Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 5:19-21 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.  Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.  I charge you, in the sight of god and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. 

Church leaders are not exempt from sin, faults, and mistakes.  But they are often criticized for the wrong reasons-minor imperfections; failure to meet someone’s expectations, personality clashes.  Thus Paul said that accusations should not even be heard unless two or three witness confirms them.  Sometimes church leaders should be confronted about their behavior, and sometimes they should be rebuke.  But all rebuking must be done fairly and lovingly, and for the purpose of restoration.

Church leadership is a heavy responsibility, As difficult as it might be, Timothy was not to waver on any of Paul’s instruction (and particularly the instructions about rebuking elders).  Any needed discipline or rebuke must be administered without regard to Timothy’s personal inclinations or favoritism.

Lets Bring it Home: Leadership in the church today must be handled with maturity, faithfulness, godliness, and lack of favoritism.  The health of a body of believers is far more important than playing favorites with someone who is not meeting the standards wet forth here.

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