Need help with this verse 1 TIm 5 v22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
Does Paul mean laying on of hands as in the way we see believers do it today n healing and preaching and praying? and why would he say do not be hasty,could this also mean that one could lay on hands if one analysed the situation?
Thank you for your question. Some have understood this of laying on hands to heal the sick; others of the laying on of hands to absolve penitents, but the obvious meaning is to refer it to ordination. It was usual to lay the hands on the heads of those who were ordained to a sacred office, or appointed to perform an important duty. The idea here is, that Timothy should not be hasty in an act so important as that of introducing people to the ministry. He should take time to give them a fair trial of their piety; he should have satisfactory evidence of their qualifications. He should not at once introduce a man to the ministry because he gave evidence of piety, or because he burned with an ardent zeal, or because he thought himself qualified for the work. It is clear from this that Paul regarded Timothy as having the right to ordain to the ministry; but not that he was to ordain alone, or as a prelate. The injunction would be entirely proper on the supposition that others were to be associated with him in the act of ordaining.
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