The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16 to “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (NIV).
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to think of ministers who haven’t watched their lives or doctrine closely. Within the last couple of years, two high-profile pastors in the Chicago area have had their sin exposed publicly, even covered by news outlets like the Chicago Tribune.
Major sin by Christian leaders leads to great pain, not only in the ministers’ lives but also in their families and churches, and often can damage Christian witness in the community.
So how can we think biblically about preventing sins that disqualify from ministry?
To answer that question, Kevin Halloran spoke with John Eichholz, a former pastor and current Field Director for our ministry. In our conversation, we discussed:
In conversations like this it’s crucial that we define terms, so let me very broadly define “disqualifying sins” as any sin that would make a Christian leader violate the qualifications for elders as found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
We realize the seriousness of this conversation. We engage in it humbly and with much trepidation. Our prayer is that God would use this conversation to strengthen your walk with Him, to expose sin where it is needed, and also to encourage all of us by reminding us of all that God has given us in Christ to enable us to walk in holiness and in grace.
Read the transcript of the interview:
It’s been over 20 years since Bill Mills and Craig Parro wrote the influential book Finishing Well in Life and…Read more
After love, humility is the most discussed virtue in the New Testament. While many biblical verses and books speak on…Read more
WordPartners’ ministry is built upon the fact that God speaks through His Spirit-carried Word. Understanding the dynamics of this can…Read more
Dr. Josh Moody The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards is one of the most clarifying treatises on revival and spiritual…Read more