This is a statement that can be trusted: If anyone sets his heart on being a bishop, he desires something excellent.
A bishop must have a good reputation. He must have only one wife, be sober, use good judgment, be respectable, be hospitable, and be able to teach.
He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but he must be gentle. He must not be quarrelsome or love money.
He must manage his own family well. His children should respectfully obey him.
(If a man doesn't know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)
He must not be a new Christian, or he might become arrogant like the devil and be condemned.
People who are not Christians must speak well of him, or he might become the victim of disgraceful insults that the devil sets as traps for him.