SO OFTEN OVERLOOKED
MISBEHAVIOR IN THE
I Timothy 3:15
First Timothy to formulate a written document concerning
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!
3:15- "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou
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
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.
REBELLION TOWARD PASTORAL LEADERSHIP.
Sins often overlooked!
(1)- 1 Tim. 5:1- "Rebuke
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.
same Greek word
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.
1 Tim. 5:1- "Intreat
Elders as a father".
This is in reference to the Pastor's leadership role. We need to
Elders are under the authority of the Holy Spirit whose instructions
him from God's word.
MISTREATMENT OF CHURCH MEMBERS.
(A)- Mistreatment of The
Sins often overlooked!
Tim. 5:1- "Treat the
younger Men as brethren". (Lit. treat them like family).
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
1 Tim. 5:2- "Treat
elder Women as Mothers".
This is in reference
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
is no wonder
coming up short of the life expectancy provided for them from God's
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.
Mistreatment of The Younger Female members.
1 Tim. 5:2- "Treat
Women as sisters, with all purity".
Notice this admonition has an
directive: "With all Purity". There are far too many flirtations going
in the House of God and the scripture warns us that it has to stop.
WIDOWS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.
1- Tim. 5:3-: "Honor
are widows indeed."
In some cases the church is excused from supporting
1 Tim. 5:4-
"If a widow have children or nephews".
church is relieved from custodial care if a widow has children or
nephews who are
able to care for her.
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
1-Tim. 5:4-"But if any
widow have children or
nephews, let them learn to
piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and
acceptable before God."
(B)- Young widows are warned to honor
1- Tim. 5: 6: "But she that
liveth in pleasure is
dead while she liveth."
3- SOME MEN DO NOT TAKE A RESPONSIBLE ROLE
Sins very often overlooked and seldom preached as sin!
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.
WHO NEED CUSTODIAL CARE FROM THE CHURCH.
Sins often overlooked!
least 60 years old.
1 Tim. 5:9- "Let not a widow be
the number under threescore years old". The word number is the
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
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
She must have been married only once.
"Having been the wife of only one
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
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
(3)- She must have a Christ exalting life.
I Timothy 5:10- "Well
reported of for good works;".
should be experienced with children and community service.
1-Timothy 5:10: "if she have
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.
5:10-"Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up
if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if
she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every
should be given to hospitality.
I Timothy 5:10- "if
she have lodged strangers,"
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.
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
1-Timothy 5:10- "if she have
diligently followed every
consistent and wholeheartedly. Also meaning that she has a
good report from others concerning her servitude.
5- INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARE
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
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
testimonies bring condemnation.
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.
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
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"
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.
often have we
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:
therefore that the younger women"
do four things.
(3)- guide the
(4)- give none
occasion to the
adversary to speak reproachfully".
It did not say
for them to marry, get a job, put the children in foster care, and have
an affair with their supervisor.
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.
Members should give double
honor to preachers.
Sins often overlooked.
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
Sins often overlooked!
5:18: Scripture tells us that a
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
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
How can a Minister
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.
9:14-"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the
should live of the gospel".
(4)- It is wrong to make accusations against
preachers without two or more witnesses.
More sins so often overlooked!
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
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
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
Sins very often overlooked.
1-Timothy 5:20- "Them
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
During my pastorate
in Alaska, it
came to my attention that the mission pastor we were called to replace
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
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
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
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
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.
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
minister right out of Bible College, I opened with the statement:
sir being an
and a pastor with years experience, should be giving me advise but I am
to rebuke you for sinning".
He came to the meeting to
give me a
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
is sad to realize there are ordained ministers who once held the Gospel
ministry in high esteem but later have drifted into sin.
God expects preachers to maintain
a good testimony.
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.
Sins so often overlooked!
1-Timothy 5:24: A bad testimony will cause others to sin:
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
"PROD'-AY-LOS" which means,
openly evident, known to all. "BEFORE" to
judgment is the Greek word, "PRO-AG'-O" and
to bring one forth to trial.
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
which means to tread in one's footsteps. In other
words: "To follow his example". What scripture is telling us here is
they who practice sin shall be as a roll model for others to imitate
therefore causing others to fall into sin.
can cause testimonies to go
positive or negative.
also the good
works of some are manifest beforehand and they
that are otherwise cannot be
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
and a negative: Those who do good are praised in comparison to those
are openly exposed.
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
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.
T. Tyson Sr.