5 - Open rebuke is better than secret love
6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
19 - Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
20 - Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear
9 - He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
10 - Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in posession.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 - THIS is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 - Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 - One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 - (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 - Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 - Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:8
8 - Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 - Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10 - And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 - Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 - Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
I have to say, that I am disappointed that people seemed to almost completely ignore what I wrote in my previous post.
Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, and there are many things written in the Bible that ARE left open for interpretation.
HOWEVER, when it comes to the office of both a pastor AND deacon, I believe that it is pretty-well set in stone.
We as brothers and sisters in Christ need to take a step back, and realize that EVERY word that we say in OPINION that may offend another sibling in Christ IS SIN!
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
When we get caught up in what Bible version is the 'right' one, what denomination is the 'right' one, etc; We will lose sight of the Truth. Which is that Jesus died for ALL mankind!
He was no respecter of persons
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
We should never make accusations nor ASSUME that we know a persons entire story,
Pastors are human... JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!They have just as much of a sin-nature as ANY one of us.
Even the apostle Paul (who was never married) battled with the flesh.
18 - For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 - For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
To put someone other than God on a pedestal is wrong, if you are going to believe the Bible...You MUST believe ALL parts of it, not just the ones that might agree with your situation.
If you believe that God is telling you something (either in your heart or over a pulpit/teachers' desk) , IT WILL NOT CONTRADICT ANY PART OF THE BIBLE!!!