Televangelist Pat Robertson defended polygamy during Biblical times on the June 7 broadcast of "The 700 Club" (video below).
A viewer asked Robertson why "men of faith" in the Old Testament of the Bible were allowed to have multiple wives and concubines, and if God changed his mind about polygamy, notes Right Wing Watch.
Robertson insisted that "God didn’t change his mind," but said that men were allowed to have numerous wives because women outnumbered men, among other reasons:
Women have babies, and when they have babies, they can't fight wars because they're having babies, and they are looking after their babies, and they need someone to look after them. That's why husbands are supposed to look after their wives.
A man can take care of several wives whereas one wife can’t take care of several husbands. But I think, in the early days, there must have been more women than men and multiple wives were standard stuff in the primitive societies, and they still are in Africa.
Robertson didn't provide evidence for his population demographics, but insisted that God was being consistent: "God didn't change his mind, but then came the New Testament and Jesus gave the standards of marriage, a man will leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. That's the Biblical order of the New Testament."
Early in the Old Testament, Genesis 2:24 states: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."
The Bible allows polygamy in Exodus 21:10, Deuteronomy 21:15-23, and in other verses.
Robertson stated that "God didn't change his mind, but the culture changed," but then added that he didn't know of any verses in the Bible against polygamy. He also said that those mentioned in the Old Testament who had multiple wives were still having "covenant relationships with all of them -- that’s in the book."
The Apostle Paul, who was single, wrote in the New Testament about monogamous marriage in 1 Corinthians 7:2: "But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband," and in 1 Timothy 3:2: "Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach."
Right Wing Watch notes that Robertson has been a strong opponent against same-sex marriage because he believes that marriage is between one man and one woman.