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Comments on: On Celibacy https://stonescryout.org/?p=1394 If they keep silent... Wed, 04 Feb 2009 18:12:44 +0000 hourly 1 By: Doug https://stonescryout.org/?p=1394&cpage=1#comment-3186 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 18:12:44 +0000 http://stonescryout.org/?p=1394#comment-3186 Ah, well then, I’m only speaking to Protestant denominations that value the sanctity of marriage, as you and I understand marriage. That is, I guess, an important distinction. >sigh<

By: Mark O. https://stonescryout.org/?p=1394&cpage=1#comment-3185 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 17:49:34 +0000 http://stonescryout.org/?p=1394#comment-3185 Doug,
Well, the idea that “celibacy is a calling for few” was germinated by a discussion with Dan Trabue who offered that as an idea.

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.

By: Doug https://stonescryout.org/?p=1394&cpage=1#comment-3182 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 15:24:19 +0000 http://stonescryout.org/?p=1394#comment-3182 All Christians are called during times of their life to celibacy. From puberty until marriage … we are called to be celibate. When we travel apart for work or otherwise … we are called to be celibate.

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.