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His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
(Matthew 19:10-12)

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
(1 Corinthians 7:1,2)

For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
(1 Corinthians 7:7-9)

Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
(1 Corinthians 7:25,26)

But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
(1 Corinthians 7:32-40)

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
(Revelation 14:4)

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
--Samuel Johnson quotes (English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784)

Celibacy, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity; but marriage, like the useful bee, builds a house, and gathers sweetness from every flower, and labors and unites.
Jeremy Taylor quotes (English Anglican, Clergyman, Writer and Bishop, 1613-1667)

Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.
Thomas Love Peacock quotes (English Author and Satirist. 1785-1866)

Marriage has many thorns but celibacy no roses.

Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse.
--Peter De Vries quotes (American comic visionary, Editor, Novelist, Satirist and Linguist. 1910-1993)

The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.
--Pope John Paul II quotes (Polish Pope. 1920-2005)

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
--Socrates quotes (Ancient Greek Philosopher, 470 BC-399 BC)

The celibate practices celibacy, but his heart is filled with pride.
--Sri Guru Granth Sahib quotes

It is only poverty that makes celibacy contemptible. A single woman of good fortune is always respectable.
--Jane Austen quotes (British Novelist and Writer, 1775-1817)

Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord.
--Joseph Ratzinger quotes








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Celibacy and the Bible

Does the Bible indicate that men and women in ministry should remain unmarried? A careful examination of Scripture clearly reveals that it does not.

Hebrew priests were eligible to marry. "And the high priest … shall take a wife in her virginity" (Lev. 21:10,13). Priests had children by their wives, see Ex. 29:4-9; 1 Sam. 1:3.

In the New Testament era deacons and presbyters (bishops, pastors) were married. "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife…" (1 Tim. 3:2).

The Apostle Peter (whom some erroneously suppose to have been the first pope) was married. But in the Bible we read: "When Jesus was come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother laid and sick of a fever. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her" (Matt. 8:14,15). See also Mk. 1:30,31; Lk. 4:38,39.

Paul implied that some of the other apostles were married, and stated that they certainly were free to do so. "Have we not power to lead about a sister, wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas [Peter]?" (1 Cor. 9:5)

Scripture further makes it clear that "marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb.13:4). While God does not exclude any class of society from marriage, He does denounce sexual immorality in all, irrespective of occupation or calling. He offers no exemptions from purity, least of all for those who represent Him as ministers, see Jas. 3:1, cf. Rom. 2:19-24.

Marriage is a sacred bond, and Jesus taught that its sanctity and permanence are to be preserved inviolate. Jesus affirmed that infidelity to the marriage vow constituted the only grounds for divorce. See Matt. 19:3-9. Astonished by this high standard, His disciples said to Him, "If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry" (Matt. 19:10).

This question drew from Jesus a beautiful truth about celibacy as a special calling for some, "All men cannot receive this saying, but they to whom it is given. There are some … which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it" (Matt. 19:11,12).

The preceding texts show that:

Celibacy is a state that some voluntarily embrace for the Kingdom of heaven's sake, in order to serve God without the distractions of attending to the duties and intricacies of personal family life. Celibacy can never legitimately be mandated by a church for its clergy or any portion of its membership. Celibacy, even for those who serve God in full-time ministry, is the exception rather than the rule. No one who chooses celibacy is free to have sexual relations with anyone at any time. True celibacy implies the practice of inviolate chastity. God's word is clear, "This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; not in the lust of concupiscence" [epithymia, i.e., sinful desires] (1 Thes. 4:3-5).

We see then that celibacy is for those who find special grace with God to transcend sexual desire and the need for a marriage partner. This state of singleness is for the relative few, and is a choice (or calling) that lies between the individual and God alone; it cannot be prescribed by anyone else for another. See 1 Cor. 7:7-9.

Scripture warns all persons and would-be religious authorities from prohibiting marriage for those whose lives are morally sound. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, … forbidding to marry…" (1 Tim. 4:1,3).

This prohibition directly contradicts God's testimony that marriage is honorable in all (Heb. 13:4). Further, it spawns conditions that are conducive to sexual immorality, see 1 Cor. 7:1,2,9 and 1 Tim. 5:14,15.

Truly God's word is reliable, the path of purity and prosperity is in the way of obedience to it. "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar" (Prov. 30:5,6, cf. Deut. 4:2).5


Definition of Celibacy

1. abstention from sexual relations.

2. abstention by vow from marriage: the celibacy of priests.

3. the state of being unmarried.4     


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References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
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