From Pastor Perry

05/28/2015 1 Timothy 3:1-7

1 Timothy 3:1–7 (ESV)
Qualifications for Overseers
3 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Today’s reading, like yesterday’s, opens up a can of worms.  I remember a couple of weeks ago, I was in the kitchen working while barefooted, and I dropped a glass.  It shattered and glass was all over the floor.  I was fine where I was, but I was trapped and was afraid to take a step in ANY direction.  My first step to get out of the kitchen is the fact that the scriptures state “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife...”  An overseer is a pastor.  This passage makes it clear that a pastor must be a husband of one wife, not a wife with one husband.  This is also found in the book of Titus.  Paul makes no provisions for women serving as pastors.  This is what the Bible says and my feet are bleeding all over the place.  I must honor God’s Word and not disregard it.  Let’s not get bogged down on the issue of women’s ordination, because women are invaluable to the church and often are the backbone.  I’m not a male chauvinist, just trying to adhere to God’s Word... and I’m not ashamed of it... I just realize that this is a sticky area with a lot of people.  Let’s slowly read the rest.  The Bible states that he must be “sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”

I pray: O Lord, help me to be guided and directed by your Holy Word.  Help me to not let the ways of the world to bend your Word.  I pray that all men in the ministry take your Word seriously when they read all of this passage.  Amen.

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