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But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

5:8 denied the faith. I Timothy 5:1-16 gives rather detailed instructions concerning caring for widows in the church. Similar instructions no doubt would apply to other believers whom circumstances have rendered unable to care for themselves. The first deacons in the first church had been appointed for just such a purpose (Acts 6:1-7). Though the church has a significant responsibility in this connection, family members of those in need have a much greater responsibility. The failure to take care of one’s own family when able to do so is tantamount to denying the faith and thus is grounds for excommunication.

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