1 Corinthians 7:7
7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hathhis proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
Paul wrote this after he met someone special. He also wrote:
1 Corinthians 7:33-38
33 But he that is married careth (sic) for the things that are of theworld, how he may please [his] wife.
34 There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarriedwoman careth (sic) for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy bothin body and in spirit: but she that is married careth (sic) for the thingsof the world, how she may please [her] husband.
35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snareupon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon theLord without distraction.
36 ¶ But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely towardhis virgin, if she pass the flower of [her] age, and need so require, lethim do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast (sic) in his heart, havingno necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed inhis heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
38 So then he that giveth [her] in marriage doeth well; but he thatgiveth [her] not in marriage doeth better.
Christ taught that a man can not serve two masters.
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, andlove the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Even the Mormon's Book of Mormon espoused this truth.
3 Nephi 13:24
24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one andlove the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
A family creates its own responsibility and becomes a master inits own right.
While I can agree with Paul, one can not read and comprehend Paul'swritings devoid of understanding Paul and what was happening in his life.These and other scriptures are frequently touted by some as justificationfor the creation of a new doctrine which Christ never enunciated when helived on the earth, especially in which nuns and priest remain celibate.
Paul then fell in love with Philemon. He wrote a love letter to admonishinghim to stay strong in his faith to God,
"Yea brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowelsin the Lord."
Bowels is defined as:
The intestine. b. A part or division of the intestine: thelarge bowel. 2. bowels The interior of something: in the bowels of theship. 3. bowels Archaic The seat of pity or the gentler emotions."
It is interesting how quickly some are willing to jump to conclusionsand insist on a literal translation of selected scripture despite the factthat it has been proven that those scriptures have been grossly mistranslated.It is extremely interesting how quickly some are willing to insist on aliterally interpreting some of Paul's writings but others, they insistmust be interpreted figuratively. Among those grossly mistranslated whichsome insist must be interpreted literally are:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdomof God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners,shall inherit the kingdom of God.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even theirwomen did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that whichis unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their errorwhich was meet.
Regardless of whether you believe Paul (Saul of Tarsus) was bisexualor not, the question still remains, was Paul (Saul of Tarsus) really anApostle (see "Was Paul Really an Apostle?" in these Journals of Discourses)?However just briefly, Barnabas and Saul were ordained by the laying onof hands to "preach" the gospel. Neither Barnabas nor Saul of Tarsus wereordained to the office of an Apostle otherwise there would have been 14Apostles not 12.
"While not numbered among them," it was common in Christ's day to referto a very devout disciple as an apostle. Saul of Tarsus whose name meansand was later changed to Paul, was the only one who referred to himselfin his writing to the members of the church as an apostle. The Catholics,to whom we owe much for the gross errors in translation, subsequently accordedPaul the dignity and stature of an Apostle. However, his calling was onlyto preach, not be a hypocrite and make blasphemous doctrine which the Catholicsand many Christians have permitted him to do by misusing his letters andignoring his life.
Paul could rightfully write to other members of the church admonishingthem to remain steadfast in the faith. However, it is blasphemous to saythat Paul had the right to usurp Peter's role which the Catholics concedewas the head of the quorum of the Twelve and make new doctrine for Christ'sChurch condemning a gift from God which he himself enjoyed. Of course,we know he didn't write any such thing but it is especially blasphemouswhen Christ didn't feel it was necessary, important or vital to the salvationof mankind to address or say anything against when He was here in person.On 4/6/92, God did see fit to set the record straight or as gay peoplewould say, "gaily forward" (see TheBook of the Millennial Dispensation Chapter 8).
David R.W. Wadsworth
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