no precedent, their entire argument is based on feelings and those
feelings, are not from love, but hatred. The twisting of scriptures to paint an
evil picture of polygamists begins with their quoting the Bible concerning
Lamech. Lamech, who they claim is the first polygamist, acts in self defense by
killing his attacker, but we'll overlook this obvious fact for a moment and use
the anti-polygamists illogic to expose their own error. They claim Adam as the
model on which we should base our marriages and say that he was a monogamist.
Ok, let's accept that at face value. Look what horror befalls Adam, the
monogamist. He has but one wife, so not wishing to lose her he commits the
original sin in accepting the forbidden fruit, thereby causing untold suffering
not to mention the sacrificial death of our Lord and Savior Jesus in order to
wipe that original sin away. Then his tiny
monogamist family which is limited to just one birth per year, turns inward upon
itself with the first born of a monogamist murdering the second born of a
monogamist and then going out to be a monogamist himself! Oh what horrors
monogamy causes! Of course I'm jesting. You know and I know that such arguments
are ridiculous but such are the arguments of anti-polygamists against the
Without any valid arguments against polygamy, it's not surprising
that the anti-polygamists stoop to name calling, the last bastion of liberals
which is what all religionists are. The religionists follow the teachings of man
and an imperfect and evolving culture over the perfect teachings of our Lord as
found in the pages of the Bible. Their name calling amounts to bearing false
testimony which Jesus stated leads to murder.
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou
shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause
shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother,
Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool,
shall be in danger of hell fire. Matthew 5:21,22
Do you ever get the feeling that those who
oppose polygamy would like to see the polygamists dead? If you have never been
on the receiving end of such hatred, just try an experiment. Tell your friends
in church that polygamy is acceptable to God and that no woman should oppose her
husband in his desires to take another wife. Then duck for cover. They'll spew venom
as never you thought they could. The kind people that you thought you knew will
hate you and will not use the Bible against you except when they take it
entirely out of context. They'll stoop to slandering every polygamist
who ever walked the earth, including King David.
Now, back to Mr. Tyerman who hates the Reverend Hall because, in
his words, "The man became a professed polygamist." Mr. Tyerman sees
no reason to justify his calling the Reverend Westley Hall a "monster and a brute"
because he simply considers any polygamist a monster and a brute. If this is not
his reason for condemning Mr. Hall with these words, then what is? What sin has
the Reverend Hall committed? Has he beat his wife? No. Has he yelled at her and
berated her? No. Has he beaten the children? No. Then what could it be? What could Mr. Tyerman be
referring to when he accuses the Reverend Westley Hall of being a "monster and a
brute?" He's referring to one thing; the fact that the Reverend Hall agreed with
Martin Luther, John Milton, and other eminent theologians and writers of the
reformation and the centuries following it, that a man has a right to have more
than one wife, and moreover, that the Reverend Hall followed in the custom of
certain close relatives of the Wesleys by actually taking more than one wife.
Luke Tyerman, in fact, has absolutely no justification for any of the bigoted
adjectives that he ascribes to the Reverend Westley Hall. Luke Tyerman hates
polygamists so he thinks that he can call them all manner of name without
justification. If you're against polygamy then you've likely participated in the
same slanders even if those slanders have only been within the confines of your
mind because there are no scriptures against polygamy. I am waiting till this
day for anyone who has visited any of my websites to produce once such verse and
I've had well over a million readers since my ministry began. Thousands who hate
my ministry have sent me comments through the comment form on this website but
most have not even had the guts to give their real email address. Not one of
those critics has given any verse banning
polygamy because there are none.
There is a stark contrast between the Reverend Westley Hall's happy
polygamous marriages, including saint like descriptions of his wife, Martha, and
the unhappy monogamous marriage of his brother-in-law, John Wesley. John
Wesley's wife "traveled with him for some time, but soon very naturally grew
dissatisfied with a life so restless and so incompatible with the tastes and
convenience of her sex. Unwilling to travel herself, she became equally
dissatisfied with her husband's habitual absence. Her discontent took at last
the form of a monomaniacal jealousy. During twenty years she persecuted him with
unfounded suspicions and intolerable annoyances. She repeatedly deserted him,
but returned at his own earnest instance. She opened, interpolated, and then
exposed to his enemies his correspondence, and sometimes traveled a hundred
miles to see, from a window, who accompanied him in his carriage. At last,
taking with her portions of his Journals and papers, which she never restored,
she left him with the assurance that she would never return."10
"Mrs. Hall was never heard to speak of her husband but with
kindness. She often expressed wonder that women should profess to love their
husbands, and yet dwell upon their faults, or indeed upon those of their
friends. She was never known to speak evil of any person."11
It can only be guessed as to where the Reverend Westley Hall first
got it in his mind to become a polygamist but it would have been impossible for
the Reverend Hall not to have known that the cousin of his wife's grandfather
had been a polygamist since the case of the latter's son was the legal case of
the century. In fact, the case of James Annesley, the son of that cousin, Lord
Altham, Earl of Anglesea, is
often cited as the precedent setting case for Attorney Client Privilege.
