"One Woman Man"
mias gunaikos andra
Is not denial of otherwise qualified elders on the
basis of their divorce status a denial of the sufficiency of Christ's grace,
love, faith, and perfect patience with Paul (I Timothy 1:14-16)? Is it not
Paul, the very author of every occurrence of mias gunaikos andra in the
New Testament (I Timothy 3:2,12; Titus 1:6) the greatest recipient of our
Lord's very own grace, mercy, love, and patience - more so than any otherwise
qualified divorced candidate for elder?
- Considerations in
the Interpretation of the Meaning of mias gunaikos andra
- (and Grammatical
Variants) in I Timothy 3:2, 12 & Titus 1:6
- Dr. Vern Peterman
- "In this article Vern
Peterman wrestles with that controversial phrase "one woman man" as
is found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 and offers a hermeneutically
sound approach to unlocking Paul's intended meaning. This is
an important contemporary issue in conservative evangelical
churches. In fact it has been pointed out that in the
erroneous doctrinal position of some churches and denominations, a
man can murder his neighbor--go to prison--get saved--come out and
go to seminary, and become a pastor with a great salvation
testimony. But if he was ever divorced, he is entirely
disqualified from the ministry."
Interpretive options for mias gunaikos andra:
The temple of Artemis was the center of a
sexual cult. Prostitutes and pornography were a staple fare offered to
thousands of pilgrims and tourists who passed through the city’s streets.
In the midst of all this drug sorcery, witchcraft and occultic arts (Acts
19:19), and disease-ridden orgies, the atmosphere of Ephesus was thick with
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