Celibacy is the state of sexual abstinence. Francis Bacon said that "A single life does well with churchmen; for charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool."

The voluntary celibate life is praised as a holy calling and is a gift of grace from God. Jesus taught that all men cannot receive this saying, "some have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Kingdom" but then He immediately blessed the little children. Saint Paul was celibate and encouraged his followers to be as he was. If you are not distracted by the responsibilities of a family, you are free to spend more energy on the Kingdom. Paul acknowledged that celibacy was a gift, but not to all. If a man or woman could not control themselves, it would be better to marry than for the passions to burn, leading to fornication.

Forced celibacy by the church is condemned in scripture as departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Paul wrote that in forbidding to marry, they were speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

The Roman church has always been criticized for departing from the faith by forbidding the clergy to marry. Just as Paul warned, they have their conscience seared and do not yet have the power or collective spiritual maturity to undo a demonic doctrine. They cannot humble themselves to admit to its demonic nature and there is not enough churchmen with the courage to stand up against a destructive tradition. Forbidding priests and nuns to marry did not lead to celibacy, it led to sexual abuse, immorality, fornication, bastard children, pedophilia, abortion, infanticide and stained the reputation of the church and a holy calling.
[Matthew 19, I Corinthians 7, I Timothy 4, 150]

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