Great Sermon! Thank you thank you thank you! After living under John Piper's condemnation for 25 years, this sermon was very freeing!
Unfortunately people who will not allow remarried people to pastor are stating there are two different classes of Christians: those who are married and useful, those who are remarried and discarded. It goes like this from John Piper: "You can attend church, but please sit in the back over there by yourself, and certainly no titles of service."
I appreciate your sermon so much!
Rich Luciano (5/17/2021)
from North Carolina
Audio is missing It appears like it's obvious that polygamy was not allowed, and that the adulterous are not to be part of the Kingdom of Heaven.Â Therefore, being sequentially monogamous with people is the issue at hand in the early Church. Paul said an overseer isn't to be a recent convert. Likewise, he could have said not a recently remarried husband, but he didn't because that was an obvious disqualifier. How are we supposed to scripturally buttress this matter of time spent raising an additional household to be voted on? Â We see Paul, in I Tim 1:15, (after he says that the saying is trustworthy) declare himself to have been saved. Why are we conflating salvation with other titles because of the repetitive rewriting of the saying is trustworthy? Being saved and being ordained are categorically different. Do you disagree? On the grounds of Paul saying that the saying is trustworthy here and in other passages like in 3:1 we should be confirming, regarding holding titles, he was an exception by the grace of our Lord. If anything Paul showed us he would've ordinarily been omitted from holding his title apart from it is God-given. Thus, we justify the goalposts Paul lays out for titleholders in passages like 3:1 when he repeats that the saying is trustworthy.
Pastor Sean Harris has been the Senior Pastor for Berean Baptist Church and Academy in Fayetteville, NC since 2006. He served as a member, lay teacher and deacon at Berean from 1987 until he became the Senior Pastor. As the Senior Pastor, he oversees Bereanâ€™s ministry to over...