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Old 11-22-2023, 01:05 PM
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Unequally Yoked

If a Christian man is unequally yoked to an unbelieving wife should he become an Elder or Deacon in the church assembly?

If not, why not?
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Re: Unequally Yoked

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If a Christian man is unequally yoked to an unbelieving wife should he become an Elder or Deacon in the church assembly?

If not, why not?
No, I don't think so.

Why not?

The wives of elders and deacons, and not just elders and deacons, have qualifications, too:

Titus 2:3-5 (ESV),

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3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Note the phrase "Older women". It is one word in Greek:

πρεσβύτιδας - presbytidas, from πρεσβῦτις - presbutis, meaning an "older woman".

See: https://biblehub.com/greek/4247.htm

However, it is important to note, this is simply the feminine form of the Greek term:

πρεσβύτης - presbutés, used in Titus 2:2 to describe elders, that is, older men.

See: https://biblehub.com/greek/4246.htm

Both of these terms stem from:

πρεσβύτερος - presbuteros

Which is the universal terms for "elders", as in the official role as found in the Church.

See: https://biblehub.com/greek/4245.htm

It seems clear that the "older women" of Titus 2:3 are therefore, not just women of a certain elderly age, but rather, are to be considered the wives of πρεσβύτερος - presbuteros, that is, elders.

Furthermore, regarding deaconesses:

1 Timothy 3:11 (ESV),

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11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.
These things being so, I can't imagine a scenario where an unbelieving wife would qualify for the role of "elder's wife" or "deacon's wife", thus meaning her husband is, by default, disqualified from either role in the Church.
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If a Christian man is unequally yoked to an unbelieving wife should he become an Elder or Deacon in the church assembly?

If not, why not?
That's an interesting question.

I personally believe that the circumstance would have greater affect if the individual had knowledge of the scriptures, how it commands believers not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Compared to a man married already, then becomes saved while the wife is content to stay unsaved.

I agree with Monterey, does the man rule his house well? Despite the fact that his wife is unsaved.

Will there be a limit as to what he can do as an elder or deacon, maybe. But I don't believe we should punish him because of the circumstance, as to be a benchwarmer all his christian life.

However, since were on this subject.

What about a minister that his wife leaves him, can he still be a minister?

What about a divorce?

Does that disqualify for ministry, deacon, elder?

I guess we'll have to let it unfold....
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