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|NASB||1 Timothy 3:2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,|
|1 Timothy 3:2 Now an overseer must be blameless and beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,|
|Subject: divorced pastors as overseers|
Bible Note: Hank,
It is ridiculous to ask whether a divorced pastor should remain in the minitry.
It is ridiculous to say that one is casting stones at a godly man because he is divorced.
It is riduculous to say that Moses was NOT a godly man because he could not go into the promised land-- because he "got angry"
Moses was a very godly man. Your preacher friend is a very godly man (on your word).
God instituted marriage as a covenant that should not be broken until death.
Based on that premise, it is very logical to say that the "husband of one wife" indicates not divorced. Divorce was allowed by the PERMISSIVE will of God. It is (still today) not his DIVINE will that mankind choose and then divorce a mate.
Because an individual is divorced does not make them less of a godly person.
Any sin does not make a person less of a godly person.
Was Peter godly? What about David? You and I have just been talking "little sins" (I realize there are no little sins) David not only committed adultry, but he murdered as well. Was he any less of a godly person? NO.
Whether or not a person's sins justify them as not godly or whether their life's testimony justifies them as godly is NOT the question.
The verse is putting forth its job qaulifications. Because one falls short of one prerequisite does not mean the person is ineligible to be an overseer. It means they have fallen short (ohh where have we heard THAT one before)?
Perhaps one has a bit of a temper, that would be in direct conflict with temperate. Does that make them ineligible? No. It means they fall short of the qualifications set forth in the bible of what an overseer SHOULD be... not necessarily WHAT they ARE.
David, the one with the murderous heart, and lust in his veins is called "the man after God's own heart. That's quite a contradiction don't you think? What makes the difference?
A person can be all of those things listed and still be ineligible for the job. You can be all of those things and not be a child of God, a sin-filled, blood redeemed, heir-to-the-throne, kin to David, grafted in child of God. and without that, you ain't nothing.
Jim Bakker can be an overseer, don't you think? your pastor friend can be an overseer. The thief on the cross can be an overseer. You could be an overseer; however, since I can't be the husband of one wife, I guess that means I'm out...