Had Mr. Tyerman referred to Lord Altham, the cousin of Martha
Wesley Hall's grandfather, as a monster and a brute, I would have had no argument with him, because
after Lord Altham took a second wife, he sent away the first, in effect,
divorcing her without any legal proceedings or Bill of Divorcement, then upon the urging of his second
wife, Lord Altham sent away even the son that his first wife had borne him.
Worse yet, he
spread the rumor that this, his own son, had died, effectively disinheriting him! This son,
James Annesley, had barely reached the tender age of ten when he became a
homeless vagabond in the London streets. Three years later, the other cousin of
Martha Wesley Hall's grandfather, Richard, sent James away on a boat to be sold in America as a slave.
After many years, James was able to return to England.12 His case was heard at the
bar of the Court of Exchequer in Dublin. Howell's State Trials refers to it as
"the longest trial ever known, lasting fifteen days, and the jury, most of them,
gentlemen of the greatest property in Ireland, and almost all members of
parliament." Richard Annesley, Lord Altham's cousin who had by default gained
the estate, lost the case to the rightful heir, James Annesley, but continued to
appeal, even to "his Majesty for his seat in the Houses of Peers of both
kingdoms." The rightful heir, James Annesley, ran out of money to fight the
appeals and died penniless. His case could not have escaped the attention of the
Wesleys by 1741, when he returned from America by way of Jamaica and news of it
hit the tabloids.13
Now there was another Annesley of whom the brothers John and Charles
Wesley as well as their brother-in-law, the Reverend Westley Hall must have been acutely aware, their mother's great uncle, the
first Earl of Anglesea. He was an intimate of John Milton, having
received many of his
publications prior to release and a few that were not released till after the
death of John Milton.14 It's clear that this ancestor of the Wesleys would have been privy to
Milton's teachings on divorce and polygamy for within the circle of John Milton, biblical
divorce and its kinder alternative, Christian polygamy, were daily topics for
discussion. Dryden, had worked in the same office with Milton and is fondly
remembered as the author of the following poem:
In pious times, ere priestcraft did begin,
before polygamy was made a sin;
When man on many multiplied his kind,
Ere one to one was cursedly confined;
When nature prompted, and no law denied
Promiscuous use of concubine and bride;
Then Israel's monarch after heaven's own heart,
His vigorous warmth did variously impart
To wives and slaves; and, wide as his command,
Scattered his maker's image through the land.
It was not just the Reverend Westley Hall's
polygamy that Luke Tyerman disagreed with. It was the Reverend Hall's brand of evangelicalism
that opposed popery as well as those churches, which included the
Anglican church, that taught that their own authority came from Rome. In the
Reverend Westley Hall's own poem to his son by Martha
he warns his son against following in the traditions of Rome, something that
nearly every member of every Baptist church in America heard regularly till the
last few decades.
Tyerman condemns him for opposing Romish doctrines instead of
praising him for trusting in God's word alone. Here is a portion of what the
Reverend Westley Hall wrote for his son with which you'll likely agree:
"Inspired with frantic, false, fanatic zeal,
See, with what rage, they threat damnation, -hell,
To all who fair expose the wretched lies,
The frauds, the follies, falsehood, forgeries,
Of Romish fathers, councils, canons, schools,
Impostors' orders, monks' and madmen's rules."
I cannot imagine one Baptist minister prior to
the 1960s who wouldn't
delight in reading the words of the Reverend Westley Hall's poem. Yet Tyerman
hides behind quotes of the late Dr. Clarke to condemn the Reverend Hall for a
poem most Evangelical Christians would agree with. The quote of Dr. Clarke
without Tyerman raising so much as one objection to its tenor is as follows:
"The whole is a miserable Deistical address, strongly advising his
son to follow the dictates of his own nature, as the best way of fulfilling the
purposes of his Creator."
The word "Deistical" is of note for as early as the 16th century,
Viret recognized the use of the it as a pejorative, an insult, not used to truly
describe a person's beliefs but to label them with a bigoted word which was
widely used against anyone who dared speak against the Church of England.15
As I uncover the facts concerning the Reverend Westley Hall's wives and
children I will add them to this article. It is my hope that others will find
additional information that can be added to this as well.
There is an unbroken timeline of polygamous discussion and practice
all the way from Martin Luther into the nineteenth century and at the very
least, the Wesleys were descendents of those who passed forward some of the most
literary of these discussions.
A final note: The Reverend Westley Hall is accused by Mr. Tyerman of
"deserting Martha." If Billy Graham is guilty of deserting his wife during long
evangelical tours then I will accept that other evangelists are guilty of it but
if Billy Graham is excused of it, then so is the Reverend Hall. Some have
accused the Reverend Hall of leaving his wife without support by citing records
of John Wesley giving financial support to Martha during the period that the
Reverend Hall was away on mission. Considering that the Reverend Hall supported
John & Charles Wesley's own mother for nearly seven years and John & Charles
Wesley's own sister, Kezziah, for about the same number of years, the small
favor of helping him make sure support got to his wife during his missionary
absence was nothing. The fact is that the Reverend Hall was receiving support
from other Christians during his missionary absence and
who more likely to have taken care of his finances during that time than John
Wesley, the brother-in-law whose relatives the Reverend Hall had helped support
for so many years. It was no secret that the wives of ministers and missionaries
were being provided for out of a fund that John Wesley had indeed administered
"as measures had been adopted" "to relieve the
preachers from dependence upon secular business for a maintenance, another step
forward for their support, and toward the permanent organization of the lay
ministry, was now taken by the enactment of a regular circuit collection for an
'allowance' to their wives."16
The Reverend Hall, at great risk to life and limb, crossed the
ocean to spread the gospel in Barbados. It appears that two of his wives,
Mrs. E.R. Hall & Mrs. A Hall, accompanied him to Barbados.2 We have no account of why Martha did not wish
to. From the following account of the adventures of the Reverend Westley Hall in
Barbados it's clear that his mission was very dangerous.
