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From the Elder and state Pastor : The Old Church of God of the New Covenant.
1Cor. 1:2- Gal. 1:13- Eph. 2:15-21- Jer. 31:31- Heb. 8:1-13.
Remember that God first saves the soul of a human, and then the body at the end of this human life, and when Jesus comes for His, it will be Humans and not a building we call church but the saved person is His church, and the earth will give birth and the dead will come up and the saved soul will return with Him, to received this body, and the flesh will be changed in the air 1 Thess. 4:17
The saved person is a person who has their soul saved but they are still in the body as a flesh and blood human, and still can sin and sin will do just what it has always done and that is take any one from God. but God has made away for the flesh and He has continued repentance for the flesh time on earth and all the way until death, but has rules, standeres, for those who He calls as the clergy.
God has not changed the rules for His clergy. He does not have a priesthood anymore under the New Covenant, He already told us He would do the calling under the all Christian all New Covenant that this world already has been given to us all, as said in Jer. 3:15-16- and Rom. 10:14-16.

This does mean that He has rules for the person He calls, Men who have been removed in the eyes of God from the clergy, will change what God says into what makes them look great, a fallen person will seek a fallen person to place at their

The biblical qualifications of a pastor also called the clergy are the same today as it was when God gave this office to the new covenant people who are saved and unsaved.

This world has the New Covenant even if it will not live under it.
Mankind has already been redeemed from the fall of Adam and Eve and the Jesus of the scriptures did that already.
God has already sent an all New Covenant, and fulfilled the Old One.
No person can be saved through themselves, so we have the one Savior who is Jesus.
There is no such thing as a man, or clergy, who is the police over salvation.

They are outlined in two primary New Testament passages, as to who God says can be ordained to the clergy, 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus1:5–9. There are three terms used interchangeably in the New Testament to refer to the highest office in a church: elder, overseer, and pastor (which means “shepherd”) all refer to the same office.

All those ordained into this office are to be called, and God approved through His word the scriptures. God calls all ordained people servants, not the boss, or Lord’s.

Why do we believe it if God says it in the scriptures?

• God’s Word gives us life (Phil. 2:16).
• God’s Word can make us righteous (1 Cor. 15:1, 2).
• God’s Word can produce growth (1 Pet. 2:2).
• God’s Word sanctifies us (John 17:7).
• God’s Word gives us wisdom (Ps. 119:98).

Servants Just like the ministry of Jesus. The New Testament account reveals that Jesus did five things:
(1) Jesus built His relationship with His Father, so a ministry obeys God and follows what He says. Call out themselves first, and then they can call out others.
(2) He preached the gospel of the kingdom of God, so whatever He says is the way we Preach Him as the savior, Him as the way.
(3) He met the needs of people, so the Elders Clergy are servants to others not the boss over them.
(4) He made disciples through the power of the Spirit, when God calls He saves, not the clergy as the savior.
(5) He gave His life as a sacrifice.

These are the keys to true biblical ministry as the human lives in the flesh, just as it matters what each one of us do in this life, so does it matter what the clergy does and God sets the rules for them.. the answer is Yes.

The reason God has this is even if someone has a bad marriage they can be saved, but He has it where the clergy cannot have more than one living mate, and can’t marry someone who has another living mate.

Human marriages are as He says like Christ to the church, and if the clergy can do as God says, then no one would have to do anything, and could do anything.

It is an honorable thing to refuse to attend a church where the clergy has more than one living mate.

That said, the weight upon the Christian to maintain a healthy marriage is very clear. We live in a tragic time of "throw away" marriages - both outside and inside the church.
With the exception of adultery on behalf of a mate or living a terror filled life with a mate that is physically abusive and thus dangerous to live with we have absolutely NO reason to seek a divorce.
If a spouse leaves and refuses to reconcile, the sin is on the one leaving and the one "put away" is free. But the Christian must commit to every measure possible to save a marriage.
If we instigate a divorce outside of those parameters we are then facing disqualification from Christian service and we live in sin. This speaks to a great percentage of the divorces among Christians today. Excuses like, "we've grown apart" and ``I just don't love him/her anymore" have caused countless Christians to break up homes and thus ruin lives.

