September 28, 2021
1 Timothy 5:20-22 (KJV) Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
This scripture from the book of 1st Timothy pertains to rebuking the church elders, serious business. The Apostle Paul instructs young pastoring Timothy about the correct way of correcting church leaders. This is the kind of instruction and guidance that pastors must pass down to future generations as they lead churches like the Apostle Paul does here.
Though it does not happen often, there are times that a church’s elders and leaders must be corrected to prevent false teachings or to clear up a spiritual matter of great importance. Great care must is taken if it becomes necessary for a pastor to discipline or correct an elder. Not taking care of such a matter can infect a church with false doctrine, the bitterness of heart, or cause division among members.
These verses advise when and how to rebuke a leader, publically in front of the church congregation so that other members and leaders will hear and revere God and potentially refrain from making similar errors. It also advises pastors not to lay hands on a man called by God for preaching too soon, for doing so can place a man in the pulpit before he is mature in the spiritual things of Christ.
The bottom line is that pastors and church leaders are to keep themselves and their church pure from the mar of sin. This teaching in these verses means that pastors must take men’s leadership and pastoral roles seriously and move to disciple and correct as necessary. God inspires the Apostle Paul to direct leaders to keep purity in their church.
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