"Ten negroes broke into his house; one of whom was upon the point of cutting
his throat when E. R. knocked him down with a pewter pot; which put the rest
into such confusion that she had time to secure herself and her children, and
Mr. H. to leap out of a balcony."
Did the Reverend Hall sin? Of course, but not by taking more than one wife.
I'm not claiming that he was perfect, only that he led just as godly of a life
as his brothers-in-law, the Wesleys.
He practiced what he preached; that polygamy is not forbidden by the Bible. The
Reverend Westley Hall was correct in this as has been proven in many of the
articles on this website.
The Reverend Westley Hall led many to a saving knowledge of Jesus,
not the least of which was Susanna Wesley, mother of the Wesleys. It is my hope
that this article will be the beginning of many articles and possibly even books
that will rehabilitate the reputation of the Reverend Westley Hall that has been
so wrongly tarnished by the slander of men such as Luke Tyerman.
It is of note that after the Reverend Westley Hall went to be with
the Lord that his wife, Martha, enjoyed the company of Dr. Samuel Johnson,
famous in the 18th century for having authored the most popular dictionary of
his era, A Dictionary of the English Language, and his publication,
The Rambler, a twice weekly periodical published from 1750-1752:
"She [Martha Westley Hall] dined often with Dr.
Johnson at Bolt-Court; he ardently admired her, and even wished her to reside in
his own house with Mesdames Williams and DuMoulin."17
This is of particular interest since Samuel Johnson had admitted to fantasies of
having a seraglio.(harem)18
1. In a letter dated December 26, 1761, John Wesley, the founder of the
Methodists wrote to his Brother Charles Wesley concerning a number of things.
One of them was the subject of his polygamous brother, the Reverend Westley
John Wesley wrote:
"Is it right that my sister Patty should suffer Mr. Hall to live with her? I
almost scruple giving her the sacrament, seeing he does not even pretend to
renounce Betty Rogers."
Notice what John Wesley says, "giving her the sacrament," in reference to
whether he should give his sister Martha (Patty) communion since she stays with
her polygamist husband whose other wife is Betty Rogers. John thinks that Martha
should at least be condemning her husband, which she never did. To have a
brother-in-law who is a polygamist is one thing to John Wesley but that his
sister should never say a word against it is quite another.
2. John Wesley - Wesley Journal, Volume 4
"I was well pleased to have some conversation with Mrs. A------1, lately come
from Barbados. [One of the Reverend Westley Hall's wives and so recognized here
by John Wesley. His lack of condemnation of polygamy here may be in deference to
the fact that this is his journal and not a letter containing personal
opinions.] She [One of Westley Hall's wives] gave me an account of her poor
husband (first a red-hot Predestinarian, talking of God's ' blowing whole worlds
to hell,' then a Quaker, now a Deist); as also of the narrow escape which Mr. H.
lately had : 'Ten negroes broke into his house; one of whom was upon the point
of cutting his throat when E. R. [supposedly Westley Hall's favorite wife]
knocked him down with a pewter pot; which put the rest into such confusion that
she had time to secure herself and her children, and Mr. H. to leap out of a
Notice that E.R. had children and of course it's likely that all of the Reverend
Hall's wives had children. I will be researching what happened to these
The Reverend Hall was certainly acting in the capacity of a
missionary in Barbados but we are not made aware of who was supporting him.
Unlike the Reverend Martin Madan, the Reverend Westley Hall was not a rich man.
He would have needed support in his mission work. Imagine, an 18th century
Christian missionary who was also a known polygamist and who still received all
the support he needed from the folks back home! Any condemnations by the many
biographers of the Reverend Westley Hall must therefore be expected to answer
the question: If the Reverend Westley Hall was such a horrible person, why did
the ministers and churches with whom he was associated continue to support him,
full well knowing that he lived with more than one wife during his mission to
Barbados as well as during his evangelistic outreaches back home? In regards to the Reverend Hall's change of denominations, that is not
uncommon, even today. We would hope that Christians who read their Bible will
discover a deeper meaning each day and if led by God to another denomination
will follow the Lord's leading. As for the word deist. It is a pejorative, a
word used to insult, which does not carry the dictionary meaning but simply
means one who does not follow the established church which we must admit, at the
time, was the Church of England.
