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Is A Divorced Pastor Proper

Should a divorced man, that has gotten remarried become a Pastor?

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If the pastors wife was the one who committed adultery, he is well within biblical bounds to marry another

yes he certainly can marry another if his wife committed adultery however, the Lord was specific the husband of one wife, if he divorces for any reason he now has wife #2. Nowhere does it suggest that it is one wife at a time!! A reasoning man rejects the words of God and by making a suggestion of one wife at a time you are in danger of rejecting Gods warning to not add to his word.

A divorce for whatever reason is an underlying issue of an inability to spiritually lead, if man cannot spiritually lead his home the Lord stated he will not be a leader spiritually leading ***his*** flock.
---Follower_of_Christ on 1/5/13


We say in the wedding ceremony "What God has joined together let no man put asunder." How many people go to the alter and get married and God had nothing to do with it? Just because you march down the isle and get married in front of a preacher that doesn't mean the God is in the marriage. If that is true than we need to be forgiven for the marriage not the divorce. When Paul was talking about having one wife, he meant one wife at a time, it had nothing to do with divorce. If God can't forgive the sin of divorce, then Jesus didn't cover ALL sins when he died on the cross did he?
---Sandy on 1/5/13


arguing against God to prove your own personal point, God gives grace to all that does not exclude leaders however once divorced the man is no longer a spiritual leader
---Follower_of_Christ on 12/8/12
Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

If the pastors wife was the one who committed adultery, he is well within biblical bounds to marry another

what we do not know here is the cause of the divorce. That would make the difference. I am just giving him the benefit of the doubt that the ex wife is at fault, or else you would be correct
---francis on 12/8/12


My point is ALL HAVE SINNED
and God gives grace to all


arguing against God to prove your own personal point, God gives grace to all that does not exclude leaders however once divorced the man is no longer a spiritual leader

your point is not based upon holy scripture because you believe your thoughts and ways are higher than Gods

using scripture to suit your desires is not rightfully dividing truth it is deceitfully dividing truth to serve your points.

your deception proves your point and reveals your misunderstanding of the vision of Moses. Truth is by God, making points against holy scripture serve yourself. The Lord Jesus does not have leaders in his ministry that are divorced.
---Follower_of_Christ on 12/8/12


Moses a friend of God did commit murder, however he was not a leader in the NT church, seeing he was dead at the time the Lord lived.
---Follower_of_Christ on 11/24/12

Acts 7:38 This is he( MOSES), that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

My point is ALL HAVE SINNED
and God gives grace to all
---francis on 11/24/12




Moses a friend of God did commit murder, however he was not a leader in the NT church, seeing he was dead at the time the Lord lived.

King David did commit adultery however he was not ruling the NT church established by the Lord Jesus as given to the Apostles, seeing he too was dead when the Lord lived.

Paul did commit many mistakes, as well as Peter, (afterall they were human not God).

The Lord Jesus established his church and his true followers accept his instruction that he gave to the men leading his church. Those truly being led by the Lord follow his instructions for the Lords church, otherwise you have a church by men, led by a divorced man, who is not led by the Lord. Idolatry will do that.
---Follower_of_Christ on 11/24/12


Moses committed murder
David adultery
Pastor Paul, the great NT writer and evangelist: Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church,
Acts 22:4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
Acts 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled [them] to blaspheme, and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted [them] even unto strange cities.
1 Corinthians 15:9 I persecuted the church of God.

Galatians 1:13 beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee:
---francis on 11/24/12


1 Timothy 3:12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

the instruction for believers is very clear in 1 Timothy 3:12, unbelievers become indignant when their favorite preacher is divorced and they want him to remain in the pulpit despite Gods instructions. Forgiveness of sins is by God, the preacher will not be perfect yet God instructed his ministers to follow 1 Timothy 3:12, those who don't were not fit for the ministry. Gods purpose is not condemning them it is keeping the true flock from being deceived. The Lord Jesus is not leading men who are divorced.
---Follower_of_Christ on 11/23/12


If the divorce happened because HE committed adultery then I don't believe that he should be accepted as a pastor.

