What The Bible Says About Pastors And Divorce

 

“What does the “husband of one wife” phrase in 1 Timothy 3:2 mean? Can a divorced man serve as a pastor, elder, or deacon?”


[It is important to note as we begin that this section of scripture is dealing specifically with the offices of church leadership, and is not dealing with membership to the body of Christ or spiritual giftedness]. There are at least three possible interpretations of the phrase “husband of one wife” in 1 Timothy 3:2. 1) It could simply be saying that a polygamist is not qualified to be an elder, a deacon or a pastor. This is the most literal interpretation of the phrase, but seems somewhat unlikely considering that polygamy was quite rare in the time that Paul was writing. 2) The phrase could also be translated “one-woman man.” This would indicate that a bishop must be absolutely loyal to the woman he is married to. This interpretation focuses more on moral purity than marital status. 3) The phrase could also be understood to declare that in order to be an elder/deacon/pastor, a man can only have been married once, other than in the case of a remarried widower.

 

Interpretations 2) and 3) are the most prevalent today. Interpretation 2) seems to be the strongest, primarily because Scripture seems to allow for divorce in exceptional circumstances (Matthew 19:91 Corinthians 7:12-16). [While divorce does not disqualify someone from Christ, it may very well disqualify someone from pastoral leadership.] It would also be important to differentiate between a man who was divorced and

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High School Students Serve With An Eternal Perspective

 

Five ordinary high school students, Kale (17), Luke (16), Jesse (17), Susie (14), and Kylie 17), share their insights on serving in the church. Read the following interview to learn what these teens had to say about volunteering their time and talents to further the kingdom of God. High school students, check out how your peers are spending their free time, and prayerfully consider joining them! Adults, get ready to be inspired and challenged by the self-sacrificing attitudes of these teens, who truly illustrate what it means to have a servant’s heart.

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Mere Christianity

 

“I know that some people say the idea of a Law of Nature or decent behavior known to all men is unsound, because different civilisations and different ages have had quite different moralities.

 

But this is not true. There have been difference between their moralities, but these have never amounted to anything like a total difference. If anyone will take the trouble to compare the moral teaching, of, say, the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Hindus, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans, what will really strike him will be how very like they are to each other and to our own … for our present purpose, I need only ask the reader to think what a totally different morality would mean. Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five. Men have differed as regards what people you ought to be unselfish to – whether it was only your own family, or your fellow countrymen, or every one. But they have always agreed that you ought not to put yourself first. Selfishness has never been admired. Men have differed as to whether you should have one wife or four. But they have always agreed that you must not simply have any woman you liked.

 

But the most remarkable thing is this. Whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.

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Financial Woes: How To Make Sense of Money Issues?

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12.8 million people are unemployed in the United States today. This sad reality testifies that we are not alone in our financial struggles. Countless people are struggling with losing their homes, car repossession, and having to sell their possessions just to pay the bills. Chances are, the repercussions of the economy’s financial crisis have manifested in your own life in one way or another. You may be wondering how to find peace in the midst of crippling financial predicaments. In the Old Testament book of Haggai, we see a situation eerily familiar to what is transpiring in our country today. So check out what these verses reveals about where God’s people should place their trust:

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The Discerning Disciple

We all have people in our lives who need Christ in their lives. Maybe the Lord is directing your attention to a coworker, family member, neighbor, or friend who is ruling as his or her own god, rather than submitting to the almighty God. As we grow closer to God, we feel an emergent sense that we need to be a light in unbeliever’s lives and share the gift of salvation with them. The question is: is our light the brilliant reflection of the love of God or an irritating strobe light that screams condemnation? Indeed, God has called us to go and make disciples all over the world, as He says in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen” (NKJV). It is clear by this scripture that we are supposed to spread the Word of God; however, how are we doing this? What is our attitude when we are witnessing?

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Women’s Leadership Class: Leading As A Woman

Ladies, don’t miss your chance to sign up for this enlightening class, where you’ll learn how to become a biblical leader. Leading As A Woman is a six-week class that seeks to train and equip women with a fundamental understanding of how to lead, teach, and mentor other women within the framework of biblical womanhood, as stated in Titus 2:3-5

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THE DRAWING OF THE FATHER

(Excerpted from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost For His Highest)

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (NKJV, John 6:44)

When God draws me, the issue of my will comes in at once-will I react on the revelation which God gives-will I come to Him? Discussion on spiritual matters is an impertinence. Never discuss with anyone when God speaks. Belief is not an intellectual act; belief is a moral act whereby I deliberately commit myself. Will I dump myself down absolutely on God and transact on what He says? If I will, I shall find I am based on Reality that is as sure as God’s throne.

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Are You In The Faith?

 

After getting saved, people often expect to be magically transformed into model Christians overnight. This is a prevalent, but unrealistic expectation. So what, then, should a daily walk with Christ look like? Without daily immersion in the Bible and the fortification of prayer, it quickly becomes discouraging trying to decipher if we are in God’s will. Ever reach a point where you can’t figure out if God is in working in your life at all? How do we know if we are in the faith? 2 Corinthians 13:5 teaches, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified”(NKJV). How can we do this successfully?

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What Controls Your Mood?

 

Do you ever have “just one of those days” in which the darker forces seem to be industriously wreaking havoc in the orderly calm of your life, and even the most trivial incidents are producing rather disagreeable results? The barista made you a lukewarm whole milk latte, although you specifically ordered an extra hot soy latte. How do they even mix that up? You called your sister up to share some good news, but she ended up monopolizing the conversation and complaining about her “unfair” life for forty minutes. Your latest electricity bill is triple the cost of last month’s, so the family will now be banned from touching the thermostat. Regardless of how insignificant or consequential the circumstances of a bad day may be, resist the urge to succumb to moodiness. No amount of spilled coffee, annoying family disputes, or incompliance from your spouse justifies your wallowing in sullen terseness, egocentric vexation, or bitter resentment. Rather than squandering our days self-centeredly focused on our unhappy travails, we must actively pursue a Christ-centered mind.

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Apples of Gold

If you are a wife or a wife-to-be seeking to grow in your role, then Apples of Gold is for you! Apples of Gold is not just an ordinary women’s bible study. Beyond biblical training, the group learns what it means to embody a Titus 2 woman through concrete examples and real life discussions. Titus 2:3-5 is the core of this group, which states, “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.” Accordingly, Apples of Gold equips wives with the necessary tools to achieve this biblically delineated role. This seven-week mentoring program incorporates cooking demonstrations, a full dinner enjoyed together every week, table talk, table design, etiquette instruction, bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

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