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SINS SO OFTEN OVERLOOKED
MISBEHAVIOR IN THE CHURCH
I Timothy 3:15


The Apostle Paul wrote the book of First Timothy to formulate a written document   concerning behavior in the Body of Christ. The key verse is 1 Tim. 3:15- "That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God". I am afraid that there is far too much misbehavior in the body of Christ today!

1-Timothy 3:15- "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
1-Timothy chapter 5- Gives us a group of rules for the Dispensation of Grace on how Preachers and Church Members should conduct their lives and ministries. The Old Testament rules that God gave Moses concerning the body of believers has been changed or reiterated where necessary to fit the will of God for the Church age.

1- REBELLION TOWARD PASTORAL LEADERSHIP.                       
Sins often overlooked!

(1)- 1 Tim. 5:1- "Rebuke not an Elder".
This of course is taking into account that he is living in God's will and preaching God's word!

Greek word for elder is the same as pastor- pres-boo'-ter-os.

The same Greek word is used for Pastor and the verse is warning Christians against being insubordinate to those in authority. There is no admonition here for lost people to obey anything except the Gospel and being saved. Salvation always comes before service. Far too many people say that they don't agree with what the Pastor is preaching without God backing up what they think from God's word. God destroyed a whole group of people in the old testament who murmured against Moses and Aaron. Many of God's covenent people were destroyed when the Lord caused the earth to open up and swallowed men, women and children who rebelled against God's men and the spiritual authority that God gave them. You will find the story in Numbers chapter 16- See Numbers 16:32 for the climax.

(2)-
1 Tim. 5:1- "Intreat Elders as a father".                                                               
This is in reference to the Pastor's leadership role. We need to remember that Elders are under the authority of the Holy Spirit whose instructions are given to him from God's word. 

2- MISTREATMENT OF CHURCH MEMBERS.
Sins often overlooked!

(A)- Mistreatment of The Male members.
1 Tim. 5:1- "Treat the younger Men as brethren". (Lit. treat them like family).
A corresponding scripture is found in
Galatians 6:1: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
We need to note that the Lord expects christians to pay special attention to the needs of other christians and to help satisfy their needs when possible. It could include financial help or some other form of physical help. It could also include being there when they need a person to talk to about problems. There are so many christians who seem to have a negative approach to everything that might cause them a little discomfort but God expects better of us.

(B)- Mistreatment of The Elder Female members.
1 Tim. 5:2- "Treat the elder Women as Mothers".
This is in reference to respect for the Elder Women even as children are admonished to respect their mothers. It also has implications of an elderly role model that others can glean instructions from and that we should listen rather vthan shun their instructions.

It is no wonder many children are coming up short of the life expectancy provided for them from God's word. Children can't have God's blessings when they disobey and rebel against parental authority. Likewise Christians are admonished to treat the elder Women as Mother in followering their christian examples.

(C)- Mistreatment of The Younger Female members.
1 Tim. 5:2- "Treat younger Women as sisters, with all purity".
Notice this admonition has an added directive: "With all Purity". There are far too many flirtations going on in the House of God and the scripture warns us that it has to stop.

2- WIDOWS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.
1- Tim. 5:3-: "Honor widows that are widows indeed."
Sins often overlooked.

(A)- In some cases the church is excused from supporting widows.
1 Tim. 5:4- "If a widow have children or nephews".
The church is relieved from custodial care if a widow has children or nephews who are able to care for her. By the way, we need to stop here and say a few words. Children who abuse or misuse their parents are going to have the wrath of Almighty God on their case in short order. I have very little patience with children who abandon their elderly parents when those parents spent the better part of their lives sacrificing to give the children everything they needed.
1-Tim. 5:4-"But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God."

(B)- Young widows are warned to honor God.
1- Tim. 5: 6: "But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth."

3- SOME MEN DO NOT TAKE A RESPONSIBLE ROLE IN LIFE.
Sins very often overlooked and seldom preached as sin!

