What does the "husband of one wife" phrase in 1 Timothy 3:2 mean? Can a divorced man serve as a pastor, elder, or deacon?


1 Timothy 3:2

ESV - 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach.

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1579618464 Emmanuel Antwi DWUMA

Thanks for your important question. The fact that the Scriptures give the criteria for ones qualifications as "the husband of one wife" indicates that there were polygamists in the church at that time, and in order to prevent them from taking Eldership/ Pastoral position, this criteria was put in place.

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