Quoting Quiverfull: Jesus Was a ‘Eunuch’?

by Vaughn Ohlman of Perservero News – Jesus, Paul, Daniel and ‘Real Men’

No one, well, no one interested in this discussion, will deny that Christ was such a man; and Paul deliberately includes himself in that category. So the very rules that Paul lays down in I Cor 7 and elsewhere, the essence of being a ‘Real Man’ that Solomon speaks of in Proverbs 5 and the Song of Solomon, have a deliberate exception in those with the gift that Paul speaks about.

And Christ doesn’t call them ‘real men’. Christ, in words no doubt as offensive to His listeners as they are to those who read them today (at least those who understand them) called those able to abstain from sexual intercourse ‘eunuchs’.[1]

Mat 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Three categories of eunuchs. Those born with some deformity that makes them sexual incapable, those forcibly castrated by men, and those who have ‘made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’. Paul, discussing this issue, makes it clear that only those who have a special gift from God are included in this group.

A ‘eunuch’ is not a ‘real man’. Or not a ‘whole man’ anyway. A eunuch was forbidden from entering the congregation. Usually through no fault of their own their physical infirmity made them ceremonially ‘unclean’.

So I have not gone out on some limb by calling even those who have been specially gifted not ‘real men’. They are, at the least, not normal men. Paul stated that this gift was a special one, and designed for a time of special distress, but he made it clear that it made one very non-normative.

Daniel may well have been a eunuch. He and his fellows were placed under the care of ‘the keeper of the eunuchs’. We never read of his wife, or his children.

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Madame

    Why this need to categorize people?

    On a different note, Jesus went to the sinagogue and the temple and taught there. The scribes and pharisees of his day didn’t hold his eunuch status against him. I think Mr. Ohlman wants to outdo the pharisees!

  • Porter Doran

    Blatant misrepresentation of Paul’s teaching. I Cor. chap. seven presents celibacy as the desirable norm for Followers, and excuses marriage only on the basis that some people would otherwise behave like sexual animals (my summation, obviously). Also: willful ignorance of Jesus’ saying that “no man can be my disciple” who has not given up family (traditional texts specify “wife”) for the Kingdom.

    So many Christians would be so much saner if they’d just forget Jesus and call themselves a species of aberrant Jews.

  • persephone

    Old Vaughn sure has issues. To be a real man, according to Vaughn, you’ve gotta be able to get it up often, keep the barefoot wife pregnant, get married as a teenager, don’t be a sissy, don’t worry about supporting all those kids and the wife, and don’t be a sissy.

    Yeah, some really serious issues.


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