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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

31- Special Requirements For Bishops, Priests And Deacons

 

St-Takla.org Image: The Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod of Egypt (Bishops of the Coptic Church) on June 6, 2009. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أعضاء المجمع المقدس القبطي في الكنيسة القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الآباء الأساقفة الأقباط، يوم 6 يونيو 2009 م.

St-Takla.org Image: The Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod of Egypt (Bishops of the Coptic Church) on June 6, 2009.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أعضاء المجمع المقدس القبطي في الكنيسة القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الآباء الأساقفة الأقباط، يوم 6 يونيو 2009 م.

[27] If Priesthood Was For All, Why Announce Special Requirements For Bishops, Priests And Deacons

While some of the qualifications for the clergy include some general spiritual virtues, which are good for all, there are some specific prerequisites aimed at this special office in the Church.

(1 Tim 3:12) Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

(1 Tim 3:10) But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.

(1 Tim 3:2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

(1 Tim 3:6-7) not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. {7} Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

And for the priest:

(Titus 1:6) if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

If all were priests, why require such prerequisites.


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