I am asked in debates with Orthodox what is “Anchoretism,” of which I routinely accuse them. Fair enough. I can give cerebral definitions like “trying to obtain hyperousia by human efforts.” (By the way: that is exactly what theology of glory means, not a synonym for theonomy). That’s a fairly damning definition, but I think we can take it a step further.
Only Evangelicals could think of something this stupid (Yes, I realize it is a parody but I’ve had conversations with Evangelicals who actually spout this nonsense). However, they are drawing upon an ancient, if erroneous, church teaching. Here is a confused but mostly helpful summary of fathers’ teaching on intercourse for priests (The Eastern Orthodox are correct to note that the Bible allows for bishops to marry. They are incorrect in their gnostic conclusions).
I understand that they urge “living in celibacy” because they see themselves as a continuation of the Levitical line. That raises another problem which I’ll address later.
Back to the video: while it is a parody and not to be taken literally, it does raise important issues. Their silly app which rings when the other is having impure thoughts, and the wife says, “You’re thinking of me, right.”
The husband: “How can I, since you go into the bathroom to change?”
You can draw your own conclusion on where that is headed in a few years, but this is the practical consequence of “being more holy because I am more celibate than you.” I know of an EO convertskii who appeared to take this vow a few years ago. Nothing good can come of this. The apostle Paul urges to withdraw from intercourse for a brief period of time to devote to prayer, but just as strongly urged them to have intercourse again so they won’t be tempted by the devil.
No wonder Paul elsewhere considers these people as “teaching the doctrine of demons.” Literally.