Bob Enyart Live presents this Pastor Qualification Quiz, not for a church member to use to confront his pastor with, but for pastors to take notice of, as an indication of what the elders at Denver Bible Church believe would be common today in a biblically-based leader of a Christian fellowship.
1. Does your pastor warn people to take their children out of public school?
2. Does your pastor teach people to judge?
3. Does your pastor teach that the theory of evolution is wrong and dangerous?
4. Does your pastor teach to withhold forgiveness from those who do not repent?
5. Does your pastor teach that homosexuality is evil?
6. Would your pastor disfellowship fornicating church members (living together, etc.)?
7. Does your pastor condemn abortion?
8. Has your pastor ever strongly criticized liberal politicians?
9. Does your pastor teach that some sins are worse than others?
10. Does your pastor's wife seem joyful? (single: Does he rejoice in Christ?)
Each of these questions should be answered in the affirmative. See this discussed at theologyonline.com.
Score ten points for each yes answer. If your pastor scored:
100. Congratulate your pastor for his wisdom and invite others to attend your church!
90. He’s far better than most. Do what you can to support him.
80. He’s a pretty good pastor. Ask God to help you strengthen him.
70. He’s a good man (in the Christian sense), but not qualified to be a pastor. Pray for help.
60. He’s making a mess of his family and his church. Beware.
50. He’s a fool. Find a different church. Things look good but are really bad.
40. He’s never prayed with anyone for salvation. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
30. Jesus said “if they hate Me, they’ll hate you.” But everyone loves him; he’s bad.
20. He’s in it for the money, or to avoid a real job. Escape while you can.
10. What in the world are you still doing there? He’s not OK, and you’re nuts.
0. He’s Hillary Clinton in disguise. Run for your life.
Of course the qualifications presented by the Apostle Paul in Scripture take precendence and are valid in all places and at times.
This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop [overseer, elder, etc.], he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless [that is, to reputation], the husband of one wife [that is, by the Greek text, a one-woman man], temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to [much] wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:1-7