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Discussion in 'Fundamental Baptist Forum' started by Rev. Frank Clark Jr, Feb 25, 2017.

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  1. Rev. Frank Clark Jr

    Rev. Frank Clark Jr New Member

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    How does the Independent Baptist see a Ordained Minister being divorced but never married again and does he still qualify to preach and be ordained and also while I am at it what you all think on double married preachers also???
     
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    Every individual Baptist church - Independent, SBC, ABC, GARBC, ect -decided for themsleves if they will call a divorced pastor.
    Some will say - divorce is an automatic disqualifier.
    Others will look at the circumstance - and/or the time that has passed
    Others might say divorce is ok - but not remarriage.

    Too many churches, too many variables. to make a blanket statment.

    What do you mean by a "double married preacher?


    Salty


    PS - I see this is your first post. Be sure to stop by the New Member Forum and introduce yourself

    PPS - Every Baptist church is independent - and that includes SBC, GARBC, ABA, CBA, ect.
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    Double Married means a preacher that been married to two different woman at different time and still preaching does he qualify
     
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    Just clarifying -your term of double married. Short answer - a previous divorce is NOT an automatic disqualifier.
    Now if a man cheats on his wife -and then marries his girlfriend the next week - I would NOT support that man in being a pastor.

    Some will quote that I Tim states a man must only be the husband of one wife. - I believe that is talking about polygamy. But as I stated previously - its up to the local church to make that decision. Since a divorce is a major issue- I do not think that a pastor should hide it from a prospective church - he should be upfront .

    Any particular reason for asking?
     
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    I am divorced but never married again and I just wondering cause all churches in Baptist faith are different on this subject but I still preach in a lot different United Baptist Churches and they known my situation and " some will say I do not qualify and others will let me preach
     
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    Also I was the one that got cheated on by my ex wife
     
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    I believe a divorced man, regardless of his present martial position, is disqualified to serve as senior pastor as he no longer "rules well his own household."
     
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    You said he disqualified to be a pastor or senior pastor but what about allowing him to just preach God word from your pulpit like a evangelist work??
     
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    Rev. Frank Clark Jr, could you clarify for Salty what you mean by "Independent Baptists" in your post in this Fundamental Baptist forum?

    Were you asking about ABC-USA and Southern Baptists too, or the usual meaning of Independent Baptist (not associated with the Conventions)?
     
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    He is perfectly welcome to go on the streets of his city and do some open air preaching. But that may be it.
     
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    and he may be the senior pastor of any church that calls him.
     
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    No, I said he is disqualified to serve as senior pastor.
     
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    I agree with this idea, cause taken extremely literally, neither can a single man serve as pastor.
    I remember in my younger days, it seemed that, in general, the Baptist churches I was familiar with considered divorce the "UNPARDONABLE SIN".
     
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    And neither could a man whose wife had died - as he no longer had a wife.

    And some churches go to the extreme that a childless couple; the husband could not be a pastor.
     
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    By independent I assume you mean churches that are not affiliated with any fellowship, association, or convention? Is that right? Most Baptist churches consider themselves independent, but unaffiliated churches are the ones who most commonly use the terminology to describe themselves.

    As already noted, this question cannot be answered in a single way, even when limited to the practice of unaffiliated independent Baptist churches. There is wide divergence of opinion and practice, so not one answer.
     
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    Wow. Looks like some clarification is is order.

    In his excellent overview of Independent Baptists, Baptist historian Bill Leonard explains that among those Baptist churches standing independent of the Conventions there arose relatively loose "associations" of independent Baptists such as Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, Baptist Bible Union, General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, Baptist Bible Fellowship, Southwide Baptist Fellowship, New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches, etc.
     
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    This is a common fallacy among those who self-identify as “Independent Baptist.” What they fail to understand is there is little to no difference between a Convention and an Association, or Union, or Fellowship.

    The new Association, or Union, or Fellowship serves the same function as the Convention did. They are just under the control of a different group of people. (As with most such things, with the exception of the NBC, it was about control, not doctrine.)

    One of the slight variations is mission agencies. The SBC has one, the Cooperative Program. (State Conventions and local Associations often also have missions programs.) The Independent Baptists have several including but not limited to ABWE, BWM, BMM, BIMI, and a host of others. The CP is more efficient in raising support than the “independent” agencies, but they all serve the same function: to get missionaries onto the foreign field.
     
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    Actually, the SBC has two mission boards - The North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. The Cooperative program - simply supports the two mission boards with finances.

    In addition we also have the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering - for Home missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign missions.

    I do agree that the CP can help the missionaries be more efficient - in that they do not have to spend months and even years on deputation seeking support. And for those who man not realzie - these missionaries do come and visit our churches.
     
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    Salty, here's another BB member's take on all this:
     
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    Except I was talking about foreign missions. Not home missions. That is probably why the last clause says " to get missionaries onto the foreign field."

    And I wasn't talking about missions offerings, but about mission agencies. :)
     
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