Celibacy must be rejected




Mormons reject celibacy. ‘Celibacy, the deliberate renunciation of marriage, is foreign to LDS life. Like other forms of ascetic withdrawal, it may deprive the participant of crucial life experiences. Spiritual maturity and exaltation in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom require marriage (D & C 131:2-3). The norm of Latter-day Saint teaching and practice is for individuals to marry, procreate, and foster righteous living in their families as indicated in the scriptures: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Gen. 1:28). "Marriage is honourable in all" (Heb. 13:4). "Whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man" (D & C 49:15). Those who are unable to marry in a temple in mortality through no fault of their own will receive compensatory blessings later (D & C 137:5-8). The practice of celibacy was not widespread among the Christian clergy until centuries after the death of the apostles. "Forbidding to marry" was, for Paul, a sign of apostasy (1 Tim. 4:3). Because ancient and modern revelation endorses marriage and because most religious leaders in the Old and New Testaments were married, Latter-day Saints reject attempts to interpret the Bible as advocating celibacy’ (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York-Toronto 1992, Vol. 1, page 260). That’s why they teach that even Jesus Christ got married, for if Jesus had not got married He could not have attained the highest degree of glory in the celestial kingdom!!

Jews also reject celibacy: ‘In post-Biblical literature Jewish opinion stands out clear and simple: marriage is a duty, and celibacy a sin. "The world was created to produce life; He created it not a waste, He formed it to be inhabited" (Isa. xlv. 18; Git. iv. 5 = 'Eduy. i. 13). "Be fruitful, and multiply" (Gen. i. 28) is taken as a command; marriage with a view to that end is a duty incumbent upon every male adult (according to some the duty devolves also upon woman; Yeb. vi. 8; Maimonides, "Yad," Ishut, xv.; Shulhan 'Aruk, Eben ha-'Ezer, 1, 13)... "He who is without a wife is without joy, without blessing, without happiness, without learning, without protection, without peace; indeed, he is no man; for it is written (Gen. v. 2), 'Male and female created He them, and called their name Man [A. V., "Adam"]'" (Yeb. 62b, 63a; Shulhan 'Aruk, l.c. l. 1, note). "He who is not married is, as it were, guilty of bloodshed and deserves death: he causes the image of God to be diminished and the divine presence to withdraw from Israel" (Yeb. 63b, 64a)’ (Jewish Encyclopedia, ‘Celibacy’)




The Holy Scripture advocates celibacy, that is, the voluntary abstention from marriage. What the Scripture does not advocate is the imposition of celibacy, for it says that those who forbid people to marry teach a doctrine of demons (cf. 1 Timothy 4:1-3).

The apostle Paul – who was unmarried - wrote to the Corinthians: “Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman …. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. …… Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy. I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress – that it is good for a man to remain as he is: Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you” (1 Corinthians 7:1, 7-9, 25-28 - NKJV). As you can see, Paul taught that celibacy is a gift given by God to some men (v. 7); he affirmed that if the unmarried cannot exercise self-control they must marry (v. 9), this means implicitly that if they are able to exercise self-control it is good for them to remain unmarried or to remain as they are (v. 8). He says also that those who are loosed from a wife should not seek a wife. So Paul does not reject celibacy, rather he urges the unmarried to remain as they are for it is good for a man not to touch a woman (v. 1). Nevertheless, he also urges the unmarried who cannot exercise self-control to marry, lest they commit fornication, as it is written: “Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2 – NKJV). He clearly says that it is better to marry than to burn with passion.