Question of the day: divorce and remarriage.

So what does the Bible really say…?

The Bible discusses the qualifications required for pastors/deacons in I Timothy 3 and also in Titus 1 – so feel free to study up on that before you answer today’s QOTD.

Use Scripture to back your opinions. Please. and thank you.

Here’s this week’s QOTD…

What is your stand on divorce and remarriage of a pastor or his wife?

What if the pastor divorces his wife, and then laters re-marries her again — does he still qualify to pastor a church?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Posted on November 26, 2012, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Heather,

    I believe the answer to your questions are not simple, cut-and-dried “yes” or “no’s.” So, if you don’t mind, I will attach a post I wrote on this very subject. Ultimately, I believe that divorce should not always be an automatic disqualifier. The key issue is the character and reputation of the individual.
    http://therecoveringlegalist.com/2010/09/23/does-divorce-disqualify/

  2. There are 3 major interpretations of “husband of one wife”

    a) Not a polygamist
    b) Not divorced / not remarried
    c) Sexually faithful

    All of them have pretty good support. The text is just a bit vague but I think (c) has the best support. Mainly I tend to go with (c) since most of this is about questions of immediate character, so for example 1Tim 3:2 reads,Our leader, therefore, or bishop, must be above reproach, faithful to his one wife, sober, temperate, courteous, hospitable, and a good teacher;“. If a person isn’t sober they can become sober they can’t be unremarried. It runs against the entire vein of Christianity to look upon past acts as a permanent bar to Christian ministry or being a pastor. Even if remarriage were sinful, is the cross to weak to overcome this sin?

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