If he has truly repented God will have forgiven him but I don't think that it would be easy for him to preach, tell others about how God hates sexual sin or counsel married people with the history he would have.

It would be far better that he finds a different kind of occupation but witnesses to the love of Christ through means other than preaching from a pulpit.
---Rita_H on 11/23/12


Depends on if his wife committed a sexual sin? Except for fornication it is not permitted for a man to put away his wife, Divorce, however if he finds it in his heart to forgive they are to reconcile.

If she did have intercourse with someone else then he according to that one scripture can. However it can also read fornication can only be committed by single people.

If a pastor cannot forgive who will he pray for forgiveness to Christ? He's no example unless the case is extreme even so so were we until we came to know Christ...
---Carla on 11/23/12




When God goes to choose, He does not look for your goodness, He does not look for your badness. He looks much deeper. He sees what we cannot see. He sees what others cannot see. For He is God. THE LIVING GOD. Yes.+++
---pat on 11/14/12


Me? Not really!
---pat on 11/12/12


Yes, if GOD Almighty has rewritten HIS Word. Huummm, but GOD Almighty does not lie. HE said Heaven and Earth will pass away before HIS Word does. Huummm, we line up with GOD's Word, or GOD's Word line up with us? For hardness of heart, Moses allowed divorce. Then JESUS came on the scene and into that heart so it can be no more hard? How can a child of GOD divorce? Has HE not come in and taken the heart of stone, and given us a heart of flesh -- like HIS? Just asking.
---dorothy_sanders on 11/13/12


God thru Christ forgives sin but we as Christians don't?

One of the 1st commands Christ gave the church. TO FORGIVE and ye shall be forgiven.

Bible does not say divorced cannot serve Christ in what ever position CHRIST sets him in. same for singles. PAUL was single!
He lead the Church.

Never have I seen such twisting of scripture and such unchrist like behavior.
Husband of one wife. This pertains to plural marriage. Plural marriage very common in Paul's day. To him that was unacceptable and I agree. But to not forgive and forget sins of divorced? very sad. those who teach this false teaching will stand in account for it.
Sin is sin. Theres no little/big. Christ forgives/wipes all sin away.
---g on 11/13/12


---J_Marc on 11/7/12
So did anything bad happen with these two men being deacons? Oh, by the way Paul did not have a wife. Nor did Jesus. What this verse means is that an elder, deacon should not practice sexual immorality or be tempted by another woman for selfish gain but be dedicated to one woman. This is where grace comes in. A season maybe needed after a divorce for renewal and reflection. "Let the man without sin cast the first stone... go and sin no more."
---Scott1 on 11/13/12


Hello , Pat.
Ok. Got ya! Thanks.. you are really so smart. Smile. ELENA
---ELENA on 11/12/12


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ELENA, you would have to find someone who qualifies, first.
---pat on 11/11/12


This is ELENA, I have a question

What if a pastor who. Comes and They find out. That he was the guilty one who cause divorce.
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If he was the one cheat on the wife? Don' t church board investigate. Before hire them to be.a pastor??.
And if this was the case?..
---ELENA on 11/10/12


Bro. J Marc, you are so right concerning the leaders in our churches. That is one reason there is so many so call Christians that are not really Christians. Many have believed a lie for so many years because those who teach should not even be teachings. And when we speak to them, they show the same disposition the lost display, anger, hate and a wrong gospel, as the passage states in (1 John 2:19) concerning false teachers in the last hour,
"They went out from us, but they were not not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us"
---Mark_V. on 11/10/12


Mark V, Peace to you as well! Years ago, i showed a pastor 1st Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. i asked why he put a man without children in the office of deacon, he told me that i was a legalist & he hates legalists! Later he put a divorced man in the office of deacon! There is nothing new under the sun!
---J_Marc on 11/7/12


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bro. J. Marc, great post you put up again. It speaks for itself. No amount of hermeneutics are needed. Peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 11/7/12


Qualifications for Elders, Biships, & Pastors! Titus 1:5-9 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God, not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre,But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate, Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
---J_Marc on 11/6/12


