An article in the Time magazine by Mr. Frank McCourt says that "celibacy is a sick rule" and "in a strange paradox, it's almost sinful."  Is clerical celibacy REALLY  against the teachings of the Bible?   What is the proof?
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Letter to the Editor:
GOD'S MESSAGE, July 2002, p.2

I READ TIME magazine, and I came across  an article about clerical  celibacy. According to Mr. Frank McCourt (author of the acclaimed   memoir Angela's Ashes)  "celibacy is a sick rule" and "in a strange paradox, it's almost sinful."  I for one am still neutral when it comes to clerical celibacy.

I wrote because I would like you to give me a biblical explanation about it.   Is clerical celibacy REALLY  against the teachings of the Bible?   What is the proof?

Gary Macon
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Editor's reply:

The Almighty God Himself said that it was not good for a man to be alone. For this reason, He created the woman  to be the wife of the man:

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”          So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.   The man said,  “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’  for she was taken out of man.”    That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  (Gen. 2:18, 21-24, New International Version)

Marriage, therefore, is not evil. It is a sacred union of husband and wife which was instituted by God Himself.

Apostle Peter was married (Mt. 8:14).  Apostle Paul also taught that a bishop or a deacon should be the husband  of but one wife (I Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6).

When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.(Mt:8:14, NIV)

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;   Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. (Titus 3:2, 12, NKJV)

If a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, . . . . (Titus 1:6-7, NKJV)

On the contrary, the prohibition to marry is devilish.  
Apostle Paul writes:

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 
(I Timothy 4:1, 3, NIV) 

Certainly, clerical celibacy is unscriptural.  


*Clerical celibacy is the discipline by which some or all members of the clergy in certain religions are required to be unmarried.   http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/clerical+celibacy

Note: Verses in smaller font were added for clarity. Emphasis ours.

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