3. Page 386 The Oxford Methodists by Luke Tyerman Copyright 1873
4. Comparisons to "Judas Iscariot" and "Reuben" are given on the opening page of
Luke Tyerman's slanderous account of the Reverend Westley Hall. He refers to the
account of Reverend Westley Hall to be "nauseous." You would think that if the
Reverend Westley Hall were so "nauseous" that at least once in the 42 years that
he was an ordained minister that he would have been publicly condemned by those
that surrounded him. Yet, not once did any of his peers bring charges against
him where two or three could hear.
5. Page 391 The Oxford Methodists by Luke Tyerman Copyright 1873
6. George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the
Eighteenth Century By Arnold A. Dallimore Copyright 1990 Page 45
7. Page 395 The Oxford Methodists by Luke Tyerman Copyright 1873, Wesley's Works
Volume 1 Page 286
8. Clarke's Wesley Family, Volume 2 Page 106
9. Memoirs of the life of sir Walter Scott by John Gibson Lockhart Copyright
1850 Page 768 Narrative of the Life of James Annesley
10. Page 370 The History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century,
Called Methodism. Volume 1
By Abel Stevens, LL.D.
11. Page 577 Memoirs of the Wesley Family
By Adam Clarke
12. The details of this case are given in A Complete Collection of State
Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from
the earliest period till the year 1783 by T.B. Howell, Esq. F.R.S.
13. Cyclopædia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature By John
McClintock, James Strong Copyright 1895 Page 938
14. Page 209 Some account of the life and writings of John Milton
By Henry John Todd 1826
15. "'Deist' was a pejorative label first coined by Pierre Viret in the context
of mid sixteenth century confessional debate to indict those, on authority of
their own consciences took it upon themselves to challenge the articles of
Calvinist Orthodoxy." "'Deists', depending upon who used the word about whom,
did not necessarily have any precise content."
The Columbia History of Western Philosophy, ed R.R. Popkin Page 2
Now the fact is that the Reverend Westley Hall was a Calvinist and his only
so-called unorthodoxy was that he accepted what the Bible said, that there was
no sin in taking more than one wife.
16. Page 441 The History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century,
Called Methodism. Volume 1
By Abel Stevens, LL.D.
17: Page 53 The History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century,
Called Methodism. Volume 1
By Abel Stevens, LL.D.
18. Samuel Johnson said, "I have often thought that, if I kept a seraglio, the
ladies should all wear linen gowns, or cotton--I Mean stuffs made of vegetable
substances. I would have no silk; you cannot tell when it is clean; it will be
very nasty before it is perceived to be so. Linen detects its own dirtiness."
Page 182 The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Together with The Journal of a Tour
to the Hebrides
By James Boswell, ESQ.
Note: Copyright 2006 Don Milton All Rights Reserved
Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Sep 25, 2006 - 12:34 AM
Charles Wesley, the most famous Christian hymn writer of all time, had a son named Samuel. Now, Samuel Wesley married a second wife (quite possibly she was his third wife) while his first wife was still living under his roof. Samuel's first son through this polygamous union with Sarah Suter,
who he affectionately called Pexy, was Samuel Sebastian Wesley, the greatest Christian composer of the 19th century.
If you've spent any time in a church pew you will immediately remember Samuel
Sebastian Wesley's famous composition that accompanies the following song:
The church's one Foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is his new creation
By water and the Word:
From heav'n he came and sought her
To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her,
And for her life he died.
All periods of great revival are preceded by a series of miraculous events. The
revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries were no exception. Although many gifted song writers and composers
contributed to the music of the period, and I'm sure many were accompanied
by their own miracles, this is the story of the miracles concerning the Wesleys and the man who carried on their legacy
both before and after his own death, Martin Madan.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodists was the 15th of 19
children [miracle 1] born to Susanna Wesley, wife of the Reverend Samuel Wesley. Susanna gave birth four more times
[miracles 2-5]. One of those children was Charles.
Now Martin Madan was an attorney and a great impersonator. One evening when he and his
fellow attorneys were kidding around, one of them challenged him to go watch the famous evangelist, John Wesley, and then
to come back and entertain them with an impression of the great evangelist. That
very night, Martin Madan not only met John Wesley but he was introduced to the Lord Jesus in such a powerful way that it changed his life forever
[miracle 6]. Martin Madan began preaching and teaching the gospel. Now this
powerful conversion of Martin Madan was no exaggeration for he was so interested in reaching the lost for the Lord that he took the chaplaincy of the London Lock Hospital,
the hospital that he himself had founded to treat those afflicted with venereal diseases. He knew
his Lock Hospital was the place where he could not only reach the lost but involve himself
in his music ministry, a ministry
which was to take up the greater portion of his career. It was during this time that he penned the words to the
following famous hymn:
Now begin the heav’nly theme,
Sing aloud in Jesus’ Name;
Ye, who His salvation prove,
Triumph in redeeming love.
Ye, who see the Father’s grace
Beaming in the Savior’s face,
As to Canaan on ye move,
Praise and bless redeeming love.
Mourning souls, dry up your tears,
Banish all your guilty fears,
See your guilt and curse remove,
Canceled by redeeming love.
Ye, alas! who long have been
Willing slaves to death and sin,
Now from bliss no longer rove,
Stop and taste redeeming love.
