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Vow To Be Celibate

I am a young women who made a vow to God to be a celibate for my whole life. But I broke that vow by fornication with this person I fell in love with. I want to now marry this gentleman but until marriage I decided not to fall into fornication anymore. Will God punish me for this?

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 ---Rebecca on 7/15/07
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James 5:12

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your Yes be Yes, and your No, No, lest you fall into judgment.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
---Holly4jc on 8/17/07

Ecclesiastes 5:5

Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

This is why I no longer make New Year's resolutions...if you know what I mean! :-)

I can never keep them! So...I just say that I will try and do better at whatever it is that needs improvement. :-)
---Holly4jc on 8/17/07


Vows are a very serious thing, even God warns us not to make vows. Our flesh is weak and I think if we make a vow not to do something, when the temptation comes along, our vow to "never" do something becomes the very thing we do! You know tat saying, never say never!. I have been celibate for 11 years, but never made a vow...just asked God to help me and protect me and He has.

Be blessed :-)
---Holly4jc on 8/17/07

Vows are serious things in the Bible, but there is a reason why the vow of a young woman may be nullified by her father or husband - see Numbers 30. Repent of your sin, for what you did was sinful on all levels, and pray for guidance and amend your ways. Put your trust in Christ's mercy and do as He asked - go forth and sin no more.

Talk to your pastor and I hope you have a more successful marriage.
---lorra8574 on 7/16/07

In the first chapter of 1Jn, it tells us that if we sin, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us. Also, if we say that we have not sinned, we are liers. We all sin. We are to obey, but everyone makes mistakes. Jesus is our advocate. One is not punished for confessed sin. We are punished for unconfessed sin. God forgets confessed sin.
---jody on 7/16/07

Confess and repent (turn away from) that sin, and God will forgive you, clean you up, and make you a Born Again Virgin (Celibate in God's eyes - the spirit). Also that sin created a sexual soul-tie (binding together as one in spirit) in you, ask God to break this soul-tie.
---Leslie on 7/16/07

Dear Rebecca::True contrition is what absolves us from our shortcomings & this Our Divine Saviour sees with clarity.We are all weak, at some time in our lives & Satan takes advantage of us weaklings.Go in the love of Christ whose love is unfathomable may you walk in His way as you plod the road to His kingdom Blessings with sincerity
---Emcee on 7/16/07

What does scripture teach on this? 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, He forgives them. Jesus took our punishment on the cross. God disciplines His children, but the punishment is gone through Christ's death.
---Madison1101 on 7/16/07 I do have a question though. Do you believe that your decision not to fall into fornication again is any stronger than your original vow? No, it isn't. Deciding not to do something is not repentance. Turning to the One who is able to keep you from falling(which, by the way, is justifying yourself by the law) is true repentance. You can't turn halfway to your own strength and call it turning toward Christ and Him crucified.
---Linda on 7/15/07

To take that a little further, you can't discipline, fix, or mend the old man. He must be reckoned dead by the death of Christ and yourself alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Only a new creation man can yield his members as slaves to righteousness.
---Linda on 7/15/07

The question, dear soul, is why you made such a vow.

Protestantism in general and pop-evangelicalism in particular simply does not provide the spiritual context for such a vow to be lived.
---Jack on 7/15/07

Rebecca, First, it is good that you have at least admitted what you did. Admitting what we do and repenting of it is a start. The Lord konws your heart better than you or any of us. If your intentions are honest he will forgive you.
---Frank on 7/15/07

Rebecca, secondly, although many will disagree and few think about it, that is one reason vows aren't good. Remember how Peter told the Lord he wouldn't deny him, but follow him to prison and death?
He soon denied him three times.
Sometimes our vows swing the door wide open to be tested where we vow. Sadly, sometimes our vows only lead to sin.
That was one of the points I wanted to show in times past here but was met with ridicule.
May God bless you and your future husband.
---Frank on 7/16/07

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