R.R. Reno in In the Ruins of the Church writing about mainline Protestant suggested that the acceptance of gay marriage and relationships in their churches was in part to soften the impact and implications of their own infidelities, such as premarital sexual dalliance, such as the collegiate dating/hookup culture.]]>
I think if you went into any Protestant church that valued the sanctity of marriage (i.e. most if not all), you’d find agreement here. You’d also find a call to celibacy for anyone unmarried. The sexual fasting for a time in marriage was talked about in a marriage Sunday School class I was in.
The only thing I see that might be a discussion point is in the monastic life. I see that as more of a tradition than a spiritual imperative. Paul wished all were like him, but I don’t think that wasn’t a commandment from God. More like a practical suggestion from Paul himself.
But if this is just a discussion on the question of celibacy, I think there’s much more agreement than you think.]]>