Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 5:22-25 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others, Keep yourself pure.  Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.  The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.  In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.    

Paul says that a church should never be in a hurry about choosing its leaders, especially the pastor, because major problems or sins might be overlooked.  It is a serious responsibility to choose church leaders.  They must have strong faith and be morally upright, having the qualities described in 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.

It is unclear why Paul gave this advice to Timothy, Perhaps contaminated water had led to Timothy’s indigestion and so he should stop drinking only water.  Whatever the reason, this statement is not an invitation to overindulgence or alcoholism. (If anyone can explain this please feel free to hit me back)

Lets Bring it Home: Not everyone who wants to be a church leader is eligible.  Be certain of an applicant’s qualifications before asking him or her to take a leadership position.

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