by Rev. Ted Brooks
Sex, Morality and Prostestant Minister. What
Sexual Standard Should the Clergy> Obey?
The God of Israel said "The rock
of Israel spoke to me. He who ruleth
over man must be just, ruling in the
fear of God.
He shall be as the light of the
morning when the sun riseth, even a
morning without clouds. As the tender
grass springing out of the earth by
clear shining after rain. II Samuel
This a true saying: if a man desire
the office of a bishop (minister) he
desireth a good work.
A bishop or minister must be
blameless, husband of one wife,
vigilent, sober, of good behavior,
given to hospitality, apt to teach. I
These are the standards which God
has set forth. You may not approve,
nevertheless, they a re God's standards.
Brother Paul describes the
qualifications of pastors.
First, he must have a desire. In this
desire. Brother Paul is saying you
will need a longing for God. Be as
David cried, "my soul thirsteth for
God, not just any God but for the
living God, my soul longs for that
water brooks, my soul is after thee."
The second thing Paul brings up as
a standard is good works. Sitting
around where folks gather to drink
coffee and to discuss politics are not
The third standards Brother Paul
brings us is (Bishops) Pastors, St.
John 1:6 tells us there was a man sent
from God. I still believe God sends
men out, but because of politics in the
church, folks don't pray for God to
send them a preacher. They get in a
back room and pull names saying, we
want a careful preacher. In other
words, someone who won't go against
the grain. What they ought to be doing
is praying for a carefree preacher.
One who is at liberty with God. One
whose soul is on blaze for the presence
of God. \
Then Brother Haul declared, he
must be blameless. Brother Paul is
giving a strong command regarding a
bishop. He is saying this is an obligation.
It is a necessity on the he pan of
the church that the standard of a minister
be blameless. Instead of ha\ ing
his feet on the floor of this world
calling himself dancing, he needs to
be on his knees praying.
Having been-found to be blameless
unto God has promised to confirm
unto the end. he swings the podium
around completely by saying
"Husband, love your wife even as
Christ also loved the church and ga\ c
hi"nu! f for it." Brother Paul is say ing
:i you have a desire to follow me
above all others, and you really want
this space, and you have good works
and have been found blameless and
you are a husband that will give himself
for his wife as Christ gave himself
for the church, then you are qualified
to me a Bishop. Christ said. "I purchased
the church with my own
blood." Acts 20:28.
Brother Paul is simply saying, mu
ministers are husbands, man and wife
not separated and divorced, but together.
Brother Paul here declares
that a husband is partner in a marriage,
a soUnd person who is wise.
One who pays close attention, with a
view of anticipation when danger
makes its approach. He is one who is
alert and sober and not drunk. These
my friend are some of God's stan-.
dards for his' ministers. If your pastor
does not carry these standards, he is
not God's minister.
There is a lot of talk on television,
radio and in the local churches. Folks
are saying, "Lord,, Example Lord
bless. Lord go with you, Lord loves
you. Jesus said " Many would say
Lord, Lord, but shall not enter the
kingdom". Jesus made it plain that
not every one is going to enter his
kingdom. This is a solemn scripture
in Matthew 7 :21.
. Jesus is saying that talk is useless
utiles* u is accompanied b> action,
friend . W e are now liv ing in a world
when talk is cheap. There was a lot of
talk going on as Jesus observed here,
they speak of their sermons which
the* did in his name.
A Careful Preacher want tell >ou.
I his but Jesus declare at the Judgement
seat. " I never knew sou" think
about it. millions and millions will be
expecting words of kindness, saving
" F.nter in" thev will be disappointed.
If there is sin in thcheart, >ou nor 1
will make it. You may think this is
aw ful straight but to us w hat the Bible
sav > God will not over-look sin, no
matter who commit it. He is no reNp(.i
i of persons.
I et me close by saying this, there
aie millions being led astray. Last
week in The Robesonian, the Headline
stated " Minister's Wife Admits
Arson". She had learned from her
husband who "claimed" to be a
preacher was cheating on he she got
angry and tired not burn down the
house of her husband's girlfriend.
When she was questioned more
closely she said" I was drinking". My
friend does this sound like the qualilicationofCiod
Minister? This Pastor
is still the shepherd if 8 1/2 millon
You may feel trapped beneath the
ice and y ou need a breathe of fresh
air. You have found that no one car
live by grace without guidance. You
want cd to be free from all responsibility,
to be unshakeable from the
weight which can get you down. You
now realize it was sin in God's eyes, to
strike out on your own. You were
permitted to fulfill some of your
Now it is like a dust collection in
the mind, that comtpt life style you
got when you thought you would get
something more effecting. Now has
left you feeling frustrated and bored.
Ifyou really want to be carefUl again
here's the remedy found in 2 Cor. 7:
10 God sorrowly worketh repentance
to Salvation. David found his Godly
sorrow when he cried " I have sinned"
Ifyou fail to acknowledge sin and
still cp* " Lord. Lord" even prophesied
in her home. I even do wonderful
works. Pale declared that sofrows
ifthe world worketh till death, I never
Next week: Difference between a
careful preacher and a carefree
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