"Family," Jesus teaches, is a unit consisting of a husband, one
or more wives, and the children of that union.
There are, of course, many who don't want family. This church
is for those who do.
hundred years ago and for centuries before that, on marriage, the
became one and that "one" was the husband. Married couples
loved each other with a love much deeper, for the most part, than we
generally know today. And few would argue that the "two becomes one"
standard was clearly best for children. However, two hundred
years ago, many, perhaps
most, women were
prevented from reaching their full potential as productive members
society. The drive to keep women down was largely driven by
husband's jealousy....to let her go free in the workplace allowed
too much contact with other men.
a hundred years ago, largely as a result
of economic changes, this situation changed completely. Now,
two remain two and that "two" is one husband and one wife, with the
majority of spouses changing partners periodically. This is
on everyone, particularly children. Most men have since learned that
their spouse is inclined to cheat, she was not worth keeping in the
first place. But many men, rather than spend their days in a
mildly jealous stupor, simply opt for bachelorhood, or just "date
around," maintaining several relationships, none so important as to
trigger jealous depression.
few want to return to the 200 year old "two become one" standard,
even fewer are content with today's "two remain two" standard.
FCJ suggests, conceptually at least, that the way out of this mess,
best way now to get back to the family of Jesus' day, is with a new
"two to five becomes one" standard. In short, FCJ posits the
itself as an entity, possessing, to the degree
possible, all the rights of any other artificial entity.
If a corporation can be a legal person, why not a family? What
if the family members are the only shareholders? Its not the
husband's family, nor the wives' family. Its just the
family. What if, upon
marriage, or no later than 5 years or so thereafter, the parties'
their assets to this
family entity and receive in place of that property an ownership
interest in the family equal to their contribution.
When anything of importance comes up which
might affect the family entity, including but not limited to
of a member, the family is entitled to assert its own rights, which,
depending on the circumstances, may seem rather punitive to the
member. Ownership in this family entity is restricted, in
leaving the family for any reason, including death, must first offer
a significant portion of his/her interest
to the family itself and then to the shareholders, in proportion to
their ownership interest(s) at that time, before leaving it to
In this church, the
of the "two become one" era which is arguably retained is the
prohibition against it having more than one adult male member or
four adult female members. And that just the way this church
structures the natural differences between the sexes. This is, in
essence, as it was in Jesus' day
and, as Ann Druyan might say today, a tip of the hat to that other
acknowledged God, nature. It also
retains and builds upon characteristics of the "two remains two" era
that, despite significant differences between the sexes, it makes no
other effort to limit the rights of women or men. Each is encouraged
reach her/his own potential within a family structure that better
enables him/her to do just that.
speaking, this church provides some hope. We cannot go on like
this. Over 25% of white, 50% of Hispanic, and 75% of black
children are born out of wedlock. The problem is simple:
are not growing up in homes with fathers, and even if lucky enough
have one, the mother often is pursuing a career other than family,
when her children are young. This Church is devoted to
this trend. Western civilization itself may be at stake.
cannot continue to raise barbarians with impunity. The
is just as simple, though not easy:
there is one husband and one wife, that wife must choose between
career and family and, if she has kids, subjugate her careen until
children get out of high school. She is no salmon. The very
survives the birth of her children is so she can raise them. The
very reason her husband survives the birth of his children is so he
support his family. If there is one wife who choses to have
she has to stay home and raise them until they get out of school. To
less is dishonorable and selfish. Once they are raised, she can
her career. This may be unfair to some wives, but so be it.
children deserve nothing less. While the children are young, she can
only have part time work, if any. Her focus has to be on the
children she created.
On the other hand, if there are three or four wives, each wife has a
lesser burden: one or
two of them might pursue a career even when their children are
At least their children will be raised in a loving home and
money from the career wives' wages could benefit all.
might say from this, with some justification, that plural families
only for marriages of child-bearing age, but we would be wrong.
Older Americans have always set the example. There is none
important to a child than a parent. Parents must continue to lead
way, no matter their age. And these older married persons will
advantaged in their own right, for economies of scale apply across
age-divide and economies of scale are often more important for older
persons. Many, perhaps most women spend their last days
alone. This is neither necessary nor advisable.