I found myself into a discussion last evening regarding the meaning and intent of 1 Timothy 3:2. The Husband of One Wife. (I kept my mouth shut and listened) Having been raised Independent, Fundamental Baptist, the rule was that once married that was it. End of subject. Only as a result of death could one remarry. I did a search and found the following link that provides several views on the subject, at http://www.spiritandtruth.org/teaching/documents/articles/15/15.pdf To save a lot of space I'll just provide the summary paragraph which reads as follows, This paper has examined various interpretations of the phrase “husband of one wife” found in 1 Timothy 3:2. After examining the merits and deficiencies of each approach, it was concluded that the best interpretation is to translate the phrase “a one woman man” and to view the phrase as requiring fidelity in the character of a candidate for the office of elder. Thus, this phrase does not deal with the candidate’s legal married status but rather pertains to fidelity as part of the candidate’s character at the time he is considered for the office. Although it is acceptable for the church to examine the candidate’s past sins in order to ascertain the content of his character, it is inappropriate for the church to use 1 Timothy 3:2 as a basis of holding a candidate’s past sins against him in isolation of his current character. The church can best maintain balance in this area by following Paul’s intent behind 1 Timothy 3:2 rather than by adding to what Paul said even for the noble purpose of maintaining high standards for church leadership. From what I've gleaned from the discussion last night and from this search this morning, am I to understand the most logical intent of "The Husband of One Wife" to be the opposite of what most churches preach and demand? The husband of one wife = a one woman man. ...goodness.