A divorce BEFORE one is saved is a sin, just as cursing, pornography and every other sin that a person may have committed. The key here is that it is a sin committed BEFORE one's is saved from the past sins.

Marital Status Matters, God does not let His rules be changed so one pastor can get his way, and do as he pleases.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Isaiah 5:20-21

No person can stay in the office of the clergy or be ordained into that office if they have more than one living mate.

All Christians wage war against his own flesh (Gal 5:17), the world (1 John 2:15), and the devil (Eph. 6:12). But in the office of the clergy God will not let a person be the clergy if they have had more than one mate, or married to someone who has more than one living mate.
God made this rule and any church people who sit under such a pastor are not in good standing with God.
According to 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6, a pastor must be Female or male and faithfully married to one wife; however, some denominations allow female pastors to serve regardless of their marital status.
Others actually allow both men and women to serve in these roles even though they may be, or have been, divorced. But God has no such person who is not under the rules He set.
All false Clergy will do the same thing!
They affirm that they are justified in their interpretation to allow for deviations from this qualification because men predominantly held leadership roles when the books of the Bible were written.

This is not a commonly taught or easy topic, but it’s a needed topic.

Guidelines for the saved people to remove the pastor.
1. MORAL FAILURE (Exodus 20:14; 1 Timothy 3:1-13) such as when you hear one say they have a little problem with the lays, or they get that new mate.
The Clergy can’t teach that being Holy and how God said I am Holy so ye (you) be Holy, if they do anything they want, if the clergy can do anything so can you..
God says it like this "If you can't cheat on your mate, ( A clergy ) can't cheat on their mate and be Holy. "
He said more than that but that is the basics.
This is an easy one. There are consequences to this sin for a pastor like no other. They are no longer qualified to serve as pastors.
On the other hand, the congregation must be told about church leaders who fail
(1 Timothy 5:20).
On too many occasions I’ve had to say words like these to the congregation: “I want you to know that God has rules for the clergy so this person can no longer work in a church that is God’s church. He has done something that violates the Lord’s trust and rules for the clergy and compromises their ability to continue in his/her job.
I want you to treat him/her and their family with love and grace as we work through this difficult time for both him and the church. I will not tell you what he/she did. But, I want you to remember that there is not one thing he did that many of you haven’t done, too.”
And that God has in place what He calls Repentance, but as a human this person cannot be in the clergy anymore.
This kind of a speech stops the rumors, lets the congregation know that leaders don’t get away with sin, and assures the congregation that the matter is not being swept under the rug.
2. FISCAL MALFEASANCE (Jeremiah 2:26; 5:3; 1 Timothy 3:3; and 1 Peter 4:15)
In other words, they are stealing money, misusing funds. They are loving it and what it can do for them too much. Pastors are to be fired immediately for stealing money. Misusing funds, all of this needs a little more scrutiny (Acts 5:1-11).
If a church people can’t get the devil out of the church they can and should take away the money, do not pay the person and they will go somewhere else. God has it where each person can protect the church’s money from perceived or actual misuse. If the pastor refuses, fire him/her (1 Timothy 3:7).
3. FAILURE TO SHEPHERD THE SHEEP or over bossing the people (John 21:15-17).
A sacred trust exists between the pastor and his/her sheep.
As we read the Gospels we are immediately struck that Jesus’ favorite name for Himself was not teacher or father, or Lord. He liked to think of Himself as a Shepherd.
The good Shepherd knows his sheep by name. He leaves ninety-nine in order to search for one lost sheep. He is the door of the sheep pen; He lays down his life for his sheep. These things are the job description for a pastor.

