What saith the Scripture?


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"All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate 'for the sake of the kingdom of heaven' ... Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church's minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God." 
, pg. 395, #1579
"Marriage is honourable in all..." Hebrews 13:4

God does not require celibacy (abstinence from marriage). Asceticism (i.e., monasticism) is incapatible with Scripture. Colossians 2:18-23

A.  Celibacy was not required of even the Old Testament priesthood. Leviticus 21, 22; Ezekiel 44:22

B.  Zachary was a married priest. Luke 1:5, 13

C.  Bishops of the early church married.1 Timothy 3:1-4 "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife..."

D.  The first apostles (including Peter, the "first pope") married. "Mark 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever..." See also: Matthew 8:14; Luke 4:38; 1 Corinthians 9:5 (Cephas is Peter's Aramaic name)

E.  New Testament pastors (bishops) married. 1 Timothy 3:2, 4-5, 12; Titus 1:6

F.  Forbidding marriage is wrong. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines o f devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."

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