A lot of scandals have surfaced concerning priests because man has not allowed priests to marry. Time after time we hear of priests going after young boys with their pent – up passions casting shadows on their vocation as well as on the lives of others. A priest is supposed to be a follower of God. Why then is it that no one asks what God has to say on this subject?
From the very first book of the Bible in the second chapter which in most Bibles is the second or third page we are told that when God made Adam and all the animals He noted in Gen. 2:18:
“It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.”
Once when Peter called Jesus the Christ, Jesus said on that rock He would build His Church. It has been debated what Jesus meant. Some say that the Church is built on Peter. Though I dispute that was the meaning let us take that point a step further. If a Church says that it is based on Peter it should follow Peter’s example with respect to marriage. Peter had a wife! We are told that more than once in the Bible! Matt. 8:14,15 tells us that Jesus healed Peter’s wife’s mother:
“And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.”
Peter was one of the top two apostles or priests in the New Testament and he had a wife whose mother was healed. Paul was the other top apostle or priest in the New Testament and in 1 Cor. 9:5 he boldly states that he could have had a wife if he wanted to and adds that Peter and the other apostles had wives:
“Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas [Peter]?”
1 Cor. 9:5 is one of the best texts to prove that celibacy for priests is not God’s rule or law. It demonstrates that most of the apostles had wives and nothing was wrong with that.
Paul also had advice for atone contemplating celibacy or remaining single. He said in 1 Cor. 7:9:
“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”
Paul showed that nothing was wrong with a godly marriage. It was not something impure and unspiritual. Heb. 13:4 says:
“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
He even showed that marriage is to display the relationship between Christ and the Church (See Eph. 5:31,32) He also predicted that in the future people would be in such a state that they would be “forbidding to marry” (1 Tim. 4:3). Paul spoke against this “forbidding” vehemently lumping it together with other “lies.” You can read more on this topic here: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/304482_more-on-god-says-priests-can-marry