[quote="russwardlow, post:1, topic:323218"]
In the context of Pope Francis's election, I was speaking to a smart Evangelical friend about the issue of priestly celibacy. He understands it's a discipline and not a doctrine or dogma, and said that, "I hope Pope Francis changes that."
I asked him why and he started to talk about how there is no biblical warrant for it, which seemed like an odd argument to make in that he was taking sola scriptura to an absurd length (i.e., a church can make no rules in addition to explicit scriptural mandates), which of course no Protestant church actually practices, because no church could function that way.
Then he brought something else up: Scripture expressly warns against creating prohibitions to marriage. We had to cut the conversation short there.
Does anyone know what he was referring to?
"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
3They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods." 1st Tim 4:1-3
Most likely this is the passage he is refering to. This scripture passage most likely refers to governments passing laws against marraige. Which has happenedd a few times in the past. such as with st. Valentine.
It could not be refering to the clergy since Jesus, and Paul both say it is better not to marry.
For Jesus said:
"and there are those who renounce marraige for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it." Matt.;19-12