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Can a divorced man be a pastor?

Submitted: 11/30/2009
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Question: I'm not of the Apostolic faith, but recently met a gentlemen who is of the Apostolic faith. He has been married and divorced six times. Should he be called an elder? Is this too many times to be married/divorced in the Apostolic faith?

Answer: We do not know the details of this man's life. For example, was he divorced before he was born again? Did his wives abandon him or commit adultery? In general, we would say that this man could not qualify to serve as a pastor/elder/overseer. Even if all of his divorces took place before he was saved, his record of failure is so profound that it would be nearly impossible to gain sufficient credibility with the people, which is a vital component of all spiritual leadership.