Welcome all by sin oppressed,
Welcome to His sacred rest;
Nothing brought Him from above,
Nothing but redeeming love.
When His Spirit leads us home,
When we to His glory come,
We shall all the fullness prove,
Of our Lord’s redeeming love.
Hither then your music bring,
Strike aloud each cheerful string;
Mortals join the host above,
Join to praise redeeming love.
In reading the lyrics to Redeeming Love it's easy to see how songs
such as this, combined with the preaching of God's word by the Reverend Martin
Madan, would pierce even the hearts of lost prostitutes who had nowhere to go
but his London Lock Hospital.
As they lived out their days suffering and often dying from the scourge of
venereal disease they found redemption and then joy in singing praises to God.
The Reverend Martin Madan produced a tract with the heart rending testimony of
one such converted prostitute. On her death bed, writes Madan, the dying woman's
mother asked her, "How can I give you up? My burden is great." To which the
dying penitent replied, "Do like me. Cast your burden upon Christ, and He will
bear it for you."
The Lord blessed Martin Madan's ministry. The very people he
reached through his music ministry and with the gospel, those same lost souls
who were saved, became his choir. Those also who had been cast aside by polite society came to know a greater friendship in the Lord through the Reverend Martin Madan and his
The Reverend Martin Madan had inherited great wealth and so with
his own monies he constructed the Lock Chapel and then donated it to the
hospital. His chapel seated 800 and an empty seat was rarely found. The pews were full of both the lowly
and the high born. He became famous for preaching as well as for his choir and
mastery of harmonies. Since the pews were not enough, people would crowd into the aisles and wherever they could hear the message and music.
He preached chastity in the pure form found only in the pages of the Bible such as
has not been heard in any church up to this day. The lives he touched by not
giving in to cultural bigotry but preaching straight from the word cannot be
Martin Madan was no stranger to the fact that many, if not most of the prostitutes
suffering from venereal diseases at the London Lock Hospital, were abandoned
mistresses who had been forced to enter prostitution rather than see their children starve. After years
spent ministering to the abandoned and now diseased mistresses of the London
Madan released his book called Thelyphthora [miracle 8]. Attorney that he was,
he put forth his case, from the Bible, that polygamy must be accepted by the church and society.
Part of the book also set forth the case that the men who impregnated these
prostitutes must be forced to support them as wives. His years as an attorney
had served him well. He so forcefully exposed the hypocrisy of the day that his book was met by no
less than 19 rebuttals written by prominent English moralists. None, however,
could match his prowess in biblical exposition and his book remains unmatched to
this day in its full treatment of the arguments favoring the acceptance of
polygamy as a valid form of Christian marriage.
During Martin Madan's years at the Lock Hospital, he produced (at
his own expense) the first hymnal to be widely distributed [miracle 7]. His hymnal contained the hymns of not only the Wesley brothers, but Isaac Watts, George Whitfield, and the other greats of the 18th century. Martin Madan's Hymnal, later to be known as the Lock Hospital Collection, was the very hymnal used in the great Methodist revivals of the Americas. The Baptists didn't even have a hymnal till 25 years later.
Both in England and in America HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of souls were
brought to the Lord through the music reproduced from Martin Madan's hymnal: A
Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Never Published. In
his dedication of the hymnal to the hospital he wrote:
"This Collection of Hymn and Psalm Tunes is presented as a
benefaction to the Hospital, that the profits arising from the sale of it may be
applied for the benefit of the Charity."
His hymnal was sent to the printer on August 18, 1769. Just
thirteen days later, On August 31, 1769, Martin Madan's ten and a half year old
son, William, died. In his elegy to his beloved son Madan wrote:
He stood confess'd his Parent's Joy and Pride,
Nor ever caus'd them Grief but when he dy'd.
Three and a half years before this tragic event, Charles Wesley had
named Martin Madan godfather to his newborn son, Samuel. Now that Madan was
bereaved of his own son, Samuel became the focus of his fatherly attentions.
Soon Samuel was showing not just talent, but greatness. By the age of eight he
had composed the oratorio, Ruth. His musical talent matched his
father's lyrical talent. By this time Madan began to take him along with him on visits to
friends and the two made any Christian gathering a festive musical occasion; the child genius and the famous Madan of the Lock Chapel. As Samuel matured his godfather,
Madan, did not fail to teach him the things he'd written
in Thelyphthora, his pro-polygamy book. It's clear that Samuel agreed with his
godfather for he wrote the following concerning his first wife prior to his licensing their already consummated marriage.
"She is truly and properly my wife by all the laws of God and nature. She never can be made more so by the mercenary tricks of divine jugglers but yet, if a million of ceremonies, repeated myriads of times, by as many successors and imitators of Simon Magus, can serve to make her more happy, or more honourable, I am ready to pay them for their hocus pocus, for I am told that in this evangelical age, the gift of God is not to be purchased without money."
Samuel Wesley had learned well. He knew that no license was needed
to be wed and he learned that he could have more than one wife from the Bible
under his godfather's able instruction.
