Eli and Samuel had bad sons . You would have thought that Samuel would have learned from the example Eli set . The very first revelation Samuel had was to tell Eli that God was going to kill his sons . Eli's sons blasphemed God and the senior prophet failed to restrain them . Samuel fell right into the same pattern with his own sons . In 1 Timothy 3:4,5 it deals with qualifications for overseers . He should know how to manage his own household well , winning the obedience and respect of his own children . How can one look after the affairs of one of God's congregations if he can not superintend his own home affairs ? ( Norlie New Testament ) Titus 1:6 is along the same lines . And the qualifications for deacons in 1 Timothy 3:11 is similar . Would an Eli or Samuel be allowed to assume the office of overseer today ?