(A)- Dead beat Fathers are warned.
1- Tim. 5:8-
"But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than infidel."
We have so many dead beat fathers in America that expect the Government to take care of their children that it is going to be a sad day when God's judgment falls. We expect to see this in lost people but it is happening in many christian homes in these last days. If a man is out of work and seeks help from a Government agency that is understandable but we are talking about those who are too lazy to work and provide for their children.


4- INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING WIDOWS.
WHO NEED CUSTODIAL CARE FROM THE CHURCH.
Sins often overlooked!

(1)- She must be at least 60 years old.
1 Tim. 5:9- "Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old". The word number is the Greek word- KAT-AL-EG'-O which means to register for public support. I want to say at this point that preachers have often used this verse inappropriately because of ignorance. I have heard some say this verse is saying that we are not to let young women who are widows become members of the church because they might live in sin. That isn't what God is trying to tell us at all! She can only be considered for the church to support her when certain criteria is met. That doesn't mean the church shouldn't help younger widows but it is telling us to not fully support them at a younger age while they are still able to get married or  support themselves.

(2)- She must have been married only once.
"Having been the wife of only one man".
1-Timothy 5:9: "Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man". The Greek word for one is "HICE" and simply means "only one". Not one at a time as I have heard it preached by some preacher who needs to quit speculating and do more studying. That doesn't mean the church shouldn't offer any help to those who have been married more than once but it is telling us to reserve full time custody for those who have been faithful.

(3)- She must have a Christ exalting life.
I Timothy 5:10- "Well reported of for good works;"
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(4)- She should be experienced with children and community service.
1-Timothy 5:10:
"if she have brought up children,".
I have no patience with mothers who abandon their children or those who have some one else care for her children while she persues a career! A mother's place is in the home, seeing after the needs of her children and keeping a Godly environment for them and her husband. The only exception is where a sorry husband has abandoned her and the children.

1-Timothy 5:10-"Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work."

(5)- She should  be given to hospitality.
I Timothy 5:10-
"if she have lodged strangers,"

(6)- She should be a spiritual asset to God's people.
I Timothy 5:10- "If she have washed the saint's
feet", which refers to servitude and could include praying for the Pastor, for missionaries and other members of the body of Christ. She should be ready to help with any need the church might have like teaching children or nursery care work and other things.

(7)- She should be a helper of the down trodden.
1- Timothy 5:10- "if she have relieved the afflicted," which also implies servitude in health care relief for those who might not be able to provide for themselves.

(8)- She should be a diligent worker for the Lord.
1-Timothy 5:10- "if she have diligently followed every good work".
Diligent means consistent and wholeheartedly. Also meaning that she has a good report from others concerning her servitude.                                                                              

5- INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARE OF THE YOUNG  WIDOWS.
1-Timothy 5:11-12: "Wait".
The indication from scripture is for the church to wait on full time custodial care until later in life for younger widows because most will find a new home and marry another husband.
Sins often overlooked.

(1)- Custodial care for able bodied young widows.
It should be put on hold. Any Christian should be helped by the church but making able bodied younger women a full time responsibility of the church is something we are abmonished not to do.

1-Timothy 5:11- "But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;" The greek word for Wanton is kat-as-tray-nee-ah'-o which means to feel the impulse of sexual desire.

(2)- Bad testimonies bring condemnation.
1-Timothy 5:12-
"Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith." We want to look at the Greek wording in this verse in order to understand the real meaning.

1-Timothy 5:11-12 are scriptures where some Preachers completely missed the point: They say; "See there I told you the young women are going to hell for their sexual attraction to males". That is nowhere close to what this scripture is trying to tell us! The Greek word for damned to hell is "ANATHAMA" but the word "damnation" used in this verse is "KEE'-MAH" and means condemnation. The next word "BECAUSE" is the Greek word "HOT'-EE" and means since.  It does not mean they fell out of faith or lost their position as a christian but it means they fell from fellowship with the Lord.

