Even knowing that every Christian sins, and has fallen short, and will continue to fall sort. The standards for Elders and Pastors are so much higher. As most of you already know, the qualifications to be an Elder or Pastor are defined in Titus 1:5-9, 1 Tim. 3:1-7 & 1 Peter 5:1-4. But these are not just standards to ‘get them into office,’ they are to be revered and obeyed to ‘remain in office.’
But what I am seeing a couple Elders do on Facebook and YouTube is troubling. Unless they repent from their quarreling, they have disqualified themselves from that office. Just verse 3 alone of 1 Timothy 3 is a good place to start. But don’t just look at it, study the Greek. Oh yes, there’s a fine line between being the Jude 3 ‘contender for the faith,’ and the one that comments in a contentious quarrelsome manner. Though it is my personal policy to strive to not argue in comments. I have no doubt that if I were an Elder, the first thing I’d do, is deactivate my Facebook account.
But don’t just look at these words in this verse (1 Tim 3:3), again STUDY the Greek! Then either repent, or step down!
ESV ‘not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.’
KJV ‘not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;’
NASB ‘not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;’
If you don’t have the proper study resources in your library, you can begin via the below online link.
A side note: Though it’s important to “understand” the Text (WWUTT). But the problem is some denominations add to the Text with their own ‘extra-biblical’ requirements. Let’s keep it Biblical.