Now it must be said that many years prior to Samuel's taking Pexy (Sarah Suter) as a wife,
that he may have had another wife but there is little known about her. She was
his sister Sarah's best friend, Anne Dean. One of the reasons that little is known about her may be that Samuel continued the relationship but hid it. We can't know
for certain since there is no physical evidence of their consummating a marriage
as was the case with Pexy, the physical evidence being the 9 children which Pexy bore him.
Charlotte, Samuel Wesley's first wife, was leery from the start of letting Pexy come to live with them as a maid.
Her resistance is understandable considering that Samuel would have been as
vocal concerning the biblical acceptability of polygamy as any of today's Christian polygamists,
after all, his godfather had written the book on Christian polygamy. Pexy's
coming to stay with them would put such a relationship within reach, quite
literally. Despite Charlotte's misgivings, Pexy came to live with them as their
maid and soon after she was pregnant by
Samuel. It was now visibly apparent to Charlotte that her husband had indeed taken Pexy as a wife
but Charlotte didn't leave this polygamous relationship immediately. She
remained in what was certainly one of the most unusual of living arrangements of the
day for months after Pexy had conceived. Charlotte Wesley left her husband Samuel by some estimates as late as May of the year 1810. Pexy gave
birth to Samuel Sebastian Wesley, the first child of nine that she would bear to
her polygamous husband, Samuel, in August of the year 1810. It's apparent that Charlotte was considering remaining in this polygamous marriage based
on the fact she remained far beyond the time at which Pexy was visibly pregnant
but such was not to be the case.
Her Victorian upbringing, despite her initial unconventional marriage to Samuel,
won out. Samuel and Pexy's firstborn son, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, went on to be the greatest composer of Christian hymns of the 19th century.
Without Martin Madan's hymnal the revivals to follow would have
been delayed. Without his teachings on polygamy, the greatest Christian composer
of the 19th century would not have been born.
What may be the most amazing miracle of all is that Samuel
Sebastian Wesley, Samuel's son through Pexy, was never considered illegitimate
by the church or society [miracle 10] and Samuel was recognized as being married
to Pexy despite the fact that he remained legally married to Charlotte
throughout his life. The hypocrisy of today's churches is in stark contrast to
the churches of that time in that fornicating ministers and musicians, even
adulterers and adulteresses, are tolerated today but one who might take a wife without
a license or take a second wife while still married to the first wife are cast aside
Samuel Wesley, the son of Charles Wesley, the greatest hymn writer of
the 18th century, was indeed the most famous polygamist to worship the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob since Solomon. Samuel Wesley, the most famous
Christian polygamist of all time.
Coming soon! Read how the sister of John Wesley, founder of the Methodists, married a polygamist. Read how it wasn't Martin Madan who introduced polygamy to the Wesleys but it was likely the events in the life of John Wesley's sister that opened Martin Madan's eyes to this subject.
Note: Copyright 2006 Pastor Don Milton
The Wesleys have categorized their correspondence in great detail and copies of them are available through various church, educational, and commercial establishments. Much of the information in books about the Wesleys has been gleaned from these letters.
 Page 5 Samuel Sebastian Wesley: A Life (Oxford Studies in British Church Music) by Peter Horton (Hardcover - May 6, 2004)
 John Wesley in a letter to Samuel Sparrow - December 28, 1773. "Vast numbers crowd Blackfriars church and the chapel at the Lock"
 Samuel Wesley to his mother - November 7, 1792 [Rylands DDWF 15/5]
Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Jul 25, 2006 - 05:53 AM
Dr. Sherman J. Silber Wins Coolest Guy Award
It's been over seven years since I met Dr. Silber but he was certainly the coolest guy I'd ever met.
In 1998 my wife and I flew to St. Louis, nervous but hopeful. I was visiting Dr.
Silber for a delicate operation and I knew he was the best. In fact, he's
operated on presidents and kings, princes and chief executive officers and now
it was my turn. The operation wasn't cheap and since I was paying for it myself,
I knew I had no choice but to see the best and get it done right the first time.
Dr. Silber met us personally to discuss the operation, do some tests, and get to
know us. He opened with a story to break the ice relating why he became a
"You know the Jewish mother's position on abortion?" He asked. My wife and I
smiled, waiting for the punch line. "The Jewish mother's position on abortion is
that the fetus does not become a person until it has graduated from medical
We laughed then and have gotten our share of laughs from repeating his joke but it
wasn't his joke, funny as it was, that impressed my wife and I the most. It was
his dedication to helping the world follow the Lord's commandment to be fruitful
and multiply that impressed us.
Over twenty years before I met Dr. Silber I met another kind of doctor; a doctor
who was fooled by the world, just as I was, into believing that the world was
overpopulated. He performed a vasectomy on me and I left his office, a man
without a purpose. Well, I had a purpose but it surely wasn't the Lord's
purpose. Years later I realized the error of my ways and repented.
Now I was visiting the great Dr. Silber who would perform his magic. Dr.
Silber's micro-surgical techniques are world renown and I was certain that he
would be able to reverse my vasectomy.
After Dr. Silber discussed the operation with my wife and I he put in his video
which showed the operation in great detail and left the room. IMAGINE THAT!
