Alan Knox from Assembling the Church has rewritten 1 Timothy 3:1-7 to reflect the way Church in America is actually conducted. This is salient to me because of some events from last week I wrote about. If we don't clean up our act, we are fools, not for Christ, ourselves. How far we have drifted from where we started two thousand years ago.
This is the 53rd installment in "Scripture... As We Live It":
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble
taskoccupation. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,God's church.
for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for
?He must not be a recent convert, but must be a seminary graduate or(1 Timothy 3:1-7 re-mix)
he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.