The founder of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther wrote: “I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture. If a man wishes to marry more than one wife he should be asked whether he is satisfied in his conscience that he may do so in accordance with the word of God. In such a case the civil authority has nothing to do in the matter.”
(Luter, Martin. De Wette II, 459, ibid., pp. 329–330.)
What have we done to the Africans in the name of Christianity? Polygamy which Christ does not forbid, we have fought against as the greatest of all evils, but divorce and remarriage which he does forbid, we have introduced. We have truly managed to Europeanize them. Mission theory should teach us to preach the gospel but not our own national traditions.
— Harold Turner, Presbyterian missionary
Owusu, Sam (2007). “Towards a Theology of Marriage and Polygamy”. Direction. 36 (2): 192–205.