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Applying 1 Timothy 5:19 in the real world

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  • NorrinRadd
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    That verse alludes to the OT principle in the Law. Therein, the word "witness" is elsewhere translated as "testimony" or "evidence" (at least in the NET).

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  • Cow Poke
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    Yeah, if the technology existed "back in the day", I think it would be more like "Absent solid photographic evidence...."

    OR.... everybody who watches the video becomes an additional witness!

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  • Cow Poke
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    Yeah, if the technology existed "back in the day", I think it would be more like "Absent solid photographic evidence...."

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  • KingsGambit
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    Applying 1 Timothy 5:19 in the real world

    A friend of mine who is a Southern Baptist pastor was sharing his thoughts on the sexual abuse scandal, and he mentioned 1 Timothy 5:19:

    "Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses."

    This can be a difficult one in the real world, especially with sexual abuse, which can be done in secret. A he said/she said situation is difficult, and of course false accusations have been made. While acknowledging wisdom is important, he had an idea I found helpful: Corrobating evidence may serve as a witness. If there's video evidence, that might serve as a "witness."

    A hypothetical example I thought of is a situation where a church elder was caught on camera committing a crime like stealing from a store. If the elder claims that there were not two witnesses, I don't think that would fly. That technology didn't exist when 1 Timothy was written, and Paul being the pragmatic person he was, I don't think he would have any patience for someone trying to fall back on that verse as a get out of jail free card.

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