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Can Adulterers Become Pastors

My wife and I both cheated on each other before we were Christians. Can I still become a Pastor? We have been Christians 7 years and faithful.

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 ---Chip on 9/9/07
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If you are married to your first wife/Husband and both committed Adultery before being save for the FIRST time I'll agree that that scripture is used for once correctly and means once saved All things are Passed away behold All things are new. But if you have joined Church after being divorced and married again after committing Adultery, there is no way you can serve as a pastor because you have to be a Man of ONE WIFE and ONE wife ONLY(BIBLE)
---Carla5754 on 9/28/07

If you go by the following scripture:

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

That sure would elimnate the vast majority of the men walking the face of the earth. I'm not saying all, just most.
---denna7667 on 9/25/07

What happened in your past as a sinner, stays in the past. God forgot it, so should others. But as long as others know your past, they will bring it up no matter how close you are to God. As far as you becoming a Pastor, if God is not calling you to become a Pastor, then you shouldn't become one. Just because you have degrees, doesn't make you qualified. God doesn't call the qualified he qualifies the called.
---Rebecca_D on 9/20/07

Why not? Pastors are doing everything under the sub these days except leading and protecting the people of God. As they should. You need to go to God yourself on this, friend. Have you repented to God for your adultery and to your wife,if possible?This is what you should be concerned about. No one can cast you into Hell for your sins or repent but yourself. If you have repented and have been forgiven. You are free to move on with your life and God will most certainly use you for His glory.
---Robyn on 9/14/07

I wish I had enough space to write my testimony. I don't but I can assure you that the cross is in the center of my life. With that being in its proper place, I believe I may have moved ahead of the cloud. It could be my fault to some extent.
---chip on 9/14/07

Chip...It appears as if your wife had no intention of joining you. Seems like she came up with an ingenious way to get you out of the house before telling you she wanted a divorce. Depending on your denomination, some allow divorced pastors and other don't. Are you sure you are born again?
---Susie on 9/12/07

Perhaps you neglected your wife with your focus on your new goal?
---Niva on 9/11/07

Chip. What you did before you became a Christian does not Matter! The Bible saids we become a new person after conversion. If God calls you do become a bishop, then so be it.

Your pass sins does not determine your current state......
---Ramon on 9/11/07

Everyone, My wife is finishing her degree in two months and she wanted me to set things up at Seminary so she and the kids could join me in about six weeks. I came here 4 hours away and set things up. Got an apartment, started school and was preparing for her and the kids. Then in less then two weeks BAM...I don't love you. She told the whole church she was ready to go into ministry with me. I am a true man of God and read and pray everyday. He said Go and I went.
---chip on 9/11/07

Of Course because you were not Christian so nothing counts against you. It is all been forgiven. I know of Pastors who have divorced for nonBiblical reasons and remarried and STILL pastor a church. That doesn't make it right for someone else though just because he is sinning.
---litla on 9/11/07

Chip: Do you listen to the tv, radio and other news media. There are so many pastors and other Christians divorcing and doing what they want to do these days. Without fear of what God says in His Holy Word. Are you even reading your bible? If you become a pastor you are going to need to be a man of prayer and truth. Don't seem you are ready for the task you are taking upon yourself.I Corinthians chap 7 talks on the Priniciples of marriage. Begin there
---Robyn on 9/11/07

Chip...Why is your family not with you at seminary? Your story isn't adding up.
---Susie on 9/11/07

"old things have passed away. all things have become new." Your old life does not exist anymore. You never cheated on each other in the sight of God because you did it before you were saved. All sins were forgiven when you were saved. Yes you can Pastor.
---jody_martin on 9/11/07

I am sure that by now you have had more than enough answers to this question, but here goes. Of course you can, Cor is explicit when it says that if we come to Christ, we become new creatures, the old has passed away, even God does not remember your sins of past as it is removed as far from the East as to the West.
A New life in Christ means a new beginning, and since your life has only realy started 7 years ago, enjoy His goodness and do what He has called you to do.
I pray for you
---Henry on 9/11/07

