Staff's ROD

Staff's ROD #22, Biblical Data for Elder Quals

Our 10th emphatic belief states "that the Bible provides clear but strict rules for identifying and ordaining church leaders (married men with children in subjection; no women pastors, teachers or deacons)".  This week, we simply supply the Biblical data behind this strong stance, which is increasingly at odds with common church practices these days.

 

Quals per Tit. 1:6-9

Quals per 1Tim. 3:1-7

Reasons Given

Blameless (twice)

Blameless

As the steward of God

Husband of one wife

Husband of one wife

 

 

One that ruleth well his own house

 

Having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly

Having his children in subjection with all gravity

For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

Not selfwilled

 

 

Not soon angry

 

 

 

Patient

 

Not given to wine

Not given to wine

 

No striker

No striker

 

 

Not a brawler

 

Not given to filthy lucre

Not greedy of filthy lucre

 

 

Not covetous

 

A lover of hospitality

Given to hospitality

 

A lover of good men

 

 

Sober

Sober

 

Just, Holy

 

 

Temperate

Vigilant (Temperate); of good behavior

 

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught

Apt to teach

That he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

Not a novice

Lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil

 

Must have a good report of them which are without

Lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil

 

wives must be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things

 

Legend: Black = 1 mention, Red = 2 or more mentions given, Yellow Highlight = Reason given, Bold italic = Several of these!