Well, I was determined to have my vasectomy reversed so even though he would be
cutting me in ways that few of you will ever experience, I trusted him, and of
course my wife and I had put our trust in the Lord as well.
The next morning I was rolled into the operating room. Dr. Silber looked into my
eyes as he asked if I was ready for the operation. I felt as if he was looking
into my soul. Maybe he was counting my future children or even wives. The
anesthesiologist was introduced and after he explained how he would introduce
the medication that would knock me out he began his work. The next thing I knew
I was waking up in my recovery bed. I felt like I had to pee more than I'd ever
felt in my life. Within the first minute of my waking up the nurse explained
that this feeling of having to pee could continue for hours or even longer. To
tell the truth, I don't even know if I woke up the same day as the operation,
talk about being so drugged you can't see straight. You can imagine, operating
on that delicate area, they had to give me some of the strongest medication on
earth. When Dr. Silber was informed that I was awake, he came in and told me
that he was certain I was fertile because my sperm count was so high.
He was right, just three months later my wife was pregnant with our firstborn,
Josiah and three years later our second born, Solomon was on the way. We've had
at least two miscarriages after Solomon's birth but that is due to my wife's age
but Lord willing, we'll have many more children and certainly, I will.
Dr. Sherman J. Silber is definitely the coolest guy I had ever met prior to the birth of my sons.
If you've had a vasectomy and realized that it was a mistake, you can find out
more about Dr. Silber here:
Since I first wrote this article my wife and I have had another child, a baby
daughter, Michaiah, so now we are blessed with three wonderful children thanks
to the Lord who saw fit to bless Doctor Silber with the skilled hands of an
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Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on May 19, 2006 - 03:21 AM
Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on May 14, 2006 - 10:38 PM
Jessica Heslam accurately quoted me in her recent article
about the HBO drama Big Love. Here's what she wrote:
Beginning of Article Citation
“The attention focused on this show is riling up
a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t care about the subject of polygamy,” said
Arizona polygamist Don Milton, who runs www.christianmarriage.andromony.com and says his
hate mail has shot up since the show’s debut.
End of Article Citation
Link to article: http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=139203
For the record, the definition of polygamist follows:
One who practices polygamy, or maintains its
I am of the latter type. I maintain its lawfulness.
I want to be clear on this so that no
one will accuse me of claiming more wives than I currently have. The fact is, as
I have always stated clearly on this site, to anyone who has asked me, and certainly to Jessica Heslam, the writer of the article, I do
not currently have more than one wife. Furthermore, I have stated consistently that I don't put having more than
one wife out of the realm of possibility but I must defer to Solomon's wisdom on this:
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a
time to every purpose under the heaven.
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Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on May 14, 2006 - 10:26 PM
Polygamy is Legal in 43 states when practiced through serial civil divorce*. The states in which it is not legal are the states that have anti-cohabitation laws and they are:
Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. If you practice polygamy through serial civil divorce* you could still be prosecuted for cohabitation if you reside in any of those states.
Even if you have married without a marriage license, virtually all states consider you exactly the same as if you married with a license. If you have such a marriage and marry again without the benefit of a civil divorce you can be charged with bigamy and your first wife can sue you in civil divorce proceedings. Now she knows! Repeat, even without a license for your marriage your wife can successfully seek a divorce settlement from you. Many of you reading this are really just fornicators because you're unwilling to clearly state to your "wives" that you're taking them in marriage.
Note: Polygamy through "serial civil divorce" is the practice wherein the polygamist has each of his wives civilly divorce him prior to marrying an additional wife. Since the polygamist does not recognize any divorce that is not accompanied by a Biblical Bill of Divorcement given freely by the husband and since a wife has no biblical right to divorce her husband, the polygamist remains married to all of them according to the Bible. The state and the federal government consider him single, not his church. The fact that the government only recognizes one wife has the unintended result that the tax burden on polygamists is reduced, sort of like the marriage penalty in reverse. For if the wives are working they are all taxed as single parent heads of household which is a much lower tax rate than would be available to them if all their incomes were considered part of one family unit.
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Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Feb 18, 2005 - 02:20 AM
We're launching two BIG new projects to make this Christian Marriage Ministry a place where you can meet new people, share ideas, and learn about the Bible.Christian Marriage Online University [Expected Launch Date 2/01/05] delayed till 3/31/05
Christian Marriage Friendship Community [Expected Launch Date: 5/1/05]
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- Marriage of CPS & Texas Baptists - It's the Children They Want!
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- Marriage - Adam's Gift
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(Apr 07, 2008)
- Marriage & Martin Luther
(Jan 24, 2008)
- Marriage to a Bigamist
(Jul 18, 2007)
- Marriages that are Broken
(Jul 18, 2007)
- Scooter Libby's Sentence Commuted
(Jul 02, 2007)
- Fairness Doctrine Impotent Against Viral Transceivers
(Jun 25, 2007)
- Sister-In-Law Marriage Incestuous While Wife Lives
(Jun 24, 2007)
- Can a Woman Divorce Her Husband?
(Jun 21, 2007)
- Rape Penalty for Getting Married?
