The elders who do the church's work well are worth twice as much honor. That is true in a special way of elders who preach and teach.
Scripture says, "Do not stop the ox from eating while it helps separate the grain from the straw."#1(Deuteronomy 25:4)#2 Scripture also says, "Workers are worthy of their pay."#1(Luke 10:7)#2
Don't believe a charge against an elder unless two or three witnesses bring it.
Elders who sin should be corrected in front of the other believers. That will be a warning to the others.
I command you to follow those directions. I command you in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels. Treat everyone the same. Don't favor one person over another.
Don't be too quick to place your hands on others to set them apart to serve God. Don't take part in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
Stop drinking only water. If your stomach is upset, drink a little wine. It can also help the other sicknesses you often have.
The sins of some people are easy to see. They are already being judged. Others will be judged later.
In the same way, good works are easy to see. But even good works that are hard to see can't stay hidden.