1 Timothy 3:12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

The Lord inspired 1 Timothy 3:12 for a reason. Ministers have greater responsibility to the flock. If a minister is divorced they did not rule their home, difficult for unbelievers to comprehend the Lord wanted a higher standard for ministers because most men refuse to accept the Lord as their master, instead they themselves choose to minister yet refuse to be led by the Lord because they believe their own ways are higher than the ways of the Lord. Men who choose to lead a church after divorce are simply deceived and those who stay under their lead have fallen into idolatry
---Follower_of_Christ on 11/3/12


Should a divorced man, that has gotten remarried become a Pastor?
---Cynthia on 8/8/07

There are circumstances with allow people who are divorced to remarry. One such case would be if the spouse committed adultery.
Another case would include them both not being christians to start with, one convertying and the other non christian leaving the marriage

Kee[p in mind that it take two to marry and keep the marriage but only one to divorce
---francis on 11/2/12


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Here are the qualifications for Elders, Biships, & Pastors! Titus 1:5-9 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God, not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre,But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate, Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
---J_Marc on 10/30/12


\\except it be for fornication,\\

Are you aware that not all mss of the Gospels have this escape clause, trey?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/30/12


1 Timothy 3:12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.


Follower, do you understand that this has to do with not having more than one wife instead of being divorced?

Well, it does. Most men in the Bible had more than one wife.
Plural marriage is all through the Bible. That is what this clause is refering to, and not to be applied as we see fit.
If murder can be forgiven, then so can divorce.

There is no little sin or big sin. Sin is sin, and it is all forgiven according to Christ.
---g on 10/30/12


family,one of the best,if not the best pastors, was a pastor way back,he was honest, from the start people tried to put him down,he quickly got all of us together, had his papers,his wife left him with 3 babies took off with some man she met, a musician,and never came back so,he after divorce prayed,waited,and the church made him go,but he went to California and found cousel,church who accept him.He was a real pastor, I wish he and his family would be here,now. They are good people. ELENA
---ELENA on 10/30/12


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A man may be a pastor after divorce and remarriage if he had biblical grounds for divorce.
Mt19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Per our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he has a right to divorce if his wife was unfaithful.
---trey on 10/29/12


The answer falls on this I think.It all depends on God's plan and purpose.God will use anyone whom He would like to use.it is not for us to qualify or judge a person.Each of us have fallen in some or other ways.there are no such big sin or small sin.sins are all the same in in the eyes of God
---mj on 10/29/12


I think what it says is you can't pastor a church if you are divorced. that also goes for unruly children. saying that, many pastors probably shouldn't be doing that job but when God calls one to preach, God expects them to do their best. my dad met my mom she was married but her husband had dissappeared for 4 years. my dad paid for her divorce and they were married until death took my mom. my dad was a God called pastor. Both were not christians then and they both became born again and their sin was forgiven. A dear man of God I know his wife left him and he married again. I have watched him in the pulpit crying real tears because his wife was gone.
---shira4368 on 10/27/12


1 Timothy 3:12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

No divorced men are no longer leaders they did not rule their own houses well. Yet many will ignore Gods written word because they want to satisfy their own self and lust for power, not the Lord. If any are attending a church with a divorced leader you should leave, these leaders are deceived by Satan and not being led by the Lord Jesus.

It is Gods church, not mans, yet man is led by his own desires, his own ways (which are not Gods). Men who choose to lead a church after divorce are simply deceived and those who stay under their lead have fallen into idolatry
---Follower_of_Christ on 10/27/12


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\\I can't believe I could be punished for something my wife decided.\\

Not being able do do what you want (or even what you think God is calling you to do) is NOT the same thing as punishment.

\\ I thought God judges by the fruit.\\

And a failed marriage is excellent fruit indeed, isn't it?

