Celibacy Fulfills God’s Design for Sexuality as Much as Marriage Does

Whatever Happened to Celibacy?
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In the crossfire between the Christian view of marriage and sexual activity outside of God’s design is the expression of celibacy.  Choosing to abstain from sexual intimacy is difficult, but it is possible and actually preferable in certain situations.

Sam Allberry, a pastor and a person who has chosen celibacy, has something intriguing to say about celibacy: “You can fulfill your sexuality without necessarily satisfying your sexual desires.”

Allberry reminds us that God made us as sexual beings for a reason and not just for our own gratification or pleasure. These desires serve to point us to our ultimate consummation, which is our relationship with Jesus. This is especially important for those who are single or celibate where it may be easy to think that their sexuality is being wasted. Our culture has practically deified sexuality and sexual brokenness consequently runs rampant. Let us never forget that Jesus is the point and not our sexual expression.

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Megan Briggs
Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for ChurchLeaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.

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