Summary of a Leaders Duties

These are the things I want you to teach and preach. If you have leaders there who teach otherwise, who refuse the solid words of our Master Jesus and this godly instruction, tag them for what they are: ignorant windbags who infect the air with germs of envy, controversy, bad-mouthing, suspicious rumors. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they don’t tell the truth. To them religion is just a way to get rich. A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we die. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after. But you, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life–a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:2-12 The Bible