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St Paul's Exhortation to the Unmarried

Discussion in 'Semper Reformanda' started by saintboniface, May 23, 2014.

  1. nobdysfool

    nobdysfool The original! Accept no substitutes!

    Then you're ignoring the last part of what he says, where he specifically says it's better to remarry than to burn. By your measure, that is just as much Holy Spirit inspired as the rest. So, you have painted yourself into a corner. Nice going! LOL!
  2. GQ Chris

    GQ Chris ooey gooey is for brownies, not Bible teachers

  3. saintboniface

    saintboniface Junior Member

    :D:D:D Classic.

    It brings up a good point. Off the top of my head the Catholic priesthood, in this regard, consists of at least three groups: homosexuals, men who would probably marry but can't find a woman or don't know how to, and men who truly fore-go marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God. I truly pray for more of the latter but acknowledge that saints and heroes can come from any of the groups.
  4. abacabb3

    abacabb3 Newbie

    Wait, aren't we on the same side?

    This is the sort of spiritual blindness that has been plaguing Protestants (and by the way I worship at a Reformed Baptist church I am not a Catholic). The whole chapter is God breathed, this is the portion you refer to:

    To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (1 Cor 7:8, 9)

    Clearly, Paul's instruction is that it is preferable to remain unmarried, but if the individual does not have the gift of celibacy (which is the presumption) then Paul says by all means, don't struggle with lust and marry.

    It is a pretty straight forward teaching, with no corners to get painted into.