1 Corinthians 7:1-9

From Joanna Harader

In this passage, Paul discusses celibacy as a spiritual gift given only to some, not a requirement for all people. There are people who argue that homosexual orientation is not a sin, but homosexual “practice” is a sin. This passage suggests that God does not require celibacy of all faithful people, so why would God require celibacy from all non-heterosexual faithful people? There are some lesbians and gays who do have the gift of celibacy and there are some heterosexuals who have the gift of celibacy. For the rest of us, God’s good intention is physical intimacy within committed, loving relationships.