Todd Derstine claims to have a ministry. He publishes his teachings, has a web site and holds himself out to be a leader and a teacher. Does he meet the qualifications of one? Read them verses below and then carefully study the following documents and decide for yourself if he is a teacher from God or a predator. Beware of false shepherds.
1 Timothy 3:1 This
is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good
work.2 A bishop then must be
blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to
hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no
striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his
own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not
how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being
lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a
good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare
of the devil.
Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
letter to the minister of a young girl that Todd got pregnant who refused to
perform a wedding ceremony. In this letter Todd outlines his belief that if you
sleep with a woman, she automatically becomes your wife and God blesses the
Todd's 8-9-92 letter to another minister and his wife who refuse to support the idea that the young girl Todd got pregnant is automatically his wife.
10-22-93 list of charges against Todd by the Assembly of Yah.
Does Todd meet the qualifications of an elder? Reread the verses above and ask yourself that question. Todd is a likeable man, does that make him an elder, a teacher, or a leader?