1 Corinthians 7: 7-9 A Gift of Singleness?

Our freedom in Christ is what matters and we are free to marry or not, depending on our inclinations and desires. Today, we are looking at God’s Word and re-assessing these verses and at the end I hope you would be able to say that the gift of singleness or marriage is in fact nonsense and something that Paul had no desire to communicate to us at all. Sadly, there have been those in the Christian church, especially the Roman Catholic Church, who have taken Paul’s words and used them to justify the whole idea of celibacy and living the single life. In that sense, the impact of misunderstanding Paul has been immense and perhaps one of the reasons as to why Churches have been so much in the news over the last couple of decades. The trouble with Bible interpretation is that so often we assume things and then, thankfully, by the grace of God, we re-access our assumptions and find a deeper and more satisfying interpretation of God’s Word.