Celibate christian dating
This, along with the criticism of celibacy, left a generally negative impression of singleness within the Protestant tradition that is still in the process of being corrected in most modern churches.In most churches, many sermons are preached on marriage, but very few, if any, sermons are preached on what it means to be single, how to serve the Lord in your singleness, or have celibacy elevated as a legitimate calling or vocation in life.If single or celibate, have the mindset that you are not yet married to the perfect husband, the Lamb of God.Everyone can take comfort in the fact that in the heavenly kingdom, we will have perfect communion not only with one another, but with the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ our Savior.In fact, both of them, being unmarried themselves, extolled its virtues.Two passages, Matthew -12 and 1 Corinthians 7:1-40, best exemplify this.Disclaimer: If you are under age, one of those people who can’t read or talk about sex as if it’s not a part of human life, or a “Super Christian” whose mouth drops open when someone says sex of any type and all things related: don’t read past this line and if you do well…read at your own risk.
When I first began my road to celibacy, I tried to find loopholes. I wanted oral sex or “head” as we sometimes call it. Am I disappointed in succumbing to oral sex while celibate? Was I convicted as a Christian who chose to walk the celibate journey for having oral sex? My conviction came about a year ago when I received oral sex (because most of it was receiving) and I felt terrible afterwards.
Paul affirms this principle throughout 1 Corinthians 7 in verses 2, 9, and 36.
It’s worth saying, though it may be obvious, that if you are currently unmarried, then you have the gift of singleness, even if it’s only temporary.
In 1 Corinthians 7, the language Paul uses regarding singleness would almost seem to suggest that he views singleness as superior to marriage (See 7:7, 38, 40).
Yet, this is due to contextual factors within the Corinthian church, not the ontological natures of marriage and singleness.