You say your wife just woke up one day and decided she didn't want to be married to you. As I tell women with similar stories about husbands that up and left them, I'm sure there's more to it than that. I'd be curious to hear HER side of things.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/27/12


Only if God chose him. If you read Scriptures, some of God's best, holy men, were far from perfect. It is the same today. There are so many false preachers. God needs to raise up more holy men and women to serve Him. We are made holy, cause God is holy. We are made righteous because God is righteous, and not because we are so perfect. Thank you.
---pat on 10/27/12


I am dealing with this now. Been saved since I was a kid and now am going to school to be a Pastor. My wife woke up one day and said she didn't love me and filed for a divorce. After that I got remarried and been with my wife for 20 years. Have been a youth leader when my kids was in church and now want to be a Pastor. I can't believe I could be punished for something my wife decided. I thought God judges by the fruit. That's like the rule that a Pastor has to have well behaving children. I guess God himself could never be a Pastor he had 2 rebellious children. I think people make divorce the 2nd unpardonable sin.
---Steve on 10/27/12


2/2
Jesus prohibited divorce except for adultery, that included lying about ones virginity. The non adulterer could remarry. The adulterer, and anyone marrying one, is entering a prohibited marriage. A divorce without cause, was no divorce, and so, another marriage was a type of bigamy. The exception is in 1Corinthians 7:15. If the unbeliever departs, the Christian can remarry because the marriage was not 'in the Lord'. Matthew 19:9, 1Corinthians 7:27-28 allow remarriage.
Deuteronomy 22:17-19, 28-29, 24:1-4, Proverbs 2:17 (forsaketh husband), Isaiah 54:4-8, Jeremiah 3:1, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32, 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18, 1Corinthians 6:15-16, 7:10-17, 27-28.
---Glenn on 10/3/09


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1/2
Some men are married to two wives, one he lives with, and the one he sends a check to every month. Has he now learned how to have a Godly marriage? The disciplining of a presumed Bishop is not a punishment, but recognizes that man is not qualified. This could be due to immaturity, ignorance, sin, apostasy, or not meeting various Biblical standards *1. The applicable verse is 1Timothy 5:19-22, and if the charge is justifiable, Romans 16:17, 18, 1Corinthians 5 come into play. Matthew 18:15-20 concerns offenses committed against you personally.
*1 Acts 20:27-30, 1Timothy 3:1-15, Titus 1:5-16, James 3:1-18, 1Peter 5:1-3.
---Glenn on 10/3/09


Everyone who has the legalistic approach that 1 Timothy is referring to divorce is wrong. In the original Greek the word (apolusai)divorce is not used. The phrase in the Greek (andra mias gunaikos) "husband of one wife" literally means having only one wife at a time and being totally devoted to her. God plainly says that he will those who add or take away from His Word and the legalistic community is doing exactly that.Quit denying quality men from fulfilling God's call and allow them to pastor. You may be surprised at what you get.
---Stuart on 10/2/09


In Titus 1:6 Doesnt the bible say that an elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blamelessnot overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.

Also, was his divorce and remarriage scriptural Matthew 5:32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery
---Wal_Rev on 10/26/08


If the man has a living wife he is not free to marry.
---Betty on 10/26/08


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If the man did not believe in vain...and he is seated in heavenly places...and he has the forgiveness of sins...and he is accepted in the beloved...THEN THERE SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM! Quote me on it!
---Scott on 10/25/08


There was one KING David and God has the right to choose whom he pleases to pardon and whom he choses to reject. David was a man of GODs heart and part of The linage of Christ and despite David messing up that line could not be contaminated with foreign Blood. What a cop out how many men do I hear use david as an example to pardon their Adultery/Fornication Are all men DAVID, Moses, Soloman, Elijah?
---carla5754 on 8/29/07


If it was that Pastor's Felt, and that Pastor was in ungodly lust's,adutery or child pron. Then no I don't feel that person should be Pastoring. God can forget and heal a person from a past sin. But if there were weakness's. That Pastor should be careful and have a person over them to help them. They need a over seer sometimes or a high.
---Janice on 8/27/07