The next word we want to look at is the word cast "OFF" which is the Greek word
"ATH-ET-EH'-O" and means brought to nothing or disregard. Then let us look at the word FIRST faith. It is the Greek word PRO'-TOS and it means honor or influence. With these words we can see exactly what the scripture is saying to us. It simply is saying; A young and unruly widow will bring a reproach to the body of Christ and has brought to nothing her testimony which turns out to be one of the sins so often overlooked by the congregation. Bad testimonies of church members often cause lost people to refuse Christ.

How often have we heard some lost person say; "If that person is a Christian, the way they live; I want nothing to do with it". That is what this verse is saying. and verse 13 continues with the same thought.

1-Timothy 5:14 Sums up the matter and offers the only sane solution to the situation: 
"I will therefore that the younger women" do four things.
(1)- marry,
(2)- bear children,
(3)- guide the house,
(4)- give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully"
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It did not say for them to marry, get a job, put the children in foster care, and have an affair with their supervisor.

6-SALARIES FOR PASTORS AND MISSIONARY SUPPORT.
1 Corinthians 9:14- "They that preach the gospel should live of the gospel". That means a preacher should be supported by the church.
Sins very often overlooked.

(1)- Members should give double honor to preachers.
Sins often overlooked.
1-Timothy 5:17-"Those who preach the Gospel are worthy of double honor". This verse specifically teaches that God's Preachers are his representatives and should be looked to for any spiritual advise needed by Church members. Here are more sins so often overlooked by church congregations when people think they know more than the Preacher and continue to live their lives the way they want even when they are living in sin.

(2)- Preachers should be compensated for their service.
Sins often overlooked!
1-Timothy 5:18: Scripture tells us that a minister is to be compensated for his labor in
the ministry. "thy shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn and the laborer is worthy of his reward".

1 Corinthians 9:11- "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we reap your carnal things "?
1 Corinthians 9:13- "Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things, live of the things of the temple; and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar"?

(3)- God ordained that Preachers be provided for.
Sins very often overlooked.
1 Corinthians 9:14- "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel."

It is ludicrous for Pastors and Missionaries to have to get a secular job to support their family while
doing the work of Christ. Some think this is all right and proper but it isn't in God's directive. I have heard Preachers say they could hold down a job and Pastor a Church without any problem but I disagree. 

How can a Minister who is obligated to an employer take care of his congregation when one of the members or one of their relatives has a tragedy and he is needed at the Hospital or the funeral home to council with grieving souls? There are other problems that need immediate Pastoral attention as well and if the Minister is tied down with secular work, he can't address those needs.
1-Corinthians 9:14-"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel".

(4)- It is wrong to make accusations against preachers without two or more witnesses.
More sins so often overlooked!

1-Timothy 5:19: A warning against bringing an unjust accusation against an elder- (Pastor). There must be a witness to back up the accusation and that is to be with at least two and better if there are three witnesses. The scripture tells us. "a three fold cord is not easily broken" and that simply means; when a problem arises it is better to have a group of brethren to approach the person in order to keep the facts in order. For instance; A Preacher friend and his wife recently approached a situation where a well known evangelist along with his wife, came to preach a revival at their home church and my friend with his wife saw a sinful situation in the lives of the visiting minister concerning his wife but the situation turned ugly after the sin was exposed. It was denied by the visiting minister and it was their word against the word of my friends. The Church pastor wanted to believe my friend but he wound up taking sides with the evangelist. It caused some very hard feelings and a departing from the church where they had been members for nearly twenty years. What I suggest would be either keeping it to yourself if you don't have several witnesses or getting it on film so there would be no question as to the facts.

(5)- It is wrong to let Preachers get away with open sin.
Sins very often overlooked.
1-Timothy 5:20
- "Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear". Rebuke is EL-ENG'-KHO which means to reprehend severely, to expose fault, to call to account, to demand an explanation. Still further sins often overlooked!

