(By Ricky Scaparo) According to a shocking report from the Guardian, Portland, OR is known as the home to swingers’ clubs, the most strip bars per capita, and annual porn festivals – And apparently is a “welcoming mat” for Polyamory. There are claims that various Meetup groups boast a few thousand members each, while other Facebook groups have hundreds. So what is “Polyamory” anyway? The Guardian defines as:

Polyamory is the practice of intimate relationships involving more than two people with the consent of everyone involved.   Over the years, polyamory has worked it’s way into becoming a household term. Another shocking poll indicated that Researchers estimated that 4 to 5% of Americans practice some form of consensual non-monogamy. And a 2014 blog post by Psychology Today revealed that 9.8 million people have agreed to allow satellite lovers in their relationships, which includes poly couples, swinging couples and others practicing sexual non-monogamy.

One recent example of this was a recent interview with Mo’nique and her husband on the new program called “The Preachers” in which Mo’Nique was quite open about her “open marriage” with her husband Sidney Hicks. In which both agreed to consensual. And then there was a recent television program on Showtime called “Married and Dating” which depicted polyamorous families as they navigate the challenges presented by polyamory. The program ended up flopping but nevertheless it was a clear attempt to “normalize” this in homes across America. It’s no different that what they have accomplished with the show “Sister Wives” which is a series broadcast on TLC that began airing in 2010 and surprisingly became very popular depicting the life of a polygamist family, which includes patriarch Kody Brown, his four wives.

Back in 2011, ABC did a piece entitled “Polyamory on Rise Among Divorce-Disgusted Americans” which reported on multiple men and women who were hurt by previous divorces and relationships resulting in “Open Relationships”. The report indicated the practice was growing especially among younger Americans who have grown up with a high divorce rate. Again this was 5 years ago and things have not slowed down for sure.

Now let’s be clear on something here. We may give adultery a nice term or water it down all we want but in the end, it is still a sin in the eyes of the Lord. But the enemy does what he does best and distort and manipulate the truth until what was evil is now pleasant. We must be on guard for our marriages and households as the enemy is working overtime in this hour to “Normalize” what will ultimately end in our destruction!