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8 > Page 8 of Account of the law-suit instituted by Rev. G. A. M. Elder ... against Rev. N. L. Rice ... for a pretended libel on the character of Rev. David Duparque, a Roman priest. Together with some remarks on celibacy and nunneries.

celibacy. gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that." 1 Cor. 7: 7. But suppose we admit that Paul really desired that all men should abstain from marriage, and of course that the human race should become extinct; and that he did advise, all to remain unmarried; would this justify the church of Rome in positively commanding what God did not command? Paul says expressly, "Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord." And again, "But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned.'1' 1 Cor. 7: 25, 28. Paul had no commandment on this subject; but the Pope has. Paul says, if thou marry thou hast not sinned. The Pope says, thou hast sinned. Paul was enabled by inspiration to look into futurity and sec the origin of Popery; and he mentions as a characteristic of the great apos-tacy, "forbidding to marry." 1 Tim. 4: 3. God says to his ministers, you may marry; the Pope says, you shall not; I will depose you from the ministry if you do. Nay, more; God. says, "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man (priest and all) have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband." The Pope says, this is very bad advice it is easy to avoid fornication without marriage; or rather, marriage is worse than fornication! Paul says, "I will, therefore, that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully; for some arc already turned aside after Satan." 1 Tim. 5: 14,15. But the Pope says, I will that the younger women marry not, that they be nuns, that they take the vow of "poverty, chastity and obedience," that they serve the clergy;