1 Timothy 5:17–25 (ESV)
Instructions for the Church (Part 3)
17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves
his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ
Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use
a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot
Yesterday was about how to treat widows, today’s is regarding elders. Elders were pastors, not elders as we have them in our church... they were actual pastors. Pastors
were to be paid and protected by the church. If false charges come against a pastor (elder), then there must be two or three witnesses. Today, the news media will jump and pounce on a pastor in the media news and destroy his life, family, and career.
I have know of pastors that were removed from the ministry because a teenage girl made claims against the pastor. All she was doing was trying to get out of confirmation class, so she lied. It came out before the trial that the girl had made up
everything, but the damage was already done and he had been removed from the church and ministry. He lost his house, a car, and financially ruined. It would have been nice if the church and the news media had abided by today’s scripture.
Pastors... be careful what you do!
I pray: O Lord, please protect those who are in the ministry. Bring down those who need to be brought down and protect those who need protecting. Help us
all to say no to sin and to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Amen.