Because there has been so much in the news about the sexual abuse that has been happening in the Catholic Church for so many years, the topic below is a timely explanation of God’s view of marriage. Cecil May Jr. has been a faithful gospel preacher for sixty years or more and has taught in several Christian universities.
Celibacy and Sin
Everyone is saddened by the thousands of young people, devout altar boys and female seminarians, sexually abused by priests; those who should have been their spiritual mentors representing Christ to them. The Roman Church hierarchy is corrupt both in doctrine and in orals. Corruption of doctrine leads to corruption in morality.
The sexual drive is one of the strongest human urges, right alongside self-preservation, thirst and hunger, all implanted in us by our Creator. God speaks to this in Scripture,
“But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband…Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (I Corinthians 7:2-5).
“To the unmarried and the widows I say 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” (I Corinthians 7:9).
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4).
The Roman Church teaches that conceiving children is the only legitimate reason for sex, even for a married couple. For that reason it forbids mechanical birth control. Since even marital sex, according to them, is less than holy, they found it necessary to concoct the doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity of Mary. It is also the reason for the commandment of celibacy for Priests and Nuns. All of that clearly contradicts I Corinthians 7 and Hebrews 13, cited above.
The Douay version of the Bible, the Roman Catholic approved translation comparable to the KJV, expressly says, “The bishop must be married only once” (I Timothy 3:2). A footnote explains, “Priestly celibacy is of later ecclesiastical origin.” In other words, the Bible says one thing, but the church changed it. To require celibacy of a large number of men with ordinary sex drives and to put them in close proximity to young boys and nubile female seminarians is asking for trouble, which they have received in great abundance. The Bible calls “forbidding to marry” the“teaching of demons” (I Timothy 4:1).
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled.” “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”
Cecil May Jr., Dean Emeritus Faulkner University