The office of a pastor should be held in high regard. It is a position of trust, authority, and a role model.
The pastor role in a Christian church is a leadership position that requires a set of scripture-based qualities. Specific Bible verses are often used as metrics when evaluating which candidate is best to appoint to leadership roles such as pastor, deacon and elder.
“God has placed a standard for those in pastoral oversight, ” and offers three reasons biblical qualifications are essential when explaining what a pastor Elder clergy is.
The first reason is to protect the church from unfit leadership. Just as an unqualified leader could cause damage to a business organization, an unfit pastor could negatively impact a flock.
The second reason is to improve the pastor’s character because the pastor sets the example of how to live a spiritually and morally sound life.
The third reason is to help improve the leader’s shepherding skills. There are additional biblical qualifications of pastoral leaders that should be taken into account when considering a career as a pastoral leader.
A Divine Calling to Serve
Many biblical references reinforce that all Christians are called to serve others. Therefore, an important biblical qualification for someone considering a career as a pastor is to first be "called with a holy calling."
The experience of divine calling is vastly varied; however, it has been referred to as an audible beckoning a person actually hears or a deep internal sense a person feels to answer the call to serve. Others report a dream or vision in which their call to serve as a pastor was revealed.

As such, there is a high standard that they are to be held to, including a higher standard and instructions for church discipline for pastors who openly and intentionally sin against others without repentance.

The Bible says that pastors are to teach their flock these instructions so they know how to handle situations in which there are unrepentant pastors.
The Bible specifically speaks about the qualifications for those who will lead a congregation of people. These qualifications have been the same for almost 2, 000 years. Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of these qualifications as the “senior pastor” of the Church.

What would you do if an elder violates one of these requirements? 1 Timothy 5:19-20 warns us not to accuse an elder flippantly. Matthew 18:15-18 gives us the steps:
1) Go to the elder alone,
2) If still unsatisfied, go with another person,
3) If still unsatisfied, let the greater eldership know. If accusations are verified and the elder remains unrepentant, rebuking that elder before all is the next biblical step.

“Keep yourself pure.” – 1 Timothy 5:22
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. “ – Hebrews 13:17
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”” Romans 12:19
“‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40

From God’s viewpoint every pastor is an elder and every elder has a pastor’s heart. This is an important biblical truth because scripture also recognizes men who are not in “full-time” ministry to be pastors too.
In fact, any male who satisfies the qualifications of an elder is an elder if recognized by the congregation.

Once an elder he is always an elder until he disqualifies himself through sin or lack of faithfulness. Scripture never refers to a “term of office” for elders. Elders stop being elders when they are disqualified (1 Timothy 5:19-21).

The Lord calls his servants and appoints them to the work He has qualified them for.
(Titus 1:6, 7; 1 Tim 3:2)
This is the overarching, summarizing characteristic. You will find similar (but not identical) lists in First Timothy and Titus. Living a life above reproach is the first requirement in both lists and Titus repeats it. The other items on the list explain what “above reproach” means. If we peruse the two lists, as well as First Peter, we find 17 qualifications of an elder who is above reproach.

