The answer is YES. The problem is, a lot of leaders feel that DEMEANING, INTIMIDATING, BELITTLING AND INSULTING are forms of rebuke.
I have heard leaders say “you are sitting in church looking like a bull dog”, “aint nobody gone marry you because your house is nasty and you don’t know when your monthly is”, “I don’t want your money because it is cursed anyway”, “some of yall aint gone never have nothing because you are too lazy”, ” some of yall sitting there acting like you can’t praise God with your ugly self” and the list goes on.
SO LETS LOOK AT HOW THEY VALIDATE THIS ABUSE (2Tim 4:2 & 1Tim 5:20)
- Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, REBUKE (ἐπιτιμάω epitimáō), exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Ti 4:2.
THE GREEK WORD REBUKE (ἐπιτιμάω epitimáō) MEANS-to punish, rebuke, charge.
(I) One may rebuke another without bringing that one to a conviction of any fault, perhaps because there may have not been any fault or because there was fault but the rebuke was insufficient and ineffectual to bring the offender to acknowledge it. Therefore, epitimáō is merely the rebuke without any result in the person who is being rebuked. For instance, Peter or the other disciples were prone to rebuke (epitimáō) the Lord or others (Matt. 16:22; 19:13; Mark 8:32; 10:13; Luke 18:15; 19:39), but without any effect upon the Lord or the other people rebuked. The same is true when the penitent robber rebuked (epitimṓn) his fellow malefactor (Luke 23:40). With the idea of punishment (Jude 1:9 quoted from Zech. 3:2). Followed by the dat. of thing and implying a desire to restrain, e.g., spoken of winds and waves (Matt. 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24; Sept.: Ps. 106:9); of a fever (Luke 4:39). Taken from the Complete Word Study of New Testament
- Them that sin REBUKE (ἐλέγχω elégchō) before all, that others also may fear.
1 Ti 5:20.
THE GREEK WORD REBUKE (ἐλέγχω elégchō) MEANS-to convict, to prove one in the wrong and thus to shame him. Trans.:(I) To convict, to show to be wrong (John 8:9).Concerning (John 8:46; 16:8); (1 Cor. 14:24; James 2:9). To convince of error, refute, confute (Titus 1:9, 13; 2:15; (II) By implication, to reprove, rebuke, admonish (Matt. 18:15; Luke 3:19; 1 Tim. 5:20; 2 Tim. 4:2; Sept.: Gen. 21:25; Prov. 9:8). To reprove by chastisement, correct, chastise in a moral sense (Rev. 3:19); train (Heb. 12:5 from Prov. 3:11, 12. See Sept.: Job 5:17; Ps. 6:1; 38:1). Taken from the Complete Word Study of New Testament
Both of these passages were in Timothy but the word REBUKE in both passages are different and mean slightly different things. It is however NO SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT FOR REBUKING YOUR MEMBERS BY DEMEANING AND BELITTLING THEM.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12.
ITS THE WORD OF GOD THAT PROVES ONE IN WRONG DOING AND THUS CAUSING THEM TO BE ASHAMED, NOT INSULTING STATEMENTS AND DEMEANING WORDS. YOU REBUKE WITH THE WORD OF GOD!Share