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A man who experienced divorce and remarriage before his conversion to Christ can receive credentials as a pastor




In 2001 the Assemblies of God (U.S.A.) at its biennial convention in August (which was held in Kansas City), passed a resolution that lifted a restriction on the ordination of divorced clergy candidates, provided the divorce was before the candidate’s conversion. The Church’s General Council, composed of delegates and pastors, passed the resolution by secret ballot on a vote of 998 to 834.




The Holy Scripture teaches that he who desires the position of a bishop, must be “the husband of one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2 – NKJV). Therefore, a Christian who divorced and remarried before his conversion, whose former wife is still alive, cannot receive the credentials as a pastor, for in the sight of God he has two wives.

Let no one deceive you with empty words.