Widows in the Church

Widows sixty years old and above, and who have no children, the church was to support financially, but younger widows the church was not to support. Paul said,

But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry, having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not (1 Timothy 5.11–13).

Younger women would desire to remarry, but if they had to remain single, then Paul showed the kind of trouble that could happen. Therefore, the church was not to support them, but they were to marry.

Unfortunately, the government has taken over this work of the church. Let us keep our eyes open to how we can help widows in other ways.

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Don Ruhl

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