Is a person with a physical disability allowed to be a preacher?

The following question was addressed by the wife of a Christian with a physical disability:

My husband has a physical disability from birth. He KNOWs THE WORD of the LORD VERY WELL. He is Preaching and singing in church and even helped to plant a church in the area, but brothers thought he was after THE PASTOR’s position AND cut him out of all the activities in the church. They said a man with a defect must not be in front of people. is This statement true? PLEASE ANSWER ME. THANK YOU.

Thank God for your husband who has dedicated himself to the work of the Gospel and studies the Word of God and knows it and preaches it to others. This is what he should do further. The leaders who stopped him from this ministry probably came with the following argument from the Old Testament:

Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion,that is the city of David. David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, through the water tunnel.” Therefore they say, “The blind or the lame shall not come into the house.” (2 Samuel 5:6-8)

Pay attention, David had a reason to order that concerning the blind and lame. He didn’t have something against all the blind and all the lame or against people with disabilities. No way, because this is what Scripture tells us about David:

Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?”

Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons. Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet. (2 Samuel 9:1-13)

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Paul said he had something in his body that could be a stumbling block for people, but it did not prevent him from serving them. Here’s what he wrote to the Galatians: 

Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. (Galatians 4:14-15)

Paul does not give us details about his handicap, but obviously it was something that could cause contempt or disgust and be a temptation for people who saw him and listened to him. We can assume that it was linked to his eye problems, for he immediately tells that the Galatians loved him so much that were ready to pluck out their eyes and give them to him.

I know a special worker in the Gospel who has a physical disability. His name is Sergiu Rutcovschi. I have known him since the beginning of his life with Christ. He was a student and came to a Bible study group I led at “Jesus the Savior” Church, in Chisinau. Being motivated by the Word of God that we studied, he decided to be a missionary in a village. He walked with difficulty, but would travel by bus for a long distance and then walk on foot. I even heard of a case when the children from the village came out and mocked him, calling him dirty words, throwing stones at him. This did not prevent him, and out of love for those people he went and preached Christ to them. Then God put on his heart to start a Mission to share the Gospel among people with disabilities in Moldova. Many people who suffer in their homes have come to know Christ through the activities organized by Sergiu and the team working in the mission.

May God bless your husband to serve with all the power he has and not to be discouraged by people, but to work with all humbleness and obedience to those who are guiding him in the Gospel.

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