“For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint Elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.”–Titus 1:6
“Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.”–Gen. 16:3
Disqualified! Godly men such as Abraham, Caleb, David, Ezra, Gideon, Hosea, Jacob, and others, if they were moved forward to New Testament times, would not qualify as Elders because they were polygamists.
Look at the irony in Abraham’s life:
Abraham was called “The Friend of God“–James 2:23
He was called “The Father of those who believe“–Romans 4:11
But, his past choices would have disqualified him in New Testament times from being called an “Elder among those who believe”.
In Abraham’s own time, his second marriage greatly hindered him; Yet Abraham persevered in faith, regardless of his own hindrances.
So don’t let failures and disqualifications behind you steal from faith choices before you. He may not have had the qualities of an Elder, but he was “the Friend of God” and the “Father of those who believe”. So don’t be sad, cause 2 out of 3 ain’t bad (A little Meatloaf Theology).