When someone has broken trust like that, even though they repent and are restored to fellowship, it doesn't meant hey are restored to ministry. Repentance must be accompanied by proof such repentance is indeed real, and that can only be established over time. It would be sheer foolishness to allow someone who has broken trust like that to just go on as if nothing happened to that trust. Trust needs to be re-established and that can take a long, long time.
Thanks xyluz. Looking forward to hearing your Nigerian perspective on things. Actually in your opinion are there differences on how Christians in your country see things in perspective to Christians in the US? If so what are they in general?
robin hood, I think the fact that Jesus used the story of Jonah as a sign points to its authenticity. Jesus did not use parables as a sign. Signs were something real. The word "sign" is sēmeion a sign, mark, token that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known a sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature of signs portending remarkable events soon to happen of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God's This is not referring to a fictional story.
Amen Ezra. As Jesus himself taught, that; "And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:"
This is figurative language and is concerning the King of Tyre. 12“Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
When a person has truly repented and been forgiven, then God has fully accepted them. Therefore Christians must accept them fully, since we all were sinners who repented and were forgiven. We should always remember Peter, who denied Christ but later became the chief apostle to the Jews. He repented, and was fully forgiven, and restored to fellowship with Christ and his fellow apostles and disciples.
I still reside at Montgomery Elderly Care, in Montgomery, W. Va. I am 75 years of age and still have Cerebral Palsy and still confined to wheelchair or bed. I still teach a Sunday School class here regularly, although this position is shared with others on staff, here. I have lived here at Montgomery Elderly Care Center for almost 11 years, at the time this is written. Bill Neil