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Answer to Recent Questions About Inclusion

Since Annual Conference, several people have contacted me to sincerely ask me a similar question. Basically, they boil down to this: How can we be true to the Word of God and still be inclusive of others who are involved in sin. My response has always been, people who are living in an ongoing, unrepentant, sinful lifestyle are not qualified for positions of leadership. That's all ! They are welcome to attend and participate in church life.

And, several folks have really pushed the issue that we all have some kind of sin in our lives. (FYI, I don't disagree) This question leads to the next one, how can we be justified in excluding a certain type of sinner from positions of leadership?

Thanks for the push, that one is pretty easy to answer. The Apostle Paul {a far better source than me} has already addressed the qualifications for those in church leadership in the Pastoral Epistles: 1st & 2nd Timothy & Titus. Just read those books. There's nothing hard to understand in there.

I would simply add two other passages. According to James 3:1, ” Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness." (ESV)

Also, the Bible itself views sexual sin as different from all other sin, "Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body." (1 Cor. 6:18 ESV) In my opinion, this is logical because of sexual sin's profound effect on the family which is the foundation of society.