(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 36: Who Is Qualified To Be An Elder?
Peace be unto you. Why do most contemporary churches have an organizational structure that conflicts with the Bible?
“At the passing of the Apostles and the completion of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) the church had been established. Although the Dark Ages and the great Roman affront to true Christianity mounted it failed. So did the reformation. But the Bible was picked up in pieces and personal doctrines came upon the lips hearts and minds of the various denominations and factions that arose from the assault on Babylon. However there is only one doctrine, there is only one rule of Law. The true message stands it will never pass away.”
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 7 July 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Brethren the Apostle Paul was inspired to reveal to the church how the Lord wanted the church to be established. However many come to deny not Paul but God and the Savior. As this relates to our discussion we see that the leadership structure in most churches is man-made and uplift man and not God.
Elders are distinctly different from those called upon to preach. Although Elders are to also be able to preach they have a major responsibility as the administrators of the church. So how did the various contemporary churches give this responsibility to a one man (Preacher)?
In the Book of Titus the Apostle Paul writes to his beloved son /Titus concerning the order of the church on the island of Crete. As we bring the 1st chapter of Titus up for review again we see that Elder (s) is willed by God to be appointed for each church. This was noted in our previous discussion when we reviewed verses 1-5.
Now we will note what the Bible says about the qualifications for these men.
Titus 1: 6: “If any be blameless the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.”
In verses 6-9 Paul explains to Titus the qualifications for the Elders/Bishops/Overseers. At I Timothy 3:2 wee see where Paul also notes the teaching that is rendered at Titus 1: 6. It would be impossible for one in the flesh to be blameless and free from sin. Blameless here has reference to the position a man has among men. Therefore this character is not questioned. These qualifications are a must, therefore no one can be scripturally appointed as Elders/Bishops/Overseers and not have them. This man also must be married at the time of his appointment.
The Elders children must also be faithful in that they respect their father. Thus faithful children here relates to controlled children as noted in I Timothy 3: 4, 12. Therefore these children believe in and are faithful to their father, regardless of membership in the church. Riot are unruly behavior is not allowed, this behavior is not subject to control. The Elder cannot be blamed for a son not being a member of the church. But he does have the responsibility to control the conduct noted in the above.
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