Recent discussions in my Against All Advice post directed me towards some scripture on the subject of virginity. The first passage is from Leviticus:
10 The priest who is exalted above his fellows, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the vestments, shall not dishevel his hair, nor tear his vestments. 11 He shall not go where there is a dead body; he shall not defile himself even for his father or mother. 12 He shall not go outside the sanctuary and thus profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord. 13 He shall marry only a woman who is a virgin. 14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, a prostitute, these he shall not marry. He shall marry a virgin of his own kin, 15 that he may not profane his offspring among his kin; for I am the Lord; I sanctify him.
Leviticus makes clear that the High Priest is only allowed to marry a virgin, without exception. That brings us to Hebrews:
14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Jesus is the new high priest. Since he came to fulfill the law, we see how that is going to work in Second Corinthians:
I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! 2 I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
(2 Corinthians 11:1-3)
The Church is the bride of Christ, and is to be a chaste virgin at the wedding. This is necessary because Jesus is the bridegroom, and also High Priest, which means He can only marry a virgin.
A couple of quick points from this. First, nothing impure can be allowed to stain or associate with the church, lest it not be a chaste Virgin. Since the church is the body of believers, that means us. Those who are impure and haven’t been washed clean will not be included among the Church at the Day of Judgment. Second, virginity, chastity and purity are not simply important to the faith, but central to it. Only a chaste bride is acceptable to the chaste bridegroom. The Church’s sidelining of the importance of chastity and virginity in the last few decades showcases the extent of its fall.
Update: Since there is some apparent confusion about this, I wish to emphasis that it is chastity, which is proper order in mind, heart and action, that is most important here.