1 Timothy 5:1-2
B1 This chapter gives instructions to church leaders for various classes of people and situations in the congregation.
B2 Respect the brethren
C1 The word rebuke is the Greek word ἐπιπλήσσω epiplēssō (G1969). It is used 1X in the New Testament. It has the idea of getting in someone’s face and yelling at them for being so stupid. God does NOT wants us doing it.
C2 We are to plead. The Greek word is παρακαλέω parakaleō (G3870). It is used many times in the New Testament. It has the idea of a gentle, calm approach.
C3 So we do to brothers and sisters in the congregation
C4 Proverbs 25:15 WEB By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
C1 Most widows can be and must be assisted by family.
C2 Some widows have no family or that family will not help because the widow is a Christian.
C3 Qualifications for the congregation to help.
D1 60 or greater is age.
D2 One woman wife. This is only one husband at a time.
D3 Has and doing good works. For example, raised children, hospitable to strangers, washed the feet of God's people, helped the afflicted, and diligence in doing so. These examples are to family first, Christians second, and non-Christian last. That is the order of priorities.
C4 Younger widows must be rejected, in most cases, because they might give a pledge, a promise, of serving others full time. If and when they want to get married, they forsake their promise.
C5 Be careful. Because a widow is accepted in the registry, they might, for whatever reason, turn against God and follow satan.
B4 Support the ministry
C1 Elders and honorarium
D1 Unless agreed upon, there should be some honorarium given for the time serving.
D2 Especially for those laboring in word (Scriptures) and teaching.
D3 It takes time to prepare and time to present.
D4 Scripture supports this:
E1 Deuteronomy 25:4 NRSV You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.
E2 Luke 10:7 NRSV Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.
D5 An honorarium is not to make the elders rich.
D6 It needs to be known to the congregation.
C2 Elder misdeeds/sins
D1 This deals with the leaders, not individual Christians as Matthew 18.
D2 The accusation needs to be 2 or more witnesses.
D3 This would include pastors, deacons, and deaconesses.
E1 Would need to be adults.
E2 Pastoral abuse is rampant.
F1 These fake pastors love money.
F2 And love power.
F3 When people start questioning what they are doing, they abuse to shut them up.
F4 They have a certain respect, so they love to cover up their evil. John 3:19-21 "This is [the reason for] the judgment, because light is come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light, because their actions were evil. 20 "Everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, so that his actions may be discovered and reproved [discovered and reproved is one word in Greek]. 21 "But the one who does the truth comes to the light, so that his actions may be plainly seen that they are done for God."
F5 Imagine an abused person or even a child coming to meet their sexual molester, rapist, or abuser in private (Matthew 18). This would be a very great evil, and it MUST not be allowed.
D4 This needs to be public, not private. Public means to everyone in the congregation and outside it.
D5 Rebuke is needed.
D6 Fake pastors will not be ashamed or in godly fear.
C3 Both of these activities must be without prejudice or favoritism.
C4 God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels are watching and will testify against us if we do otherwise.
B5 Ordain carefully
C1 Be careful in whom we ordain. Use background checks and have them be a part of the congregation for awhile.
C2 If they are ordained when they are unqualified in God’s sight, it will be a sin that is remembered by God. We will have to give an account.
C3 We are to be pure. Purity is God’s definition, so personal, how the spouse and children are treated, money, sex, work, criminal record, etc.
B6 For your health: wine is for health and medicine. Whiles some can use without problem, many cannot. Think, seek counsel, and act wisely. God is watching.
B7 Good deeds
C1 Whether it be elders or others:
D1 Some sins are public, so all know about.
D2 Some are hidden.
D3 God judges both. He knows everything in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
C2 Again, whether it be elders or others:
D1 Some good deeds are public, so all know.
D2 Some are hidden but it will be know eventually.
D3 Let us do all to the glory of God.
C1 These are God’s wishes and instructions for elders and the congregation. We must do them. We are God’s servants.
C2 Those members of the congregation who need help, need to receive it first before we give to outsiders.
C3 God knows who is sinning and what they are doing.
C4 Thank God for His mercy and instruction.