SAINT PETER WAS A MARRIED MAN, BUT IF HE WAS NOT; HE HAD THE POWER TO MARRY ACCORDING TO SAINT PAUL WHO WROTE: "AM I NOT AN APOSTLE? AM I NOT FREE? HAVE I NOT SEEN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD? ARE YOU NOT MY WORK IN THE LORD? IF I BE NOT AN APOSTLE UNTO OTHERS, YET DOUBTLESS I AM TO YOU: FOR THE SEAL OF MY APOSTLESHIP ARE YOU IN THE LORD. MY ANSWER TO THEM THAT DO EXAMINE ME IS THIS, HAVE WE NOT POWER TO EAT AND TO DRINK? HAVE WE NOT POWER TO LEAD ABOUT A SISTER, A WIFE, AS WELL AS OTHER APOSTLES, AND AS THE BRETHREN OF THE LORD, AND CEPHAS?" (1 CORINTHIANS 9:1/5)

      WHO WAS THIS CEPHAS WHOM SAINT PAUL SINGLED OUT OF THEM ALL? SAINT JOHN QUOTES JESUS SAYING TO PETER THE FIRST TIME THEY MET: "YOU ARE SIMON THE SON OF JONA: YOU SHALL BE CALLED CEPHAS, WHICH IS BY INTERPRETATION A STONE." (ST. JOHN 1:42)

      MOVING FORWARD A LITTLE IN TIME NOW, WE FIND JESUS SAYING TO PETER: "AND I SAY ALSO UNTO YOU, THAT YOU ARE PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT." (ST. MATTHEW 16:18) THIS IS THE VERSE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH USES TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT SAINT PETER WAS THE FIRST POPE, THEREFORE THEY SAY THEIR CHURCH IS BUILT UPON THE ROCK. HOWEVER, IT HAS ALREADY BEEN SHOWN THAT SAINT PETER WOULD BE REFERRED TO AS "A STONE" RATHER THAN A ROCK. CONSIDER THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER.

      JESUS WAS LOOKING PETER IN THE EYE SAYING HE, JESUS, WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH ON HIMSELF THE ROCK, AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. THEN HE WENT ON TO SAY TO PETER: "AND I WILL GIVE UNTO YOU THE KEYS OF THE KINDOM OF HEAVEN: AND WHATSOEVER YOU SHALL BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN: AND WHATSOEVER YOU SHALL LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN." (ST. MATTHEW 16:19)

      THOSE KEYS WERE APPARENTLY IN USE AS SAINT PETER (CEPHAS) WALKED THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM, HEALING ALL WHO WERE MOVED INTO HIS SHADOW IN PASSING. HEALING WAS LOOSED ON EARTH AND IN HEAVEN. STILL HE WAS BUT "A STONE." AND A STONE IS NOT A ROCK ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE MADE OF THE SAME HARD SUBSTANCE. CERTAINLY, ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST COMPARED TO THE WORK PETER DID UPON THE EARTH, WOULD RECOGNIZE CHRIST AS THE ROCK AND PETER AS THE STONE.

      FURTHERMORE, IF THE READER IS WELL STUDIED AND ENLIGHTENED TO THE MEANING OF WHAT IS BEING SAID IN THE NEW TESTAMENT; YOU WILL AGREE CHRIST HAS TO BE THE ROCK UPON WHICH THE CHURCH IS BUILT. THERE ARE MANY PASSAGES REFERRING TO THE BUILDING OF "CHRIST IN US, THE HOPE OF GLORY." (COLOSSIANS 1:27) NO-WHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE WE TAUGHT TO BUILD THE APOSTLES (OR AN APOSTLE) IN OURSELVES. THEY TOO WERE DEPENDENT UPON THE POWER AND SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST TO DO THEIR WORKS. IN OTHER WORDS, IT WAS CHRIST IN SAINT PETER HEALING THOSE WHO WERE MOVED INTO HIS SHADOW AS HE WALKED THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM IN THE POWER AND SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST. INSIDE OURSELVES, BUT ALWAYS CHRIST.

      BACK TO OUR QUOTE FROM SAINT PAUL: "HAVE WE NOT POWER TO LEAD ABOUT A SISTER, A WIFE, AS WELL AS OTHER APOSTLES, AND AS THE BRETHREN OF THE LORD, AND CEPHAS?" IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING ME, YOU UNDERSTAND SAINT PETER CAME TO BE KNOWN AS CEPHAS WHICH IS INTERPRETED "A STONE" AND THAT HE APPARENTLY LED "A SISTER, A WIFE" ABOUT WITH HIM OR PAUL WOULD NOT HAVE SINGLED HIM OUT AFTER MENTIONING THAT APOSTLES AND THE BRETHREN OF THE LORD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO. BUT IF YOU HAVE SOME DIFFICULTY IN SEEING SUCH INFERENCES IN HOLY SCRIPTURE, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE ALL MEN FROM THE APOSTLES TO THE BRETHREN OF THE LORD HAD THE RIGHT TO DO SO.

      ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND THE RIGHT EXISTED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH FOR ALL TO MARRY, THEN YOU ARE IN A POSITION TO PERCEIVE THE SECOND GREAT ERROR UPON WHICH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS FOUNDED WHICH IS CELIBACY.

      IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO TROUBLE THE READER WITH AN EXTENSIVE HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ITS POPES AND PRIESTS AND THEIR SEXUAL AFFAIRS OUTSIDE OF HOLY MATRIMONY DUE TO THE IMPOSITION OF CELIBACY VOWS AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR MINISTRIES. IT IS MY DUTY TO SPEAK EDIFYING WORDS TO YOU RATHER THAN DRAG YOUR MIND DOWN INTO THE FILTHY GUTTERS OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY. SUFFICE IT TO SAY, HAD THEY LEFT THE DOOR OPEN TO MARRIAGE TO SATISFY THEIR HUMAN LUSTS, THEY COULD HAVE HAD HONORABLE SEX RATHER THAN DISHONOR AS SAINT PAUL SAID: "IT IS BETTER TO MARRY THAN TO BURN." (1 CORINTHIANS 7:9) BUT THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, SO THEY CHOSE DISHONOR ABUNDANTLY AS WE SEE IN THE NEWSPAPERS REGULARLY IN THIS GENERATION OF CHILD MOLESTING PRIESTS DISHONORING THEMSELVES, DISHONORING THE CHURCH AND DISHONORING GOD WHOM THEY SAY THEY SERVE.

      IF YOU HAPPEN TO WANT TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO SERVE GOD WITHOUT ENTERING INTO MARRIAGE, YOU CERTAINLY CAN LIVE FOR GOD AS A SINGLE PERSON, MALE OR FEMALE, DAY BY DAY, FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITHOUT DATING, OR TOUCHING, OR MARRYING THE OPPOSITE SEX. CELIBACY VOWS WILL ONLY TRAP YOU IF YOUR COMMITMENT TOWARD GOD AND MANKIND SHOULD CHANGE AS YOU SHOULD EXPECT. GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER, BUT WE ARE NOT GOD. HEALTH AND CIRCUMSTANCES EASILY CHANGE OUR WAY OF THINKING. IT SEEMS SAFE TO SAY YOU ARE NEVER THE SAME TODAY AS YOU WERE YESTERDAY. CHANGE IS ALWAYS WORKING IN US. SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE AS ONE WHO STAYED AWAY FROM WOMEN FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, LONLINESS IS LIKELY TO SET IN. SO IT IS WE ARE WARNED IN THE WORD OF GOD TO AVOID THE TAKING OF VOWS.

      "WHEN YOU VOW A VOW UNTO GOD, DEFER NOT TO PAY IT; FOR HE HAS NO PLEASURE IN FOOLS: PAY THAT WHICH YOU HAVE VOWED. BETTER IS IT THAT YOU SHOULD NOT VOW, THAN YOU SHOULD VOW AND NOT PAY. SUFFER NOT YOUR MOUTH TO CAUSE YOUR FLESH TO SIN; NEITHER SAY BEFORE THE ANGEL, IT WAS AN ERROR: WHEREFORE SHOULD GOD BE ANGRY AT YOUR VOICE AND DESTROY THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS?" (ECCLESIATES 5:4)

      IT IS HOPED THE READER WILL UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO REMAIN SINGLE AS LONG AS YOU CAN RETAIN POWER OVER YOUR WILL IN THE SERVICE OF GOD, THAT YOU MIGHT WAIT UPON HIM WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS. TRUE DISCIPLESHIP IS A LIFE SET APART UNTO GOD ONCE THE INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE LORD TO ENTER INTO IT. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PILGRIMAGE TO THE PERFECTION OF CHRIST, THE TRUE DISCIPLE WILL FIND THE OFFICES AND GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT SO MANY CLAIM IN THE FLESH. IT WAS AFTER HIS GRADUATION FROM THE DANGERS AND STRUGGLES OF DISCIPLESHIP TO THE OFFICE OF APOSTLE, THAT SAINT PETER (CEPHAS) WAS FREE TO LEAD A BELIEVER OF A WIFE ABOUT WITH HIM, HAVING ALREADY MASTERED THE ART OF ENTERING INTO THE ANOINTING OF CHRIST'S GLORY WHICH GOD'S SERVANTS MUST DO TO PERFORM HIS WORKS.

      SO ENDS THIS BRIEF DISCUSSION ON CELIBACY VOWS. CONTINUE TO STUDY HERE IN THE LIBRARY OF THIS WEBSITE TO OBTAIN A TRUE VISION OF THE MOST HOLY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS, THE LORD OF GLORY. YOU CANNOT MIX RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS WITH SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTION AND COME OUT SPIRITUALLY MINDED. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU IN ALL YOU DO TO BECOME "FULLY SANCTIFIED" IN THE HOLY GHOST.

AMEN.