RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
PREACHERS AND LEADERS OF CHURCH
1 Timothy 3:1-7
3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
In today’s society I believe people overlook this scripture or some of the leaders, preachers and or pastors of a church. Today’s churches that are in the media or TV have leaders that are in many times involved in divorce or adultery or every fraudulent activity. Man has forgotten what God said He wants a leader to be. And when this happens the church suffers because others see how these so-called men live and assume they are really men of God. Paul plainly states that this should not be, and he gives some criteria for these people. And he also shows the outcome of falling into the devil’s trap. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and live by His standards not by man’s.