"The Roman Catholic Church uses this passage to support its concept that celibacy
is necessary for single-minded devotion to ministerial office.
- 1 Corinthians 7:1
- " . . . It is good for a man not to touch a woman."
Peter was married, (Matt. 8:14); as well as other apostles. (1 Cor. 9:5).
- Celibacy is not a necessary pre-requisite for single-minded devotion to
ministerial office. Celibacy, in Scripture, is left to the free decision of those
concerned, without forbidding those who marry to assume ecclesial offices. (Matt. 19:12; 1
There were also married bishops. (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6).
The Apostle Paul clinches the argument - "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that
in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
iron, forbidding to marry . . ." (1 Tim. 4:1-3).