If things are different(changed) and they have truely been delivered and set free I am sure some place there may be some good divoreced Pastors. Richard Roberts is a good Pastor he had another wife in his past before he got in the ministry. That is the thing "before" he got in the Ministry. Not while he was a Pastor.
---Janice on 8/27/07


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There are lots of reasons why divorce happens.When we are in Christ nothing will be unsettled.We are called to love,forgive & live a holy life.Let us pray our ministers will be able to live as Romans 12 says(as we also need to),as written in 1Tim,etc. For if a person is in Christ.. all things will be settled in love & desiress will be to live a holy life pleasing & acceptable before Christ.God bless our ministers.May they live a life that will inspire us to obey the Lord's commands.
---Sheila on 8/27/07


King David committed adultery and murder? Yet he was 'the apple of God's eye'.
I think we really need to seek God's face in these situations. God punishes.
---Andrea on 8/26/07


If he committed fornication Absolutely Not neither if a woman/Man titles come under the same. Many do justify their Lives by misleading others by using scripture out of context. '' Being saved means all things are passed away''. Why did Jesus and Moses not Qoute that to validate Divorce for any reason, because this was not and is not so. Marriage is very much (like) a covenant Christ saw the innocent and said accept, ONE EXCCEPTION (for re- marriage)! if im permitted by the word Matthew 19 to say so.
---carla5754 on 8/22/07


If he committed fornication Absolutely Not neither if a woman/Man titles come under the same. Many do justify their Lives by misleading others by using scripture out of context. '' Being saved means all things are passed away''. Why did Jesus and Moses not Qoute that to validate Divorce for any reason, because this was not and is not so. Marriage is very much (like) a covenant Christ saw the innocent and said accept, ONE EXCCEPTION (for re- marriage)! if im permitted by the word Matthew 19 to say so.
---carla5754 on 8/22/07


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"the husband of one wife"

I always thought this phrase was there because during Biblical times it was not unusual for men to have wives and concubines all at the same time. If a wife commits adultery and divorces her husband, that is not something that should be held agains the husband
Susie
I was rereading the comments and thought this was interesting. If the pastor is divorced (properly) he is unmarried and therefore free to remarry.
---Andrea on 8/15/07


Robyn, by what authority to you lift the requirements for being a pastor? It is one thing if the man had never married, but to be married and then divorced shows that he does NOT have what it takes to be a pastor, even if his sin had been forgiven. But he should be encouraged to attend as a parishioner at every service.
---lorra8574 on 8/11/07


The Assemblies of God just this week voted to let people pastor whose spouse either committed adultery or was an unbeliever and abandoned them. In the past, pastors could not be divorced and remarried for any circumstances. Prior to this if a pastor was divorced and remained unmarried they could pastor. If the divorced pastor remarried they had to turn in their credentials.
---Karen on 8/12/07


Saved before or not, Jesus's blood will never lose it's power. HE sees our hearts and it's desires and intents. We need to go beyond religion and look deeper with the eyes of Jesus...and, with His eyes, there's always room for forgiveness when one truly repents. Isn't He wonderful!!! I love him SO much...and He loves us all too, in spite of all our "in spite of's" *S*
---chara on 8/11/07


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Why not? He is a new creature and has been born again. The divorce happened before He was saved. He cannot do anything about that now. He has to move on and do the work of Christ now. I hope he has gotten his life together and will no not be facing divorce in his future.
---Robyn on 8/11/07


Rebbeca,
I don't agree with your way of thinking. His sin is forgiven.But sin being forgiven does not mean that as a preacher he should not align himself with scripture and be an example to his flock.
---MissionSoldier on 8/10/07


#2
Pick a different verse to support your view of who is in heaven. Matt 3:13 is Jesus stating under what authority he says one must be reborn. Nicodemus refers to Jesus as teacher.v.13 is Jesus showing how he is much more than a teacher. None of the teachers of the old testament has done what he has and will do. Ascending to and descending from heaven and being the Son of Man gives him Heavenly authority to speak of heavenly things. This does not mean that no one that has died has gone to heaven yet.
---MissionSoldier on 8/10/07


