By Cornelius Richard Stam
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3:20; 1 Thes. 1:9,10; Tit. 2:13, and note how he includes himself in each case. Cf. II Cor. 13:3 31 that time multitudes were so taken up with the social gospel, so eager to help make the world a better place to live in, that they did not even notice or believe that the modernists denied the very fundamentals of the Christian faith. But the new evangelicalism of our day is still more dangerous. It is big. It is well financed. It is popular. It is subtle. Perhaps its gravest danger lies in the fact that while claiming to be "conservative," it minimizes the importance of the fundamentals of the faith and the danger of apostatizing from them, scoffing at separation from the world, joining with apostate unbelievers to "win souls for Christ," urging diologue rather than a faithful testimony, preferring the idea of the adequacy of the Bible, rather than its inerrancy, etc.
Perhaps this is because the word "silence" is used. Elsewhere the King James Version renders this word (Gr. hesuchia), "quietness," and even in Acts 22:2, where we read that "they kept the more silence," the idea is that they quieted down. This does not, however, neutralize Paul's statement that the woman should learn "with all subjection," for he adds here: "But I suffer not a woman to teach [the man], nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence [quietness]" (Ver. 12; cf. I Cor. 14:35).
So high and holy a calling should not be considered lightly, for many men of God with great abilities have failed because they lacked one or more of the moral and spiritual graces which Paul here outlines. And with this he lists the basic qualifications: 'A bishop, then, must be...... "Blameless" (Ver. 2). character and conduct. The very first qualification is that of unimpeachable "The husband of one wife" (Ver. 2) - at a time, clearly. Nor does this qualification exclude those who are unmarried.