3:17; 5:3; 12:17; 17:4, 15; 19:11, 32; 1 Ki. There are spiritual qualifications to Christian leadership. e)Therefore the man who wishes to be an elder must have a life that reflects that he is indeed a servant of God’s, 2.If he has or has had more than one wife then he has reproach and thus cannot be a steward of God’s, 3.If he does not have faithful children then he has reproach and thus cannot be a steward of God’s, A.First let’s look at what the man who wishes to be an elder should not be, 1.The first qualification is that he should not be “self-willed”. As a judge does not make lawbreakers or bear moral responsibility for what they do, so it is with the Lord. 1:13, 15; 16:18; 17:14f; 19:16; 20:9; 25:6; 28:13, 36; 32:25; Jos. Thus the charge to appoint elders in every city suggests that Crete had been extensively evangelized, making these specific organizational tasks of paramount importance. 3)A man who wishes to be an elder is to always be ready for this it is their job to oversee the spiritual health of the congregation. 7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, Trench writes that… "It is justly explained by Chrysostom as implying not acquittal merely, but absence so much as of a charge or accusation brought against him of whom it is affirmed. 6:11; 19:1; 26:17; 29:1; 32:8; Lam. Therefore, their personal conduct should represent the status they hold by representing God in who they are and what they do. Although a single elder for each church is a possible interpretation, plural elders for each church seems to be a preferable interpretation because of other passages such as: Titus was thus to constitute elders in the churches, city by city. (Acts 17:15), Kathistemi means to "to make someone something" and is used by Paul explaining that "as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made (constituted - kathistemi) sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made (constituted - kathistemi) righteous." Rebellion (506) (anupotaktos from a = negates what follows + hupotásso = be subject to or sit under in an orderly manner, to subject or arrange [troops] in a military fashion under the command of a leader, sit under in an orderly manner) literally means not subject (to rule or control, one who is not submissive) and thus disobedient to authority, insubordinate, disorderly, unruly, refractory (resistant to treatment or cure, unresponsive to stimulus), refusing submission to authority, undisciplined, rebellious, outside of one’s control, disregarding restraint, unwilling to submit, headstrong, intractable. (Heb 13:17+). shall be constituted," but add: "The Greek word has the same ambiguity as the English." Rom. This lifestyle "sports" (brags about) indulgence with its extreme wastefulness (prodigality). Appoint is preferable to the KJV rendering ordain, as there is nothing in the context to imply a formal ecclesiastical ordination. 5:1, etc. James 3:6+ And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. (Jn 18:29), Paul (in the third and last use of kategoria in the NT) wrote to Timothy, "Do not receive an accusation (kategoria) against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses." (Thru the Bible Commentary: Nashville: Thomas Nelson), Matthew Henry commenting on anegkletos writes that the elder candidate "must be one who lies not under an ill character; but rather must have good report, even from those that are without; not grossly or scandalously guilty, so as would bring reproach upon the holy function; he must not be such a one." (Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible), MacDonald qualifies anegkletos noting "that if they (the elder candidates) do minor wrongs, they are prompt to make them right by confession to God, by apology to the person(s) wronged, and by restitution, if applicable." c)Are these children of his faithful to him and do they do what he tells them to do faithfully? (b)In this case the elder is to call one to the side of the “sound doctrine”. b)Another view some take on this passage is that it prohibits polygamy, being married to several women. Wuest makes an interesting, albeit somewhat speculative observation noting that Crete = "was not visited by Paul on any of his first three missionary journeys (Ed note: At least there is no record of such visit in Acts or the Pauline epistles). Be sure he's following Jesus, 7:26; 8:1, 11f; 9:6; 14:1; 16:46, 61; 20:1, 3; 23:4; 27:9; Joel 1:2, 14; 2:16, 28; Zech.