I was quite shocked when you added a further bit of information - that your wife now wants a divorce. The way that your initial question is worded makes it sound as though everything in your marriage is fine and dandy NOW. It is so sad that things are now going wrong. I think that it will depend very much on which church you hope to be 'employed' by as to how they would consider a divorced pastor.
---RitaH on 9/11/07

Chip......if that GREAT Philosopher is SO great then he would have better advice for you!! If that person is an instructor in your like the wind. You are in the wrong place!!
---Rich on 9/10/07

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Chip. You say your wife is divorcing you while you are in seminary? Your life is currenly in uproar and you should go and deal with it. Going through a divorce is not having your family in order. Paul asked Timothy "How can a person take care of the Church when he can't take care of his family? Being a leader who is supposed to show an example will be an impossibility to you at this time.
---john on 9/11/07

Ann, Paul was indicating that a Bishop (or Deacon) may not have more than one wife in his lifetime. He is not required to be married at all, but having a wife and household shows how he would handle his church responsibilities. If a man is unstable and unable to manage a marriage, then he is unsuitable for ministry at any time. This is not about forgiveness of past sins, which are a separate matter.
---lorra8574 on 9/10/07

Right now, I just feel lost. I love her! Now she wants a divorce for no reason except that she says "I don't love you anymore?" 13 years of marriage and two kids. Whatever happened to commitment? I must keep my purpose and focus on Christ if I am going to make it!
---chip on 9/10/07

it says in Romans 11:29, that the gifts and the call of God are without repentance."so if God called u to be a pastor, then you'll be a pastor, no matter what ur past is." for God knew what ur past would be before u were ever born.
---ANN on 9/10/07

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first off, paul is not saying in 1 Timothy that u could not be a man who was divorce. he is saying you may not have 2, 3 , or 4 wives at the sametime. If he was talking about having a wife in the past then a bishop must never have drink wine, hit anybody, ever been greedy, ever been a fighter paul is only talking about the presenace not the past.
---ANN on 9/10/07

If God has called you to be a pastor. Why not? We all have a past and we should not let it haunt us, once we become born again. According to II Corinthians 5:17 we are new creatures when we get saved. Jesus died for our sins and they have been nailed to the cross. Go in peace and be set free.
---Robyn on 9/10/07

To everyone who replied to my blog. Thanks for the advice. I just feel I am a man that is not above reproach as talked about in the book of 1 timothy. My wife is currently wanting a divorce and this happened as soon as I moved to Seminary to further my studies. I was told from a great Philosopher that I cannot be a pastor because of not being a man of "one" wife.
---chip on 9/10/07

If you became a Christian and repented afterwards, your sins were forgiven--so why not. As Jesus said to the woman "Go and sin no more."
---Pernice on 9/10/07

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If you are still in doubt about Christ's ability to make you a new creation - you are not ready. But it sounds as if the Lord is preparing a great ministry for you when you are ready. Go for it.....BE BLESSED IN HIS LOVE!
---Andrea on 9/10/07

What you did before you were Christians should be of no concern to anyone else and I don't even see why you need to tell any future congregation which you might have the opportunity to pastor. If you do become a pastor and somehow this comes to light you should remind the congregation that God forgave all your sins when you accepted Christ as your Saviour and Lord. You might need to remind them about the 'casting the first stone' incident in the bible also.
---RitaH on 9/10/07

In most cases it depends on the denomination, which is wrong. The bottom line is have you asked God for forgiveness of you sin? Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

A sin is sin. If not then no man should be pastor and that would eliminate everybody from becoming a pastor. If God can forgive you and does, then man should. I have yet to see the first pastor who was perfect.
---denna7667 on 9/10/07

Hi Chip, since this happened before you were born again christians and you confessed and truly repented, and recieved the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then your sins are forgiven and you are a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away and all things are new. So if you have a strong Godly conviction that God is calling you to be a Pastor, I would say Pray and be sure that this is what God wants for you. You will know.
---Cynthia on 9/9/07

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There were murderers, adulterers, liars, those who denied, and many other sinners who became kings, priests, apostles, and disciples. Although your past may be something that may cause a bit of difficulty, there is no reason why you can't be in leadership.
---john on 9/9/07

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