If an unsaved man is married to an unsaved woman, and they get divorced, and then he at some point gets saved, marries a Christian, is he able to serve as a deacon in his church? My husband and I go to an independent, fundamental, Baptist church and we were told by the pastor that he cannot serve, according to 1 Timothy 3:2. It was explained that, although his sin was forgiven, the consquences of that sin are carried over. We do not agree. We believe that the consequences are carried over from that sin in the physical realm perhaps (alimony, etc.) but in the spiritual realm we are "accepted in the beloved." (amongst many other verses) Any comments on this subject?