|I looked up “godly” on public domain images and this image showed up in my search – lol!|
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I copied this May 31 comment into my file of “draft” posts. For some reason, it was overlooked in the comments section on a busy post day, but I took note of it because this reader really wanted this answered:
“Please help, Hebrew/Greek language scholars: Chuck’s supporters keep describing him as “Godly”. In your opinions, what does “Godly” mean from a Biblical perspective? Do Chuck’s actions as described in this blog and by reviewers who have first hand experience with him fit the meaning of “Godly”? Because if Chuck O’Neal is biblically Godly then I really don’t think I understand who God is.”
If all I can expect here is snippy replies, then you can continue on with your intellectualizing, and scholarship and forget about this being a place to heal.
Can we discuss this, please? What does “godly” mean from a Biblical perspective? Do any verses come to mind? In the comment, we can clearly see how the reader associates the pastor with God. That is so true. I’ve shared this before – because of abandonment/abuse issues with my biological and adopted fathers, I often have difficulties trusting people in authority. I have to remind myself that So-and-So is not my father, he will not abandon me. A pastor is a type of father figure and of course God is a father figure.
I’m sad that this comment got lost in the shuffle and I didn’t post this comment earlier because it is such an important question and obviously this person was struggling with this issue. I hope he/she reads the responses.
I’ll start with a few verses from 1 Timothy 3:1-7:
2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
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