The previous post discussed the first and most important category to evaluate someone pursuing gospel ministry is a God given ability to teach and preach God’s Word. The second category that summarizes the qualifications for the office of a pastor is a blameless reputation:
A Blameless Reputation
Paul’s command that the pastor “must be above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2) is listed to emphasize that the man should not just flee from evil, but to flee from even the appearance of evil. For example, it is very hard to accuse a pastor of having an affair, if everyone knows the pastor will not be alone in a room with another woman except his wife. This qualification is a calling for the pastor to live above any accusations that would be thrown his way by his consistent godly life and reputation among all people. Not being in bondage to any substance, but being self-controlled affirms this reputation, which seems to be why Paul also mentions “not addicted to wine” (1 Tim. 3:3).
This blameless reputation also includes having a “good reputation with those outside the church, so that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Tim. 3:7). This description is by no means an instruction to appease the world, but that the lost may “on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12).