1 Timothy 5:19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. NIV
I can’t actually even find the translation that was used in the sermon… flipping through youversion I don’t see it… but somewhere, there’s a translation of the second verse that doesn’t specify “elders”.
And so, it was twisted…. to mean “those who criticize the pastor unless they have two of three people who have specifically seen him sinning”.
Someone recently used the church social media website to openly ask about some of the things going on.
And the response… didn’t address the issues at all… she was just told basically “how could you dare criticize me… don’t you remember how I helped you at one point?” and basically a personal attack on her.
Before proceeding to delete any sort of open discussion at all… while allowing the few that do to post things like “let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths” using scripture to pretty much say that nothing in the way of real discussion is going to be allowed and all but rubbing it in to those who would like to start one.
Oh, and accusing the ones trying to clear the air of being the ones who caused the division… not that they are just the only ones willing to address the division already caused by the recent happenings.
Followed by that twisted scripture in the sermon.
Every time I think my opinion on him has dropped as low as it can… I get surprised.