Today’s blog post isn’t about being judgmental, but about being realistic. A couple of days ago I reposted a blog by David Miller about divorced men being deacons and/or pastors in a church. The response (though not publicly) was amazing with the amount of “hits” and private comments I received. Through your thoughts and comments it really got me to thinking about something, what if the church is wrong? What if the men who make up a deacon board are wrong in their thinking and belief? Are they being unbiblical and will they be judged?
Now that is a lot of questions, but that is how my brain works….LOL! I can’t answer all those questions, but I think we all know someone who eventually will, Jesus!
The Bible is very clear as David pointed out, we should neither add nor take away anything from God’s Holy Word. This and of itself would be a direct sin against Jesus. Let’s look back at what David wrote:
“In 1 Corinthians 4:6, Paul warned the people not to “go beyond what is written.” Jesus rebuked the religious leaders and Paul warned the Galatians about those who added human rules to God’s Word. If “husband of one wife” does not refer to divorce, then those who have issued a blanket prohibition of service by divorced men have gone imposed human rules on God’s Word and that is no small matter. Look at Revelation 22:18-19 where John gives this warning about the prophecies he has written.“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”Severe penalties attach to either adding to or taking away from the words of the prophecy. Perhaps that warning is specific to the Revelation, but the principle is instructive for us. It would be deeply damaging to the Body of Christ to allow divorced men to serve in leadership positions if the Scriptures prohibit it. But it would be just as serious a sin to prevent men from serving without biblical warrant. It is not acceptable to either take away from the teachings of scripture or to add to them.”
So out of the many hours of study (not just this article but multitudes) on this subject and looking back at what David wrote about the subject, it looks pretty clear to me that addition is just as damaging as omission. I think the church focuses so much on the words themselves but not the true meaning, they get caught up in the tradition of the words and not what the words really say. I know after speaking with so many of the “old time” deacons that they feel like they would be judged, by man and God, if they ever voted to allow a divorced man to become a deacon. Yet every one of them admitted that they have given no thought to if they would be judged by God for not allowing a man; well until I pointed it out to them! Could deacons everywhere who adamantly vote against divorced men becoming deacons one day be judged for adding too God’s Holy Word? I don’t know, but one thing is clear, most haven’t given it a second thought and maybe they should! Adding to His Holy Word is just as much a sin as omitting His word! Just thoughts and my two cents worth!