An Unnecessary Comment

Big news afoot today in the American evangelical church. And while the Top Men (TM) are surely going to weigh in appropriately with expected levels of nuance, I just want to point out an odd disconnect in the proceedings. I’ll do so in the form of two quotes:

Quote 1–from a review board of similarly Top Men (TM), concerning a notable pastor:

“We concluded that [Notable Pastor] has, at times, been guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner. While we believe [N.P.] needs to continue to address these areas in his life and leadership, we do not believe him to be disqualified from pastoral ministry.”

Quote 2–from a somewhat-more-notable Turkish-Jew tent-maker:

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.  Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable,hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

One of these things doesn’t fit with the other. So which one is right? Depends on whose word has the most authority, I suppose.

Better let the Top Men sort that one out, too.

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