(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 37: Elders Must Be Good Stewards
Peace be unto you. Beloved may the grace and mercy of our Father and His son our Savior Christ Jesus be with you. We also hail the Holy Spirit that comforts the righteous in times of trouble and peace.
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 8 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 just how can those that come claiming to be God’s preachers love and covet money? We thank God for the Truth of the Bible. Therefore we pray for those who do not read the Bible and blindly follow the multitude of false prophets that litter God’s green earth.
We continue our discussion taken from Titus the 1st Chapter on the qualifications of Elders. We resume with the verse 7.
Titus 1: 7: “For a bishop must be blameless as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;”
Blameless again means one of good character. However the Apostle Paul called the Elders/Bishops stewards of God. A steward was in charge of the affairs of others. For example they have charge of the flock of God. Therefore a steward should be faithful and honest in the administration of his employee’s property. For the record it is the divine will of God that the primary minister/teacher/preacher of the church to leave certain duties to the Elders. These duties include the financial affairs of the church. Therefore Preachers should preach/teach and leave the administrative duties of the church to the Elders.
Meanwhile Paul reveals qualities that an Elder must not have. He must not be self-willed and selfish. He must not abuse alcohol. He must not be a striker. Therefore he must hold his composure and not resort to physical assaults when he is opposed.
The last negative quality is often seen among the contemporary preachers who have taken on the role and duties of the Elders. “Given to filthy lucre.” This means a Preacher who not only covets money, but one who is willing to get money by any means. This means any way, right or wrong.
For example the Preacher and treasurer at the church where my sister is a member (Orchard Knob MBC, Chattanooga, TN) borrowed some slides she brought back from the Holy Land. They borrowed them allegedly to make a copy. However they kept the slides for two years. From all indications they marketed the slides in some way. But they repeatedly refused her request to return them until she reported this crime to her company and legal staff. (Also see I Corinthians 4: 1-2 and I Timothy 3: 2-3)
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