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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Mar 28, 2010.
Should we permit any of the following?
only if they've shown a changed lift style, a changed heart, if they're continuing then no.
Repentant says to me that they are also reformed.
not necessarily, only time will tell if it's real or only a claim.
Before I can answer, I need to ask a question. By "repentant", does that mean "born again". A person can feel sorry for what he does without ever accepting Christ as his/her Saviour.
A truly repentant and born again person whose life changes should be allowed to do anything in the church in my opinion. However, just simply feeling sorry (that's what repentance means) isn't enough if there is no change in the person's life.
Why would they want to? Jesus taught us to pray that God would keep us from temptation.
A church also a responsibility to make sure its membership is safe. Should a church allow a truly repentant and born again person, who was convicted of child molestation, teach children? I don't think so. While the person may be truly repentant, we can't know for sure. On some things, you have to just be safe and a truly repentant person should/would understand that.
Eventually, I would allow them to teach, but not for a long time. I'd want to see solid evidence of true repentance and turning away from their besetting sin. I'm thinking two years, at least, maybe longer. I don't want novices teaching in my church.
The biblical understanding of repentance is to do an about turn. The Sgt. give the command "about turn" on the parade square and the soldier immediately turns about and marches in the opposite direction.
This does not mean that mistakes will not follow, but that the command is instantly obeyed.
When it comes to teaching, no one should teach without training. How long the learning process takes will vary from person to person. Jesus virtually learned for 30 years and taught for three. Surely we can spend some time to learn before we attempt to teach.