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New Question & Answer added to:
Q. Does 1 Tim.3 teach that deacons/pastors/bishops/ministers must be married, and must not practice polygamy?
A. No, these verses do NOT teach that a leader/pastor/deacon/bishop must be married or not practice polygamy.
Who wrote these verses? Paul did. Yet he was single. See 1 Cor.7:7 where Paul is teaching that his recommendation is that men remain single as he was, because single men could focus on the ministry better, instead of being distracted by wives. So it would not make any sense for Paul who is single and recommends that ministers be single, would command that ministers be married. Also, Timothy was also single. So it's impossible for Paul to be commanding or recommending that leaders be married.
The context of 1 Tim.3 is that leaders/ministers should be the type/kind of men who are GOOD men, who IF they are married, that they would be able to maintain their marriage and not be the type/kind of man who is constantly getting a divorce and remarried over and over.
If Paul meant that leaders must be married, he would have explained WHY leaders must be married, but he didn't. If Paul meant that leaders must not practice polygamy, he would have explained why, but he did not do so. Instead, he meant that men should not be the type of person to argue, fight & get divorced. He explained that leaders should not be brawlers (trouble makers) & should be good leaders. Being single or practicing polygamy has nothing to do with the context. The context is very clear that it's saying that the men should be good men, not bad men.
The Greek word for "one" in 1 Tim.3:12 can be translated as "first" and is sometimes translated as such. The correct translation must be determined by the context. Since the context has nothing to do with polygamy, then it's wrong to translate it as "one". The context demands that it be translated as "first", meaning that the man should still be married to the first woman that he married instead of being a man who is wrongfully divorced over and over.
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