The Bible’s Perspective on Singleness

by Dale Partridge & Veronica Partridge

In this modern era of the church, more and more Christians are finding themselves single. Some Christians are using Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians chapter seven as reasoning to support their single status. But does Paul’s statements on singleness complement or compete with the biblical theme of marriage?

Richard Phillips once eloquently “For the majority of adult Christians, singleness is not a gift but a trial.” For that reason, in this unique episode of Real Christianity, Dale and Veronica Partridge discuss the historical-cultural context of Paul’s statement on singleness and group it together with other critical passages and doctrines regarding marriage and family.

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Scripture References

  • Genesis 2:18

    “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

  • Genesis 2:24-25

    “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

  • 1 Corinthians 7:7-9

    “For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that (the gift of singleness). But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

  • Matthew 5:28

    “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

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