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    1 Timothy 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    Bishops and deacons must hold the mystery to be qualified in the church of God. They must know, preach, and teach the mystery that was hid in God, and revealed to Paul (Ephesians 3:1-7 Colossians 1:26 Romans 16:25-26).

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    I'm sure you know that Apostle Paul gave them other requirements also.

    Qualifications for Overseers


    1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."

    Qualifications for Deacon.

    "8Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bradley D View Post
      I'm sure you know that Apostle Paul gave them other requirements also.

      Qualifications for Overseers


      1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."

      Qualifications for Deacon.

      "8Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus."
      Yes, I was only commenting on one verse it was not exhaustive.

      If a bishop or deacon does not acknowledge the mystery of the gospel and doctrine revealed to Paul, they are not qualified.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DougE View Post
        WHO CAN BE A BISHOP OR DEACON

        Any man who has hands laid on him by authentic successors of the apostles.


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