No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins
FT offers the standard arguments against priestly celibacy, but he does focus on the objection from Rev 14:4, of the virgins who weren’t defiled with women. Turretin notes this cannot mean physical virgins for the following reasons:
- This would imply that marriage is a pollution, which contradicts Heb. 13:4
- This would imply that only the unmarried are saved.
- Thus, ruling out several apostles, patriarchs, and quite a few popes (III: 258)!