Text:“Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” – 1 Timothy 5:20.
Comment: Godly leaders are perpetual threats to sinful conducts. The Bible says: “A king that sitteth in the throne of judgement scattereth away all evil with his eyes.” - Proverbs 20:8.
Today's text is a firm instruction by St. Paul to his spiritual son, Timothy, who was his companion and a leader among the early Christians. Leaders of today are required to bear in mind that they are also not expected to handle sin of any description with kid gloves but rebuke them publicly. – See Acts 5:1-11.
Those who sinned before many people, St. Paul; said should be punished publicly or, at least, come to the hearing of all, so their rebuke must be before all. Public rebuke is designed for the good of people, that they may fear, as well as for the good of the party rebuked; hence it was ordered under the law that public offenders should receive public punishment, that “all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness.” – Deuteronomy 13:11. “Open rebuke is better than secret love”, said King Solomon in Proverbs 27:5.
The charge given Joshua by God Almighty that he should be courageous and always uphold the laws of God is very important for leaders. (Joshua 1:7). Leaders must have courage, strong will and integrity to rebuke sin in any shape or form without partiality and without hypocrisy. Also, giving instructions to Titus on how erring ones should be handled, Apostle Paul stated: “Wherefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.” - Titus 1:13.