Dr. Derwin Gray and Benjamin Watson have each taken issue with NFL quarterback Cam Newton’s recent statement implying that the Bible condones polygamous relationships in some cases. Newton made his comments in a frank conversation with Megan Brooks and B. Simone on his Funky Friday interview series.
“I believe that in our religion, it has got lost in translation,” said Newton in the interview, which premiered Sept. 16 [Editor’s note: This video contains language some may find offensive.]. “People say, ‘Oh, that’s in the Old Testament, this is the New Testament and things like that. There are some high-value men in the Bible that had a lot of favor from God by having multiple wives and multiple concubines. So you can’t sit up here and say you want a man of God and not acknowledge the fact that, oh, in this society it’s socially accepted, but in the Bible—when you talk about David, when you talk about Solomon, the wisest person in all of earth—he had the most wives anybody has ever had, and concubines.”