Marriage

 

 

6. Does God want all men to get married?

 

 

 

God does not want all men to get married, for marriage is not His will for all men. To marry is a gift that comes from God and not all have this gift, for Paul says: “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” (1 Corinthians 7:7). Therefore, Paul wished that all men remained unmarried, but he realized that this was not possible, that is to say, he knew that not all men were able to remain unmarried.

Therefore, if a believer has the gift of remaining unmarried let him not marry, it’s all right. Celibacy, when it is not imposed by man but is a voluntary choice made by a man (obviously, for what is proper), is lawful. Paul recommends celibacy to the Corinthians when he says: “But I say to the unmarried and to the widows. It is good for them if they remain even as I am” (1 Corinthians 7:8 – NKJV), and also: “Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife” (1 Corinthians 7:27). Why does he recommends celibacy? Because those men and women who marry will have trouble in the flesh, but he would spare them (1 Corinthians 7:28).

 

 

 

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