Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching, for the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain” [Deuteronomy 25.4] and “The laborer deserves his wages” [Matthew 10.10; Luke 10.7].  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all so that the rest may stand in fear.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.  Do not be hasty in the laying-on of hands nor take part in the sins of others.  Keep yourself pure.  (No longer drink water only, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)

The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.  So also, good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.  (1 Timothy 5.17-25)


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