Paul and some others had this gift, but not everyone. As we see, the Bible does not explicitly call this “the gift of celibacy,” but it does express that the ability to remain unmarried to serve God more fully is a gift. Most adults desire marriage, and this desire is not sinful. read more
It was a strange twist to 1 Corinthians 7:7. First, let us reflect upon the background to the text that is being employed to justify the position under review. The Corinthian Context. First Corinthians, chapter 7, begins Paul’s response to certain questions submitted to him by the saints in Corinth (7:1). read more
Singleness, even for those who long to be married and aren’t, is not a trial to be endured; it is a positive good. It is a gift to be cherished and maximized. We ought not waste our singleness by viewing it as a trial to be endured. read more
Many men of faith in the Bible married. Some of these include Abraham, David, Noah, Isaiah, Peter, Job, Moses, Joseph and many others. God's word indicates that those who choose celibacy, so that they could dedicate themselves to serve, include Daniel, John the Baptist, Elijah, and Jesus Christ. read more
1 Corinthians 7:7 does not mention the gifts for the purpose of serving the church; instead, Paul mentions one purpose of marriage as avoiding the temptation of immoral sexual behavior. It's difficult to understand how one's marital status, celibate or married, serves the church. read more
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.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;