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Aquila 03-03-2018 07:51 PM

The Divorcee:
 
I was reading about the qualifications of bishops and deacons. As I reflected on this, an interesting question came to mind.

Assuming the requirement of being the "husband of one wife" is to be interpreted as meaning that a man cannot be divorced and remarried...

What rolls, offices, or ministries might the remarried divorcee who wishes to serve become involved in?

Esaias 03-03-2018 08:02 PM

Re: The Divorcee:
 
I believe all offices in the church are understood as either bishop/overseer/elder, or deacon/minister/servant. The word deacon means minister or servant. Those who are not elders or ministers (bishops or deacons) are to simply function in whatever capacity Christ has gifted them with. But they are not "deacons" or elders. Everyone has a role, function, or capacity. But elders and deacons are set forth as examples, among other things, and have a certain amount of representational authority. Hence they must be above reproach.

Aquila 03-03-2018 09:36 PM

Re: The Divorcee:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Esaias (Post 1521562)
I believe all offices in the church are understood as either bishop/overseer/elder, or deacon/minister/servant. The word deacon means minister or servant. Those who are not elders or ministers (bishops or deacons) are to simply function in whatever capacity Christ has gifted them with. But they are not "deacons" or elders. Everyone has a role, function, or capacity. But elders and deacons are set forth as examples, among other things, and have a certain amount of representational authority. Hence they must be above reproach.

:thumbsup

What about...?

Apostle
Pastor
Teacher
Prophet
Evangelist

I'm thinking a divorcee shouldn't serve as an apostle or pastor.

Can a divorcee function as a teacher, prophet, or evangelist?

Tithesmeister 03-03-2018 09:47 PM

Re: The Divorcee:
 
This is an interesting subject. I believe it should be interpreted as a man who is husband to one wife. As in he did not have more than one. I realize it is not often interpreted that way, but if taken literally, that is what it means.

Many people say that it means never married and divorced, then remarried.

I have also heard it applied to a widower. This interpretation says that if the wife of the deacon dies he is disqualified from being a deacon. Presumably he is no longer husband to one wife.

When you take into account that it was not unusual in biblical times for men to have multiple wives simultaneously, I believe that is what it refers to.

Scott Pitta 03-04-2018 01:42 AM

Re: The Divorcee:
 
Is the prohibition about divorce ? Polygamy ? Does it mean pastors are required to be married ? Which one is it ? Or is he referring to something else ?

Amanah 03-04-2018 03:42 AM

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If the Pastor is the injured party, his wife was unfaithful and she leaves/divorces him, is he unqualified from ministry?

Truthseeker 03-04-2018 04:14 AM

Re: The Divorcee:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Amanah (Post 1521610)
If the Pastor is the injured party, his wife was unfaithful and she leaves/divorces him, is he unqualified from ministry?

No

Evang.Benincasa 03-04-2018 06:29 AM

Re: The Divorcee:
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Amanah (Post 1521610)
If the Pastor is the injured party, his wife was unfaithful and she leaves/divorces him, is he unqualified from ministry?

No, the instruction of husband of one wife meant the guy had to of been married at one point in time. Because ruling over a household was a criteria for the preacher to rule over the church assembly.

houston 03-04-2018 06:35 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Evang.Benincasa (Post 1521613)
No, the instruction of husband of one wife meant the guy had to of been married at one point in time. Because ruling over a household was a criteria for the preacher to rule over the church assembly.

Thatís terrible. Who wants to be married? :foottap

Evang.Benincasa 03-04-2018 06:41 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by houston (Post 1521615)
Thatís terrible. Who wants to be married? :foottap

Iím glad my parents got married. I wouldnít be here. :heeheehee


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