Safeguarding Church Order (Tues, Dec. 8)

The word of the day is “charge.”  Today, we read 1 Timothy 5:11-21, and we find that St  Paul is still instructing the young Bishop Timothy on establishing order and harmony in his congregation.  In this passage, Paul continues to recommend policies on sensitive matters that might disrupt the congregation’s life.  Among these volatile topics are the treatment of young widows (vs. 11-15), the wages of the elders (presbyters) (vs. 17-18),  accusations against elders (vs. 19), and the judgment against elders convicted of open sin (vs. 20). Today, we learn that the Apostle’s instructions are not merely recommendations that can be “bent” to the leader’s own interests and purposes. They are unbending commands for the good order of the Church.…