(Jun 20, 2007)
- Martin Madan - A Memory of Love [Chapter 12]
(Feb 05, 2007)
- Walter C. Kaiser's Hateful Slander
(Jan 29, 2007)
- Grace, grace, God's grace!
(Oct 25, 2006)
- Gynopomorphism and Andropomorphism - Why men and women misunderstand each other
(Sep 28, 2006)
- John and Charles Wesley's Sister Married a Polygamist
(Sep 24, 2006)
- Thelyphthora - Now YOU can read it!
(Sep 19, 2006)
(Sep 02, 2006)
- Charles Wesley's Son Was A Polygamist
(Jul 24, 2006)
- Jesus, King of Kings Genealogy
(Jun 25, 2006)
- The Pulpit Commentary by Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Hrsg.)
(Jun 19, 2006)
- Nation of Harlots
(Jun 12, 2006)
- Welfare Wife Polygamy, a Mormon Scandal?
(May 25, 2006)
- Dr. Sherman J. Silber Wins Coolest Guy Award
(May 18, 2006)
- Contact Pastor Don Milton
(May 14, 2006)
- Jessica Heslam's Boston Herald Article Quoting Pastor Don Milton
(May 14, 2006)
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(May 13, 2006)
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(Mar 05, 2006)
- Chapter 17 - There is no other way to have a man!
(Mar 05, 2006)
- Unmarried Born Again Christian Filipinas Ignored
(Feb 27, 2006)
- Chapter 16 - Coming of Age
(Feb 21, 2006)
- Chapter 15 - Dreams & Visions
(Feb 12, 2006)
- Chapter 11 - Zealous Women
(Feb 01, 2006)
- Chapter 14 - Treasures or Troubles
(Feb 01, 2006)
- Chapter 10 - A Hard Teaching
(Jan 13, 2006)
- Chapter 20 - The Betrothal
(Jan 05, 2006)
- Chapter 19 - Una's Story
(Jan 05, 2006)
- Chapter 19 - Hymns That Convert The Soul
(Jan 05, 2006)
- Chapter 9 - John's Place
(Jan 03, 2006)
- Chapter 8 - The Market
(Dec 28, 2005)
- President Bush Appoints Judge Samuel Alito to be Supreme Court Justice
(Nov 15, 2005)
- Chapter 7 - Loaves of Bread, Fish!
(Oct 08, 2005)
- Time to Get Married
(Aug 05, 2005)
- Biblical Prophecy and Marriage
(Aug 05, 2005)
- Ministry Volunteers Needed Immediately!
(Jul 24, 2005)
- Facts about Salvation - How to get to Heaven
(Jul 24, 2005)
- Seven Things The Lord Has Laid Upon My Heart
(Jul 22, 2005)
- Praise the Lord! President Bush Appoints Conservative Supreme
(Jul 19, 2005)
- Assorted misunderstood verses.
(Jul 05, 2005)
- Concubines, the delight of men.
(Jul 04, 2005)
- An Open Letter to Muslims
(Jul 04, 2005)
- President Bush Abandons Christians on Israel. Will Judges Be Next?
(Jun 11, 2005)
- Laura Bush's Lewd Remarks and Focus on the Family
(May 17, 2005)
- Why are American Christians Silent About the Immorality and Decline of America?
(May 12, 2005)
- Laura Bush - First "Lady" or First "Slut!"
(May 05, 2005)
- A Maiden's Footprints in the Sand
(Apr 25, 2005)
- Chapter 6 - Cherry the Harlot
(Apr 07, 2005)
- Cousin Marriage
(Mar 31, 2005)
- Chapter 5 - The Barbecue
(Mar 31, 2005)
- Can You Accept The Bible Over Your Culture?
(Mar 24, 2005)
- Chapter 4 - Sisters in Need
(Mar 23, 2005)
- Chapter 3 - Humble Abode
(Mar 15, 2005)
- Chapter 2 - The Arrival
(Mar 15, 2005)
- Chapter 1 - Mission Mindanao
(Mar 14, 2005)
- Prologue to The Prince of Sumba
(Mar 14, 2005)
- Marriage Protection Amendment - SJR 1
(Mar 12, 2005)
- The Key to Understanding The Husband of One Wife.
(Mar 10, 2005)
- Permission Slip Polygamy - AKA - "Love Not Force"
(Mar 10, 2005)
- Was Jesus a Married Man?
(Mar 09, 2005)
- President Bush's 2nd Wife?
(Mar 08, 2005)
- Adultery In Your Heart - It's Not What You Think
(Mar 08, 2005)
- Read the Bible in One Year
(Feb 26, 2005)
- Chapter 13 - Rites of Manhood
(Feb 23, 2005)
- Polygamy is Legal in 43 States!
(Feb 17, 2005)
- Mark Twain on Polygamy
(Feb 16, 2005)
- Chuck Swindoll linked to site sympathetic to Polygamists
(Feb 16, 2005)
- Marriage Licenses
(Feb 14, 2005)
- Marriage Certificates
(Feb 14, 2005)
- We Preach Christ Crucified
(Feb 14, 2005)
- Is Valentine's Day Scriptural?
(Feb 14, 2005)
- Who was Rahab?
(Feb 14, 2005)
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