Other Preachers upon examination and with the consent of the church will recognize the call of the Lord.
From what the Scripture says, the person was examined as to his fitness to be ordained.
A pastor must be devoted to his wife; one-woman man (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:2). The pastor’s marriage illustrates Christ’s love for His church—His bride (Eph. 5:22. ). A Pastor must love his wife exclusively with his mind, will and emotions and not just his body.
A pastor’s children must be in submission, though not perfect (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:4-5). If a man does not know how to manage his own family, he will not know how to take care of God’s church. The first flock for a pastor is his own family as Pastor Dad. A Pastor’s qualification for the church starts in his home management as he leads them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
A pastor is a faithful steward (Titus 1:7). Here the term used is overseer (Greek episkopos). It is not another office, but a functional title of the elder. It is what he does. He is a steward, a manager of God’s resources and Jesus’ flock. He takes responsibility, but not ownership.
A pastor must be humble — not arrogant (Titus 1:7). A pastor must constantly demonstrate the gospel by admitting when he is wrong and assuming responsibility and restoring relationships.
A pastor must be gentle — not quick-tempered (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3). No man will be of any use in the kingdom that is quick-tempered. The difference between how Jesus demonstrated anger is that He was angry at the abuse of others in the name of religion and the dishonoring of God. We get angry at how it affects us.
A pastor must be sober — not a drunkard (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3). This is not just overindulgence in alcohol but is idiomatic for any behavior that fuels addictive responses.
A pastor must be peaceful — not violent (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3). A pastor is prone to inflict violence through his words. He is to be a peacemaker.
A pastor must have financial integrity — not greedy for gain (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3; 1 Peter 5:3). A pastor is to be upright in his financial dealings and not accused of pursuing money over the kingdom of God.
A pastor must be hospitable (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim 3:2). A pastor’s home is to be open for others to enjoy. A pastor’s home is not a heaven on earth, but rather a place of ministry.
A pastor must be a lover of good (Titus 1:8). A pastor genuinely loves what is good. He does not just think he should love it.
A pastor must be self-controlled (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim 3:2). Self-control is a characterization of every area of a pastor’s life: diet, time, mouth, exercise, relationships, sex, and money. When anyone hears a pastor say they have a problem with the ladies, God calls it a sin in the eyes of that person.
A pastor must be upright (Titus 1:8). He has integrity in his relationships and in how he treats others.
A pastor must be holy (Titus 1:8). His life is devoted wholeheartedly to Jesus externally and internally.
A pastor must be able to teach (Titus 1:9; 1 Tim 3:2). All of the other qualifications are character qualities. This is the only ability-based requirement. He is to be able to teach sound doctrine, not just be able to communicate in an excellent manner. His teaching can be to one or two, to twenty, to a hundred or to a thousand. Most of the churches in Crete were house churches. The elders were to defend the faith once delivered to the saints against the numerous false teachers that arose.
A pastor must be spiritually mature (1 Tim 3:6). Positions of authority without spiritual maturity lead to the trap of pride. When pride grows in a man, sin abounds.
A pastor must be respectable (1 Tim 3:7). That does not mean that everyone must like him or even appreciate him. It means that there is no credible witness to an ongoing sinful behavior.
A pastor must be an example to the flock (1 Peter 5:3). Elders are examples of biblical expressions sexually, time management, marriage, parenting, worship, relationships and any other way. A pastor should be someone your sons could pattern their life after and the kind of man your daughter should marry.

These qualifications should be used in examining a candidate for the gospel ministry. Sometimes these qualifications are ignored or bypassed. God will not call one who cannot qualify. He does not act contrary to his Word.
The custom of examining and “setting apart” those whom God called by the “laying on of hands” seems to have been established In the first century (Acts 13:3; I Timothy 4:14; 5:22; II Timothy 1:6; also Acts 6:6, which likely refers to deacons).

The requirements for a pastor and deacons are set forth in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
The New Testament teaches that God’s ministers are called (Hebrews 5:4). The person to be ordained must have a burning conviction that God has called and he must preach. The apostle Paul had such a conviction. He said: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! ” (I Corinthians 9:16).
Paul did not teach that the act of the church at Antioch in ordaining him constituted him an apostle (Galatians 1:1). Ordination does not make the preacher. Unless he is called God, ordination means nothing. Ordination is simply saying that men believe God has called the man to the ministry.
The sobering reminder is: it is the Lord’s church. Not the pastor’s church. Not the elder board’s church. Not even the founding family’s church. It’s the Lord’s church. He established it, he sets pastors as stewards and protectors over it, and He sets rules and procedures for it.

According to the teaching of the New Testament, ordination is the recognition by the local church of a member’s call of God to the gospel ministry. The recognition consists of the candidate’s conversion to Christ, his call to the ministry, and his conviction of beliefs. Ordination does not confer any ecclesiastical power, it gives no authority, nor does it confer status to the ordained member of the church.
The Scripture is plain that it should be a man (I Timothy 3:1 says, “if a man…”), never a woman. Only a man could meet the standards set forth in the list of qualifications in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
The Bible nowhere sets forth the qualifications for a woman pastor or preacher. It is wrong to try to twist the Scriptures to allow a woman to be ordained to the gospel ministry. The ministry of preaching the gospel is a man’s job, and God qualifies those whom He calls to this very important task.
It is a very serious mistake for a church even to consider one who cannot qualify for ordination.
There are certain scriptural standards which can be used to determine whether one is qualified for ordination. So we should as the people of God seek to use them and the way and not the way men what it done.
Until next time the Elder. Beware of any clergy who ordain someone they want to just because they are birds of the same feather.

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