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Should a Christian woman have to step down from leadership of a christian educator's support group if she is separated from from husband. This is not a church ministry.

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 ---Teresa on 2/16/08
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Many answers seem to assume she is a mother.

Bob seems to be making some sort of attack on her morality, but maybe not, as it is difficult to see just what he is on about
---alan_of_UK on 3/1/08

I hope nobody assumes that this lady is the one who opted out of the marriage. It takes two to make a marriage, and if the other one breaks the contract, it's over. Unless you decide to forgive the other one. I see no problem in her doing whatever she is called by God to do, despite whoever tries to obstruct her.
---frances008 on 2/29/08

If you're asking, then there must be an element of doubt. When in doubt, pray it out.
If you were a pastor, I would say yes, step down. A club or this type of an organization is not the same as being the pastor over a congregation.
---Cindy on 2/29/08

If you are looking for perfect people you need to go on to heaven. Leave her alone.
---catherine on 2/29/08

This post borders on GOSSIP. I agree with Pharisee as well. Also, mind your own business on this one. It is a support group, not a teaching ministry. Are you in her support group? Is she impacting your life in some way?
---trish9863 on 2/18/08

Bob, you seem to be assuming that the questioner is asking about a woman who's behaviour has been the cause of the separation. We do not know this because we are given no details. We do not know if the questioner is the woman referred to and she certainly doesn't say anything about 'running around on their mate'. We should be answering questions here as they are given to us - not assuming that there is a bigger, more sinister agenda. He could be beating her black and blue for all we know.
---RitaH on 2/18/08

Mima, this is not a ministry position but since you've included that, I believe anyone that's running around on their mate has no business teaching to a flea.
The bigger they are the harder they fall, especially when it comes to God's business.
You can argue until the cows come home, but God has His eye on evil doers in the ministry.
---Bob on 2/17/08

It really is big and rich, clinging to OT traditions, screaming loudly that God demands tradition be followed. Next breath, screaming like a scalded cat that NT verses are too legalistic for ministers.
It's that mixture that defiles the entire bunch. Adulterous ministers, adulterous wives preaching the goodness of God, how lenient God is towards their sins. God has His eye on them, He knows those leading others into the ditch. God thoughts/ways are much higher, He's not legalistic, but God is Just.
---Bob on 2/17/08

You're right, there is something big afoot.

It is the thundering sound of horses.
---Bob on 2/17/08

After writing to vince, I received a Bigfoot foot stomping warning for the adulterous ministers last night. It's very similar to the one I received months ago for the POW's of PW.
The boom is going to lower, a wrecking ball and not the dance kind of ball. The dance is over. Repent or see your dirty laundry being aired out on the clothesline.
Forget your prayer requests for your "lovers", the one you love.
Repent or your high tower of babble is coming down.
---Bob on 2/17/08

I also received a personal warning, not to address this particular adulterous ministry again. God has the situation at hand. There has been a person after person that has tried to serve you papers of repentance and truth, but now the time has come for you to repent or God will serve you with papers.
---Bob on 2/17/08

No she shouldn't need to step down. Unless she was the cause of the separation. If she is the cause, then yes she shouldn't be leading anything in church.
---Rebecca_D on 2/17/08

I strongly agree with---Pharisee's answer to this question. "Sure and while were at it, let's make sure all pastors who cannot live up to being blameless step down as well...this is LEGALISM when redemption and restoration are the work of God's Spirit."
---Mima on 2/17/08

All the things mentioned below regarding the welfare of this lady's children would be exactly the same if she were a widow rather than a separated wife - wouldn't they? I suspect that Teresa is asking about this as a moral issue, not child welfare, and (if I'm correct on that) wouldn't the issue be exactly the same for a separated man in a leadership role?
---RitaH on 2/17/08

If a Christian is doing it then it is a church ministry. The people are the church so whatever the people do is what the church is doing. If this lady is not accountable to leadership in an assembly then I guess she can do what she wants but we lead by example so it would be better to step down depending on why she is separated from her husband. Maybe he ran off with another woman so she shouldn't have to step down in that case. It does depend on why she is separated.
---john on 2/17/08

If you don't practice what you preach at the meetings with your own children, yes.

The children are the priority, when you're separated. They didn't ask to be placed in that situation, anything that takes away from your quality time with them, needs to be looked at. When they're grown and gone, you will not have a second chance at reprioritizing.
---Bob on 2/16/08

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That decision should be the responsibility of the board of the Christian educator's support group (if they have one). Sometimes people need to step down from their leadership positions in order to concentrate more on their marriage.
---Susie on 2/16/08

If the mother spends her entire day blogging and ignores her children, yes.
If the mother is neglecting her children's needs, deprioritizing the children, yes.
If the mother has too many irons in the fire and forgets the most important reason for homeschooling - the children, yes.
If the mother enjoys the attention from the support group more than giving attention to the most important job she'll ever have - being a mother, yes.
---Bob on 2/16/08

Sure and while were at it, let's make sure all pastors who cannot live up to being blameless step down as well...this is legalism, when redemption and restoration are the work of God's Spirit.

2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.
Is it true of her or not, if not she had no place to begin.
---Pharisee on 2/16/08

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