Mellisa,
I agree, before saved = forgiven. The problem I have is that christianity has been high-jacked. Anyone today can claim to be a christian and so many are willing to be accepting. Pastors are held to a greater standard by GOD. Who are we to lessen that standard.
---MissionSoldier on 8/10/07


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MissionSoldier: I am glad you like my way of thinking. Which lines up with the word of God. I have heard of Ghandi, but to say he is in heaven. I would have to say no. Because the bible says that no man has ascended up into heaven but Jesus himself. John 3:13. I go to a non-demonational Family Worship Church.
---Rebecca_D on 8/10/07


Mission soldier if you weren't such a sexist I might agree with you. But I do question if men who are not in control of their families should have control of a church. Maybe it would be better to use their knowkedge and experience as speakers and not have them as pastors bc Pst are held to a high standard. Sorry I hate to stand bt two opinions.
---Andrea on 8/10/07


MissionSoldier-Do you think that "husband of one wife" means that a widower can't remarry and pastor a church? I agree with those who mentioned that a mistake made before being born again should not disqualify someone from serving as a minister. God casts sin into the "sea of forgetfulness" when it is confessed and forgiven. Then, the born again individual becomes a "new man" ready to serve the Lord. You want to deny someone the right to work for the kingdom?
---melissa on 8/10/07


you're right rebecca, thats what usually happens,people tend to look on other's past than on someone's changed life...but for those who are already in the service of the Lord and then suddenly got divorced,then let God be the Judge... Be good shepherds working for the Lord,with passion and commitment,not just an obligation.I observed alot of pastors like this.
---chara6448 on 8/9/07


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Ask forgiveness to the Lord, and learn from your mistakes, for God will forgive us...He has the ear to hear your confessions...and the heart to forgive you.Take care everyone and for those pastors whose life are devoted on the service for God's glory, keep it up...
---chara6448 on 8/9/07


Clergy are people just like everyone else, 38-42 percent of Christians marriages fail and end in divorce. Married Clergy fall with in that same statistic hopefully not at the same rate. I know a number of clergy both male and female who have had divorces while serving churches. The only thing that counts is did they set it affect their pastoral duties. Other wise it it no one else's business.
---notlaw99 on 8/9/07


Rebecca D,
Thank you soooo much for what you think. I would rather go with what GOD says. I bet you think Ghandi is in heaven too.
What denomination country club do you belong to?
---MissionSoldier on 8/9/07


A Pastor is just like everyone else. What happens in one's past, should stay in one's past. I know of a few men whom got a divorce before God calling them to preach. What is under the blood, stays under the blood. God knows that, the person that got a divorce knows that. The trouble is, there are to many picky people, who would rather talk about what someone did in their past, rather than what they do for the Lord. The way I see it, if someone is going to talk about me, then talk about me to the Lord.
---Rebecca_D on 8/9/07


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Andrea,
That is why churches today have priest having affairs and gays in leadership but have no impact in thier community. It is not about what you think is ok but what GOD says. When a church gets away from scripture it becomes nothing more than a country club.
---MissionSoldier on 8/9/07


I know what the scripture says, but I also know the church would be missing many a wonderful pastor .....far be it for me to judge. There are a lot of things that we should do and don't and are told not to do and do ....Rom 8.....if it were my pastor I'd have to look at the individual circumstances.
It really is so easy to say no if your not the one caught in the middle.
I think it should be an exception not taken lightly.
---Andrea on 8/8/07


"the husband of one wife"

I always thought this phrase was there because during Biblical times it was not unusual for men to have wives and concubines all at the same time. If a wife commits adultery and divorces her husband, that is not something that should be held agains the husband. A divorced man (under those circumstances) should be free to remarry as he no longer has a wife. I would have no problem with such a man being a pastor if he is truly called of God.
---Susie on 8/8/07


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1 Timothy 3:2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober minded, self controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
---MissionSoldier on 8/8/07


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Well so many have done this and are still doing it,but this is not biblical. How can you be an example to the flock when you are not living according to the Word of God? I don't know what to say about all of this. God be the Judge.
---Robyn on 8/8/07


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