John Morgan’s Incorrect Assumption That There Are Only Two Groups: Called to Celibacy, or Called to Marriage
(This post has been edited a few times since being published to add a few more points)
As I was just remarking (Link): in my last post
- There is no such thing as “being called to” marriage or to celibacy.
- God does not choose who will marry, who will stay single: God allows you to choose which of those routes to go. Using terminology such as “called to” suggests there is no human free will involved, that your marital status was pre-determined in eternity past. I’m not a Calvinist. So no.
- Secondly, Morgan knows damn well there is a 3rd group: women like me who are, to use his bogus term, “called to marry”, yet God has not sent me a husband.
- I did not deliberately set out to be single into my 40s. I do not want to remain single.
- Not everyone who is single and/or celibate WANTS TO BE.
- I do not want to be single. I do not want to be celibate. I simply find myself in a position of such.
Yet, in his latest blog post, (Link) The Language Of A Eunuch John Morgan ((Link): my one time stalker) has this to say:
- The idea of God calling someone to live without sex and focus exclusively on his concerns is a foreign concept. It only follows then that churches define singles strictly on the absence of a marriage license.
While I sort of agree with the second half of his statement – churches don’t respect singleness in and of itself, but only view singleness as a temporary stop on the way to marriage, without recognizing that not everyone marries – I do disagree with the first half. The Bible simply does not teach that God calls anyone to marriage or to singleness.
- Apostle Paul makes it clear that there are only two lifestyle choices for the Christian, both of which have equal value: Celibacy as a eunuch or marriage as a spouse.
Yes, singleness and marriages are CHOICES, left up to adults; singleness/ celibacy is NOT a calling or a gift.
Marriage is not a calling or a spiritual gift.
Morgan keeps presenting this false dichotomy:
1. that there are only those who do want marriage and who eventually marry
2. those who don’t want to marry, who prefer celibacy, and who live as celibate singles
There are more groups out there, including women who want sex, who in fact have sex, but who do not want marriage, so they “shack up” with a man.
Then there are Christian women who are involuntary single and celibate. They WANT to have sex, they WANT to be married, but find themselves single, and, if obedient to the Bible, they stay celibate while single.
Morgan makes absolutely no other distinctions in his universe: all single celibates in his thinking are single celibate because God forced that lifestyle on them and they DESIRED it (they were “called” to it, or “gifted” with it).
He completely overlooks the boat loads of single Christian women who RESENT being single and celibate, who very much want marriage and sex. Continue reading “John Morgan’s Incorrect Assumptions (and Heresies) That There Are Only Two Groups: Called to Celibacy, or Called to Marriage”