O.K., I know I’m treading into dangerous waters with this subject, but I’m looking for honest, non-condeming feedback. I’m a member of a Southern Baptist church that has just ordained two men who much earlier in their life divorced. Much earlier meaning more than 20 years ago. A large majority of the members do not have a problem with us ordaining these men. However, several of the senior adults are adamantly opposed to this.
So, I ask this question, does divorce disqualify a man from being ordained as a deacon? Bear in mind, according to 1 Timothy 3:12, the scripture that most churches use to qualify this states, “A deacon must be the husband of but one wife”. It does not say a deacon must not have been divorced. This could mean divorce, it could be a reference to polygamy (which occurred during the Paul wrote the book of Timothy), or it could mean that a man must only have one wife at a time.
I would like to hear what others think, so leave me a comment and let me know. I will approve all comments made on this posting as long as they are not belligerent comments.