Do not accept everything you hear about leaders

1 Timothy Bible Background

10.25.2016 – New Testament: 1Ti 5.19–20

To read the Bible in a year, read First Timothy 5 on October 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord knew that Christians would make false accusations against elders. Therefore, He had Paul write a warning to Timothy, and what to do, if the accusation was true,

Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear (1 Timothy 5.19–20). 

To accuse an elder, there needs to be evidence, not just the potential whim of one person. However, if an elder had been caught sinning, Timothy was to rebuke him.

Truly, we should not accept accusations about anyone, whether your next door neighbor or the leader of your nation, without evidence. Do not believe everything you hear about leaders.


  • Have you made an accusation against an elder or any other kind of leader?
  • Have you received an accusation against someone, and then found out later that the accusation had been false?

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