Lately we have looked at quiet a few different subjects and what God has to say on each one. Has any made you give though to yourself, what you have believed? Like all the others there is a reason I write on all those we have looked at. The reason?

Recently, I ran into a problem in God’s Word that I could not find the answer to, so I e-mailed my Pastor. He responded showing me something, although I had read it many times, I had not “seen.”

It is to aid us to realize that sometimes what we thought/think isn’t what the Bible actually states. Sometimes, I believe, the problem is, most think- wait you are NO one, I am such and such in the church. You don’t have a right to question what I know!

Does it bother you when a (person in authority) preacher points to something, you believed to be different? Well I know some do, but most of us don’t if we desire to be in God’s will, we will take it to heart and “hopefully” have it change what is incorrect in our thinking! But what if it’s a janitor, floor sweeper and we are the (person in authority) preacher or else someone of “respect”?

Are we open minded and willing to ask- Is what I have been told correct? Or do we automatically shut down what is being said without giving any thought to it? Remember the one I wrote about Labeling people? Had a good friend once ask me if his great learning (no he didn’t it that way but it was what he meant) would mean he would know more than I?

My answer: It all depends why you study, is it to prove something you already believe or is it to find the truth even if is NOT what you already believed? See that is the problem with most of us, we are seeking supportive Scripture of what we already believe!

Recently a couple friends of mine and myself were eating lunch together and during that time we got into different subjects. One was about who was disqualified from being a Deacon in the church according to the Bible. One was mostly listening while the other was disagreeing with my beliefs.

Paul was the one to write the requirements to be a Deacon, so lets look at what he said:

1 Timothy 3: 8-13 (NIV) In the same way deacons are to be worthy of respect sincere not indulging in much wine and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested and then if there is nothing against them then let them serve as deacons. In the same way the women are to be worthy of respect not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon is to be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance of their faith in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:12 (KJV) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife ruling their children and their own households well.

1 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) Let deacons each be the husband of one wife managing their children and their households well.

1 Timothy 3:12 (WYC) Deacons be [they] husbands of one wife which govern well their sons and their houses.

1 Timothy 3:12 (YLT) Ministrants– let them be of one wife husbands the children leading well and their own houses.

Calvin, why did you keep repeating yourself? LOL As you will note I put the verse we will be looking at in (5) five different versions of the Bible as some like to ask well what about this or that version- what does it say? The last one I wrote is the Young’s Literal Translation, it is the one quoted closer to the Greek, which states a “one woman man,” as any of the rest but not as easily read in English.

If you notice each and every one, including the Greek, states that a deacon will have one wife, no matter how you turn this statement it is very clear- he is to have (1) one wife. So why would he state that as a requirement of a deacon? Because in that day and in some countries in that same area today, it is common to have more than one wife.

There nothing about being divorced although many decide that was what Paul was saying, guess if your wife left you then you can’t be a deacon but if before you came to Christ you was a burglar, murderer, rapist, child molester, ANYTHING, it was fine just step right into the position as Deacon!

I think that is when common sense is thrown to the wind and things are added to God’s Word that He did not intend! By the way, according to Paul’s writing as to the rules- He was in violation of his own words as he was a preacher-preaching single men could not be preachers or deacons, since he was single!

See what I mean about common sense? This man that was disagreeing with me at one point said a divorced man couldn’t because he was now single and Paul would not allow a single man be a deacon. (He had to back step) Paul was not saying a single man nor divorced man could not be a deacon!

So if this is true, why would he limit a man to having one wife?

1st Cor. 7: 32-35 & 38, I would like you to be free of concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs- how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of the world- how he can please his wife- and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is devoted to the Lord both in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of the world- how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in the right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

(38) So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.

 

It is pretty clear Paul is concerned, not about whether someone marries or not, but that married people have less time for the Lord! With that in mind would it not be pretty clear if a man had more than one wife he would not be able to perform the duties of deacon?

The Bible is not confusing or difficult, but we have a tendency to make it that way with all “we” do in “explaining” what it states when it is so clearly written. 🙂

Remember Jesus had a hard time with so many that wanted to add to what God had said so clearly in the past!

So why is it that people add divorced into that equation? People for years have been taught many things that came from the minds of the teachers not from God’s Word. But because they were taught by LEARNED men it is hard to hear a lesser person. I told a very learned man once, who had a Doctorate in Greek- his learning had gotten in the way of his listening!

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