During my pastorate in Alaska, it came to my attention that the mission pastor we were called to replace and who was still a member of the church was practicing sin: He was an aged man who had many years experience in the ministry but worldliness had taken preeminence over scriptural teachings. Among other things he was taking mission support from a prominent mission board with a host of churches making up his support and was operating a business with a Float plane given to his ministry by a widow woman in North Carolina that was given  for reaching lost souls with the gospel. He had a hanger located at the city airport that was built with mission labor and mission dollars. He was flying cargo and people for hire with whiskey being delivered to the logging camps and to the Indians. One Indian man told him; I thought you preachers said it was a sin to put the bottle to your neighbor's lips Meaning that he and the Minister both knew it was a sin!

The minister laughed it off and kept doing the same. The sad thing was, that one of my church members was a bush pilot who supported his family by flying for this man. I spent many heartbreaking hours praying over the matter and seeking the Lord's face about God's directions for handling this situation. The pilot was a good man and loved the Lord but he told me it would be hard to bite the hand that fed him and his family. I agreed but I also told him he had to make a decision to honor God or to suppress Holy Spirit instructions. He finally gave God the Glory and quit the job and almost immediately a better job opened up for him as a pilot and one he was blessed with. Anyway, what I am trying to relate in this story is about rebuking an elder and that is what I had to do. One of the men from the church and myself made an appointment to meet the elder minister at the church one night and with me being a young minister right out of Bible College, I opened with the statement:

"You sir being an elderly minister and a pastor with years experience, should be giving me advise but I am here to rebuke you for sinning".

He came to the meeting to give me a piece of his mind but when I made my opening statement; he dropped his head, made no other remarks and made his way to the door. There comes a time when we must take a stand against sin even if it is from an Elder or Preacher. It is sad to realize there are ordained ministers who once held the Gospel ministry in high esteem but later have drifted into sin.

(6)- God expects preachers to maintain a good testimony.
Sins so often overlooked!
 1-Timothy 5:24:
A bad testimony will cause others to sin: "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment, and some men they follow after". Here is a verse of scripture that many preachers have misinterpreted or didn't bother to study the real meaning. I have heard some say it means that sin revealed for some will be met in the life to come and others in this life but that is not what God is telling us here. The word "OPEN"  beforehand is the Greek word- "PROD'-AY-LOS" which means, openly evident, known to all. "BEFORE" to judgment  is the Greek word, "PRO-AG'-O" and it means to bring one forth to trial.
"JUDGMENT" is the Greek word, "KREE'-SIS" which means being tried and condemned. That is exactly what happened in the story I used about rebuking the preacher taken in sin.
The sins were evident for all to see and he was brought forth to trial and condemned. "and some men's sins follow after"
"AFTER" is the Greek word,
"EP-AK-OL-OO-THEH'-O" which means to tread in one's footsteps. In other words: "To follow his example". What scripture is telling us here is that they who practice sin shall be as a roll model for others to imitate therefore causing others to fall into sin.

(7)- Circumstances can cause testimonies to go positive or negative.
1-Timothy 5:25-
"Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand and they that are otherwise cannot be hid
".
Good works is the Greek word, KAL-OS' and means, morally good, noble, praiseworthy. Good Christian service always promotes the good pleasure of God and is known openly of others and "they that are otherwise cannot be hid"- cannot is the Greek word, DOO'-NAM-AHEE and means, having no power to conceal a matter.

In this scripture we have a positive and a negative: Those who do good are praised in comparison to those who are openly exposed.


CONCLUSION:

This Sermon is lengthy but it will open your eyes to several truths from God's word if you will study it carefully. I trust that you will make the necessary changes in your life or in your church to comply with God's Word concerning these sins so often overlooked in the body of Christ. If everything is in proper order where you worship the Lord; you can be one whose testimony is praiseworthy. If you are not sure that you would go to heaven if you died this moment, you need to repent of your sins and place them under the Blood of God's precious Son. Ask Him to come into your heart to live forever and He will write your name in the Lamb's book of life in heaven.

By James T. Tyson Sr.