Bible Discussion Thread

  • Terri on 1 Timothy 1
    Can an unmarried man become a decon?
  • Giannis - in Reply on 1 Timothy 1
    Dear Terri

    As far as I am concerned my opinion is that it is clear that elders as well as deacons must be married. It is also written that they must be one wife's husband, that is not remarried. Also their children must be in faith as well. The scriptures is clear about them been able to govern their house so to be able to minister the church. There are other ministries given by God that do not require a person to be married, like apostles, evangelists, teachers... But for elders and deacons it is a must according to the written Will of God. As I see it ...

  • Dav47 - in Reply on 1 Timothy 1
    Paul was unmarried and so many more prophets and early teachers. Would you not allow CHRIST in as a deacon? HE was never married. Would you not allow Paul who wrote majority of NT not in as a deacon? You sure would lose out some great men who GOD had chosen to serve.
  • Giannis - in Reply on 1 Timothy 1
    Dear Dav

    Do you think that if a church at that time asked Paul to be an elder or deacon he would accept it, despite asking Timothy not to do so? He would contradict his own words? I don't think so. And Jesus doing differently by what His Spirit inspired Paul to right? Again I don't think so.

    As I wrote in my post there are ministries that one doesn't have to be married to serve God. But a pastor who is the head of elders, the elders and the deacons are required to be married by the written Word of God. Anyway that is my opinion... GBU
  • Adam - in Reply on 1 Timothy 1
    Hi Terri, I concur with Chris and would like to add this verse that Paul was unmarried, wrote many books of the Bible, and was one of the most effective Christian evangelists in history. It certainly wasn't an obstacle for serving the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:8
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Timothy 1
    Hello Terri. The Scripture that speaks of what you're asking is in 1 Timothy 3:12: "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."

    I understand that this verse does not necessarily imply that deacons (as with elders) must be married. Rather, that to hold such offices in the Church there should be no evidence of any polygamy or having been in a divorce, that his marriage & devotion must only be towards his wife & none else. Of course, marriage was the preferred state to be in (for various reasons in such a ministry), but being single should not disqualify a deacon from holding that office.

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