To Burn Or Not To Burn, That Is The Question

We all know about the problem that some, and particularly one, Christian denomination has with its leaders abusing and molesting young boys and girls. I have personally read interviews from some of these church leaders about this problem.

They admit that this vow of celibacy doctrine is too harsh and not mentally and physically sustainable for all. They also admit that because of this doctrine their denomination has become a magnet for homosexuals and child molesters. I have been asked several times about this doctrine against marriage. The question I get is, do the scriptures back up this doctrine against marriage? Well, let us find out starting in I Corinthians chapter 7 verses 1-2, 7-9.

Verse 1: “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”

Verse 2: “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”

Verse 7: “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.”

Verse 8: “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.”

Verse 9: “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

The word burn used in verse 9 is #4448 in the Strong's Concordance and means in this scripture to lust.

Now let us go to I Timothy chapter 3 verses 1-3 &7, concerning the office of a Bishop.

Verse 1: “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a Bishop, he desireth a good work.”

Verse 2: “A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.”

Verse 3: “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.”

Verse 7: “Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

Now let us go to I Timothy chapter 3 verses 8-9, 11-12 concerning the office of Deacon.

Verse 8: “Likewise must the Deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.”

Verse 9: “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.”

Verse 11: “Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.”

Verse 12: “Let the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.”

In II Timothy chapter 4 verses 1-4 all those that are charged to be preachers of the word of God and Christ are warned to preach sound doctrine.

Verse 1: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.”

Verse 2: “Preach the word; be instance in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

Verse 3: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”

Verse 4: “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.”

So, the question is, is the doctrine of celibacy/no marriage for all, in line with the scriptures on this subject in the bible, and the answer is No.

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