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Qualify or Disqualified

For the man, whose passion is unquenchable and any effort to suppress his passion, is utterly futile.  With a passion for spreading the word of God, one will experience various hindrances and through the word of God, one can overcome these difficulties.  For the apostle Paul said, “This [is] a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work” (1 Timothy 3:1).

Regardless of one’s passion towards preaching, God has requirements one must meet and these requirements are non-negotiable.  Such as, “[a] bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2).  The apostle Paul wrote to Titus, saying, “if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly” (Titus 1:6) and when men allow biases to interfere, their interpretations are left desolate.

Some men are selective in their use of eisegesis when defining a word, a phrase, and/or a verse, their biases corrupt the intended meaning of the text. Being “the husband of one wife” appears clear and yet, men come, allowing their biases to corrupt the meaning, which tends to support their claimed truth. Again, being “the husband of one wife,” excludes those men, who are single, polygamist, and the unfaithful husband of one wife.

Now, a man whose comes to the Lord, having been married and divorced, then he obeys the Gospel plan of Salvation, being baptized into Christ.  Being in Christ makes him single that is until he weds (a Christian woman) and now, desires to preach; is he qualified or disqualified?

Saturated in sin, being immersed in baptism, he is “therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he] is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The apostle Paul said, “Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

Personal biases have no place within an autonomous congregation, in fact, they must support a consistency in all matters of faith and practices.  Treating all relevant characteristics equally helps to keep in line with the word of God and if biased conjecture underlies a person’s constitution, there will be repercussions.  Christians in a spectatorship role can only expect more of the same Ole hindrances that stifle growth.

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